Ratings: Buckley stars in midweek draw


Mark Whittle hands out his ratings as Rovers draw 1-1 with promotion-chasing Swansea City at Ewood Park…

Thomas Kaminski 7

I don’t really remember him having a shot to save as Rovers, in large, kept the Swansea frontline at bay. He was unlucky not to keep Ayew’s penalty out after seemingly getting a hand to it.

Joe Rankin-Costello 7

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Solid performance as he makes his continued return to the side. He showed plenty of decent touches and his link up play with Brereton was very good, particularly in the first half. Defended well – most notably making an important interception ten minutes before half-time on the rare occasion Swansea put a good cross in to the Rovers box.

Darragh Lenihan 7

Looked solid throughout and led by example. Tried to catch Swansea out with a couple of through balls to the forwards. He is starting to forge a good partnership alongside Harwood-Bellis. Rovers have looked much tighter at the back in the last two matches, and Rovers do look a better side when Lenihan plays.

Taylor Harwood-Bellis 7

A decent game for the City loanee. Seemingly looking comfortable and growing into the centre-half role, playing alongside the experience of Lenihan. He was good under pressure. Another assured performance. Solid partnership with Lenihan starting to form.

Barry Douglas 7

Recent performances have been better by Douglas. Got forward well on the overlap supporting Gallagher when needed. Defended well enough, 

Tom Trybull 7

Followed up his excellent display at Millwall with another assured performance in midfield. A superb assist for Dack’s goal. It is a shame we have not had him available in this form for much of this season. The current midfield trio performing to a high standard as Rovers look a different proposition. Cut up bits of play, stopping the Swansea midfield players from taking a hold of the match.

John Buckley 8 (MAN OF THE MATCH)

A fine all-round midfield performance from Buckley. He was very neat on the ball, showing nice touches, playing out from deep areas. Also showed good strength when in possession of the ball. A very mature performance and is certainly taking his chance right now, giving Mowbray plenty of food for thought.

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Bradley Dack 8

Dack is back, no doubt about it. Great to start watching the Dack of old in around the box making a nuisance of himself. Full of running and got into some good areas, causing the Swansea defenders problems, asking questions of them all night. Got another goal, two in two. Vintage Dack!

Sam Gallagher 7

Another good performance form Gallagher and another player who is seemingly improving. Worked hard and tirelessly for the team. He made several strong, powerful runs. Had a great chance in the first half when Brereton played him through. Thought he was unlucky to give away the penalty that led to Swansea’s equaliser and ultimately a share of the spoils on the night.

Ben Brereton 7

One of Rovers’ best performers of the match yet again. He has made a big difference and impact since his return to the starting eleven. He really troubled Swansea, particularly in the first half with driving runs from the right-hand side. Possibly unlucky not to be awarded a penalty within the first few minutes of the game. He also had a great chance just after the break to put Rovers back in front, but his effort over the Swans keeper went wide. He maybe feels that he should have done better with his effort.

Tyrhys Dolan 7

A lively performance again in the ‘fake’ number nine role. He looked bright in the early parts of the game. Great skill by him almost gave Rovers an early chance to go in front as he played Brereton in who was possibly unlucky not to get a penalty. Swansea struggled to contain him, especially in the early exchanges.


Harvey Elliott (on 70 mins, replacing Sam Gallagher) 7

He was typical Elliott when he came on. Added to Rovers’ attacking threat as they went in search of the winner.

Ryan Nyambe 6 (on 76 mins, replacing Joe Rankin-Costello) 6

Straight replacement for JRC who is not able to see through the full match quite yet. Slotted in very well when he came on.

Lewis Travis (on 87 mins, replacing Tom Trybull) N/A

Not enough time to make any real impact.

Joe Rothwell N/A (on 87 mins, replacing Bradley Dack) N/A

Like Travis, he wasn’t given enough time to make impact.

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