Howard Abbott hands out his player ratings as Rovers fall to defeat at Ewood Park against Brentford…
Thomas Kaminski 6
He didn’t have much do across the game. Was kept on his toes in the second half with a long-range effort from Canos, and he couldn’t really do much about the penalty.
Ryan Nyambe 4
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His performance today was one of the worst I can remember from Nyambe in recent times, and he didn’t help his case to be a starter, especially with Joe Rankin-Costello now back in the mix. Was sussed out from minute one by Brentford and never really got going at all. Was caught too high for Brentford winning the penalty, but it feels harsh holding that against him.
Taylor Harwood-Bellis 6
Similar to his performance against Swansea midweek. I never really noticed him during the game, which can be seen as a good thing. Had a solid enough game and has looked much better since moving into the side next to Lenihan. Branthwaite will find it hard to feature much in the final ten matches.
Darragh Lenihan 6
Similar to THB, had a decent enough game today. Not going to hold the penalty decision against him really, he was caught in an awkward position and in truth, it was never a penalty in a million years.
Barry Douglas 5
An almost strange performance from Douglas. It was the basics today really. Every time he had the ball, he never really seemed in control of it and was caught out frequently. Did feel. however. that he put some fairly decent balls into the box, especially from dead ball situations.
Tom Trybull 5
One of our best performers in recent games, but struggled today. Tried to be more expansive like previously with his passing, trying to pass the ball through the eye of a needle, but to no avail. Also gave the ball away for the penalty/
John Buckley 6
Average game for the impressive Buckley. Looked as slick as ever on the ball and as tenacious into the tackle, but just didn’t quite have the impact he has had in previous games. Did an unusual amount of lofted balls too, which looked more like hit and hopes more than anything.
Bradley Dack N/A
Absolutely heartbroken and it doesn’t feel right giving him a rating. The feeling of Wigan at home last season was one of the worst I can remember inside a football stadium – the silence and the worry – but yet it feels so much worse now. Seeing Mowbray’s face as he passed on a stretcher like he did 15 months ago was horrific to watch. I can’t honestly imagine what it must be like to work so hard, day in day out, to get back to fitness after such an horrific injury, just to be put back to square one four months later – it must by sickening. At such an important part of his career too, a man who was destined for the top, now has his career and future in jeopardy. Wishing him a sound and speedy recovery.Embed from Getty Images
Sam Gallagher 4
Poor 45 minutes for Gallagher really. Got the ball at his feet often, but lost the ball far too frequently and never really offered us an outlet in attack. Was taken off for Elliott, which was probably the right decision.
Ben Brereton 5
Was far too quiet in the game today. Thinking back, I honestly can’t think of much that he did, which is unlike him. Like Gallagher, he was subbed after 45 minutes and was probably the correct call by Mowbray.
Tyrhys Dolan 5
Started for the third game in a row, but never really had that impact like before. His relentless pressing was there again, but just never really got that rub of the green in key areas. Seemed to overwork everything he did, but good to see him get another ninety.
Joe Rothwell (on 46 mins, replacing Sam Gallagher) 7 (MAN OF THE MATCH)
I’m usually against giving the ‘Man Of The Match’ to substitutes, but I had to after his performance. In a game that was slowly falling away, his appearance brought us to life. He drove at the defence, he made things happen, and probably warranted a start against Bristol City. However, as we’ve previously seen with Rothwell over his time at the club, he was lacking in the finishing department, especially with a chance with about ten minutes to go – his effort lacked any sort of conviction or direction.
Harvey Elliott (on 46 mins, replacing Ben Brereton) 5
Did okay when he came on. Tried to make things happen as he usually does, but like everyone today, he just didn’t get things going.
Lewis Travis (on 54 mins, replacing Tom Trybull) N/A
With the whole Dack situation, you’d be forgiven for forgetting that Travis went off injured himself. He left the field just seven minutes after coming on.
Bradley Johnson (on 61 mins, replacing Lewis Travis) 5
Good to see Johnson back. A player who you appreciate more when he’s not there than when he is. Didn’t really do much wrong in his 30-minute-or-so appearance.
Elliott Bennett (on 77 mins, replacing John Buckley) 6
Came on for the final fifteen minutes or so, but never really had an impact on the game. Can have a six, however, for his wonderful choice of words towards the ref at the end of the game – you’ll have seen the video on Twitter!
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