Mark Whittle hands out his ratings as Rovers fall to defeat at home to AFC Bournemouth…
Note: The players are rated on a scale from 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest.
Thomas Kaminski 6
Did not really have anything to do all match apart from picking the ball out of the back of his net twice – from Bournemouth’s only two shots all game. He was almost caught out early on by Billing closing his clearance down.
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Ryan Nyambe 5
Not the best we have seen from Nyambe this season. Lacked any urgency, much like the rest of the team. Never really got forward to threaten the Bournemouth backline with any driving runs. No surprise to see him get substituted as Mowbray tends to substitute him if he starts.
Darragh Lenihan 5
He was sloppy in possession at times. Almost let Brooks in after giving away possession easily early in the game, which led to Trybull getting away with what looked to be a foul just outside the penalty area. He was beaten far too easily by Danjuma for Bournemouth’s second goal – ultimately killing off any chance of Rovers getting back into the match, which was highly unlikely even before the second goal went in.
Taylor Harwood-Bellis 5
Defended reasonably well enough at times against a Bournemouth team who did not provide or create too much to trouble Rovers, but like Lenihan, his distribution let him down on occasions.
Barry Douglas 5
He was beaten easily by Brooks on a couple of occasions down his side of the pitch, most notably in the build up to Bournemouth’s opening goal. He tried to get forward as much possible, especially in the first half without really having any impact or creating any chances for the Rovers forwards.
Tom Trybull 5
Started the match poorly in his distribution with several misplaced passes. He grew into the match as it went on, but still nowhere near to the standards he was playing at a month ago or so.
Bradley Johnson 4
The whole Rovers midfield was extremely poor with a complete lack of urgency or creativity. Johnson just did not get a foot hold into the game and he was far too slow in his build-up play. Looked lethargic throughout.
Joe Rothwell N/A
Unfortunately went off injured early on. Hopefully, his injury is not too serious.
Harvey Elliott 6 (MAN OF THE MATCH)
Rovers’ best player of the game. The only player in blue and white who seemingly looked as though could create anything. The exceedingly rare decent build-up play came from Elliott without any final product. Surprised he was one of the players that made way when Mowbray made the triple substitution, with the final throw of the dice.
Tyrhys Dolan 4
Just did not get into the match at all. Anonymous throughout. No surprise that he made way for Gallagher not long into the second half.
Adam Armstrong 5
First game back for Armstrong after injury. Linked up well with Elliott in the early exchanges, however he was just feeding off scraps throughout. Missed an injury time penalty – his second successive penalty miss that perfectly summed up Rovers’ afternoon.
Lewis Holtby (on 24 mins, replacing Joe Rothwell) 6
He was bright when he came on for the injured Rothwell. Tried to make things happen without any success to show for it.
Sam Gallagher (on 56 mins, replacing Tyrhys Dolan) 5
Did not have the desired impact that Mowbray would have hoped. He just competed for long, hopeful balls as Rovers struggled to get back into the match. He did win the penalty in added time.
Stewart Downing (on 79 mins, replacing Tom Trybull) N/A
Rare game time for Downing, with not enough time to make any impact on proceedings.
Elliott Bennett (on 79 mins, replacing Ryan Nyambe) N/A
Straight swap for Nyambe, but not enough time to make an impact.
John Buckley (on 79 mins, replacing Harvey Elliott) N/A
Was surprised Elliott made way. Buckley’s most notable contribution was a late volley in a match that Rovers did not trouble Begovic.