Mark Whittle hands out his player ratings as Rovers lose to League One opposition in the first round of the Carabao Cup…
Thomas Kaminski 7
Did not really have too much to do in the game, especially in the first half – other than an attempt of a lob far out from Phillips, that would have caught him out if it had been on target. Was busier in the second. Could not do anything about Stockton’s goal, and Phillips’ penalty was taken well.
Ryan Nyambe 6
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He got forward well in the first half whilst playing wing-back. His final ball let him down on occasions, and he almost scored a rare goal himself with a header which was saved by the Morecambe ‘keeper. Did not have as much influence going forward after the break as Rovers changed system.
Tyler Magloire 6
Defended decent enough but Morecambe offered little threat in the first half. His distribution at times let him down and did look nervy in possession at times – even when under no pressure.
Darragh Lenihan 6
Not the best of games I have seen from Lenihan. Showed leadership in a young backline but did seem to struggle with the power of Morecambe’s forwards at times in the second half. He was overpowered in the lead up to Morecambe’s equaliser.
Hayden Carter 6
As with Magloire, defended reasonably okay although he did look more comfortable in possession than his partner. He had a physical battle against Morecambe’s forwards.
Harry Pickering 6
Was impressed with him in the first half. He seemed much more comfortable in a wing-back role that allowed him to get forward at every opportunity. He put some lovely deliveries into the box, most notably the one for Dolan’s goal to put Rovers ahead. Like with most of the Rovers team, was much quieter in the second as Morecambe restricted Rovers’ forward play.
Lewis Travis 6
He saw much of the ball during the game and kept the ball moving in the first half. In the second he seemed to slow play down as Rovers struggled to create much at all. A frustrating evening for Travis.
Joe Rothwell 6
Ran the show again in the early stages and dictated the flow of the game. Really easy on the eye. He was playing a much deeper role. Did not have as much effect on the game in the second half before making way.
John Buckley 6
He showed some lovely touches at times, and he looked the livelier of the midfield players. He almost scored with a curling shot that was finding the top corner. When Buckley was replaced, Rovers did not look the same in midfield. He was probably substituted due to being on a yellow card, otherwise, I feel he stays on the pitch.
Ben Brereton 6
Frustrating night for Brereton-Diaz. He missed a golden chance to put Rovers 1-0 up after only a few minutes. If that goes in, it is a different game completely. Worked hard as always, but nothing was really coming off for him and that extra bit of quality was lacking.
Tyrhys Dolan 7
You just cannot fault Dolan’s commitment or work rate. He plays the game as though he is playing in the school ground, never afraid to try a trick or two. He was outstanding in the opening 30 minutes and deservedly got his goal. Tired as the game wore on and became less effective as did the rest of the team. Man Of The Match.
Dan Butterworth 5 (replaced John Buckley after 45 mins)
Did not have the same impact or look as lively as he did when he came off the bench against Swansea last weekend.
Sam Gallagher 5 (replaced Joe Rothwell after 66 mins)
Gave Rovers a bit more threat up front, maybe he should have come on sooner.
Jacob Davenport 5 (replaced Tyler Magloire after 65 mins)
Like the other substitutes on the night, he did not make much impact to change the game. Possibly unlucky not to be awarded a penalty near the end though.