Ratings as Rovers show defensive strength

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Mark Whittle hands out his player ratings from the goalless draw at Barnsley…

Thomas Kaminski 7

It was not a busy afternoon for the Rovers stopper, but when called upon, he was his usual reliable self as the last line of defence. The standout moment has to be the Belgian denying Barnsley’s Odour putting the hosts ahead one-on-one in the first half.

Ryan Nyambe 7

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Solid display by the full back. Defensively sound throughout and got forward at every opportunity. The only criticism is that sometimes his final ball is not always there when in good positions to put the ball into the box.

Darragh Lenihan 7

He was caught out when Odour was able to go one-on-one which could have ended much worse for Rovers. Overall, though, defended well as Rovers recorded a second successive clean sheet in a matter of days. The defending as a team is looking organised this season and I do like the Lenihan and Ayala centre-halve partnership.

Daniel Ayala 8

The more I see of Ayala the more impressed I am of him. Was at the heart of everything the team did defensively. He puts his body on the line and is there to block every ball and win his aerial battles. His experience is vital, and he is showing good leadership. His partnership with Lenihan looks solid. Man Of The Match

Harry Pickering 7

Did not seem to put a foot wrong. As with the whole team, stuck to his defensive duties admirably. We did not see him get forward as much as we have done in previous matches at Ewood in the last couple of games, but I think he is settling into life well at Rovers and is improving game by game.

Lewis Travis 7

Battled well for the team. Was not outstanding but stuck to his job well, tried to make things happen in midfield in a tight contest.

Joe Rothwell 6

Disappointing afternoon from Rothwell. From an attacking perspective, I only really remember one driving run, but certainly not as effective as we would have liked. He did not get on the ball too much and ultimately looked anonymous before being replaced.

John Buckley 6

Like Rothwell, he was not as effective as we have seen from him previously. He played more on the left side of midfield but did not influence the match as we woud have expected.

Ian Poveda 4

He was put straight into the side for his second Rovers start, but an extremely disappointing debut for Poveda. Lost possession on numerous occasions. Did very little work to win the ball back either. A harsh lesson learnt for the Leeds loanee. Hopefully, once he settles into life at Rovers and understands what is required of him, that we will see him improve.

Ben Brereton-Diaz 6

Plenty of endeavour by the frontman but not his best game. He had a glorious chance to win it when one-on-one late in the second half, however he did not look convincing or clinical when in forward areas. Kept on working hard for the team, just was not his day.

Tyrhys Dolan 5

A quiet afternoon for Dolan too. Started the game bright enough but started to fade as the match wore on. It was not a day for the forwards.

Substitutes

Reda Khadra 6 (replaced Tyrhys Dolan after 67 mins)

I thought he was unfortunate not to start the match after his impressive display when coming off the bench in midweek. Very quick on the counterattack and he played a lovely ball through for Brereton-Diaz, a chance to win the match which was spurned. 

Leighton Clarkson 5 (replaced Ian Poveda after 67 mins)

Did not make too much of an impression on the game when coming on. I think he will improve with the more game time he gets.

Tayo Edun 5 (replaced Joe Rothwell after 71 mins)

Came off the bench to slot into the central midfield role, showing that Mowbray clearly will use his versatility. Only had 20 minutes in this contest, but I think there are exciting times ahead for Edun in Rovers colours.

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