Ratings: Terrific attacking trio lead the way in Sheffield United victory

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Completing our content from the Sheffield United victory, Mark Whittle hands out his player ratings…

Thomas Kaminski 7

He could not do anything about Brewster’s opener, but when called upon he had to be alert. Pulled off a fine save from Billy Sharp when the score was at 1-1, moments before Rovers went up the other end to go 2-1 up. Other than that Sheffield United offered little to trouble the Rovers ‘keeper.

Ryan Nyambe 7

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Not his greatest game, but I cannot remember him doing much wrong either. He got forward more in the second half as Rovers really upped the pressure.

Darragh Lenihan 8

He really stood up to the test and put in a true captain’s performance. Solid performance. Handled Billy Sharp superbly throughout. His partnership with Wharton looked like they had been playing consistently together for a long time.

Scott Wharton 8

A surprise inclusion after almost 12 months out injured – not that you could have noticed. A brilliant comeback. After going 0-1 down so early on, Rovers recovered well and the defence played their part, limiting the visitors to very few chances. Again, his partnership with Lenihan picked up where it left off all those months ago. Promising signs going forward.

Tayo Edun 6

He struggled at times, especially in the first half. All of Sheffield United’s early work came down Edun’s side and was beaten far too easily on one or two occasions. He grew into the match as the game went on as Rovers began to dominate proceedings and limited the visitors to minimal chances.

Jacob Davenport 7

Another surprise inclusion, but pleasantly surprised. He kept play going in midfield and more than played his part in an excellent all-round team performance.

Lewis Travis 7

The Travis we all know and love. Broke up play when needed and was a driving force from midfield. Showed a positive energy to drive the team on. His passion is there for all to see. He was instrumental in the build up to put Rovers 2-1 in front.

John Buckley 8

An excellent display in the number 10 role. A mature performance. Showed his quality on many occasions and was another driving force in the team. Dominated the ball. He was unfortunate not to cap off a brilliant performance with a goal when he hit the post late on.

BLACKBURN, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 06: John Buckley of Blackburn Rovers during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Sheffield United at Ewood Park on November 6, 2021 in Blackburn, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Reda Khadra 8

Mowbray decided to change his forward line and it proved to be a good decision. Khadra was a constant threat with his pace and quality on the ball. The supporters were often on the edge of their seats when he was on the ball. Took his goal well and deservedly got on the scoresheet. He was one of three or four who could have received the MOTM.

Ian Poveda 8

Where did this performance come from? I think it is safe to say we have not seen the best of Poveda until now. Like the other front players, he was a constant threat throughout with his pace and trickery. As with Khadra deserved his goal. He received the club’s Man of the Match award, but he just missed out to BBD in my opinion.

Ben Brereton-Diaz

What can you say? The Chilean just gets better and better. The front three were unplayable, but BBD had pace, power and work immensely hard. Ran his socks off! He should have had want seemingly looked a clear penalty in the first half. Good movement for him to score to put Rovers in front. A complete performance! Man Of The Match

Substitutes

Tyrhys Dolan 6 (replaced Reda Khadra after 67 mins)

A typical Dolan performance when he came on. Never stopped working hard or running to protect Rovers’ lead.

Joe Rothwell 6 (replaced Jacob Davenport after 78 mins)

He added to Rovers’ attacking threat when he came on with one or two good runs himself as the team pushed for more goals.

Dan Butterworth N/A (replaced Ian Poveda after 93 mins)

A late cameo performance.

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