Daniel Ainsworth discusses three talking points from Rovers’ draw at Bristol City…
The Belgian shot-stopper
Each week, Thomas Kaminski impresses and the trip to Bristol City was no different. The save from Scott Wharton’s deflection was a sign of class, and the save from the header in the second half was top drawer.
The Belgian gives the defence so much confidence and the entire team, and he is an essential member of the Rovers side.
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We’ve seen so much talk about contracts over the past 12 months, but for me, Thomas Kaminski is one of the first names we need to sign up to a longer contract because a Premier League club – or a club abroad – could easily come calling.
Seeing Daniel Ayala return to the matchday squad is always positive, and he was introduced earlier than expected, if expected at all that is.
Ayala brought some much-needed stability to a Rovers defence that was struggling with the aerial presence of Chris Martin and Andreas Weimann, and his experience shone through once more.
For me, Ayala should be in the Rovers starting eleven when fit. He brings the stability I mentioned above, and the experience he has is second to none in the defence.
As long as he stays fit for the majority of this season, my hopes for Rovers remain at the same level.
I’d like to send my best wishes to Ian Poveda following his injury, and it is such a shame for Ian that his quality was just starting to show through.
The injury leaves Rovers likely to start with a front three of Reda Khadra, Ben Brereton Diaz and Tyrhys Dolan on Wednesday night, although Dan Butterworth may be given another chance to impress.
When players are absent, this is the opportunity for the fringe players to impress and show the manager and fans that they are worthy of becoming a starter in the side.
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