Completing our content from the Stoke victory, Chris Heyes hands out his player ratings…
Thomas Kaminski 6
Wasn’t tested by a very lame Stoke attack and had very little to do until being forced off with injury. Fingers and toes crossed that it’s not too serious.
Ryan Nyambe 6
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Didn’t give the opposition a sniff. Slightly too indecisive with the ball at his feet sometimes, but played his part in another clean sheet.
Darragh Lenihan 8
The skipper is getting better and better. Marshalled the back five with authority and didn’t put a foot wrong.
Jan Paul van Hecke 7
Slotted straight back in to the side and didn’t look out of place. Calm and composed on the ball and a brick wall without it.
Scott Wharton 8
The run goes on of being undefeated with Scott in the side. His left foot is getting sweeter by the game. A beautiful through ball in the first half that split the Stoke lines, add that to his physical presence and we have a proper centre half.
Harry Pickering 7
He looks better defensively every week and always carries a threat linking up with Diaz down the left. Didn’t see as much offensively of him as usual but under the circumstances that was for the best.
Lewis Travis 7
He hassled, he broke up play, he did everything you’d come to expect from him. The pivot of our perfect midfield triangle.
John Buckley 9
Could barely run come full time and after that performance you can see why. Was always where he needed to be breaking up attacks, clearing from his own box and driving us forward with his unrivalled passing ability – and picked up another (albeit lucky) assist. Man Of The Match
Joe Rothwell 7
Had to play a little deeper today and did it well. A few glimpses of his electric acceleration when driving forward.
Reda Khadra 7
He huffed and he puffed and then he blew the Stoke defence away with his goal. A beautiful strike and a deserved match winner.
Ben Brereton Diaz 7
Should have added to his amazing goal tally late on but shot straight at the keeper. Like Buckley he was exhausted at the end. Looked like a real leader of men when Stoke were pressing for the equaliser.
Aynsley Pears 7 (replaced Thomas Kaminski after 56 mins)
One world class save to deny Stoke a late equaliser. Other than that he wasn’t tested. If Kaminski is out for a while, then hopefully Pears can step up.
Tyrhys Dolan 6 (replaced Reda Khadra after 69 mins)
Another wasp like performance. His dancing feet had Chester in a muddle and he played a part in keeping us up the Stoke end when trying to see out the game.
Jacob Davenport 6 (replaced Joe Rothwell after 73 mins)
Another cameo performance to sure things up late on. Made a couple of important challenges when Stoke were breaking forward.