Ratings: Defensive trio show their worth in Preston victory

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Completing our content from Rovers’ victory over Preston, Mark Whittle hands out his player ratings…

Aynsley Pears 7

He has had to wait for his chance and has got the opportunity due to Kaminski’s injury. Did not have much to contend with thanks to the fantastic defence in front of him but when called upon he was more than up to the task. Made a fine, smart save getting down quickly at his nearly post in the first half.

Ryan Nyambe 7

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Defensively sound with key tackles and interceptions. Always got forward at every opportunity. Another solid performance.

Darragh Lenihan 8

Another true captain’s performance. He was always running on a tightrope after picking up an early yellow card but was a colossal from that point. Dealt with Preston’s physicality. He won everything that was thrown his way. Man Of The Match

Jan Paul van Hecke 8

He is starting to look very impressive, and each time he plays does not look out of place. Ayala’s injury has been a blow for Rovers, but JP has stepped up. He looked alert and assured throughout.

Scott Wharton 8

What can you say about this man? Ever since he returned to the Rovers side after a long injury, he has been immense. The back three were all outstanding yet again and battled for every ball and header.

Harry Pickering 7

Another player who is performing constantly well each time he plays. Defensively solid and like Nyambe good forward at every opportunity. His performances suggest we have bought him for a bargain.

Lewis Travis 7

A typical Travis display on a pitch and weather conditions that was not one for attractive football. A battling performance against Preston midfielders. He typifies what this Rovers side is all about, showing plenty of resilience.

John Buckley 7

Not his usual high performance as in recent games, but the conditions played a big part in that as Buckley was not able to get the ball down and play as much as he would have liked. However. he saw more of the ball in the second-half and played a key part in the build up to the goal as he put Khadra in for the cross.

Joe Rothwell 7

This was not a game for fancy slick football and driving runs because of the pitch. He stuck to his task well though and like every other Rovers player, he put in a shift. He worked hard out of possession.

Reda Khadra 7

He produced the one bit of quality in the match that ultimately separated the two sides. A sublime cross led to the winning goal. He was always trying to make things happen all afternoon, even if it did not always come off.

Ben Brereton-Diaz 8

His 17th goal of the season and we are not even at Christmas yet – unbelievable! A tremendous header was enough to win Rovers the match after a great cross from Khadra. Worked his socks off for the team. He almost scored a second near the end as well, but the Chilean dream continues.

Substitutes

Bradley Johnson 7 (replaced John Buckley after 66 mins)

I thought Johnson played well when he came on. Kept things tight and used all his experience to help the team see the game out to claim a big three points.

Tyrhys Dolan 6 (replaced Reda Khadra after 76 mins)

It was good to see Dolan get on the pitch against his former club. He was his usual putting himself about when he came on and again helped defensively for Rovers to hold on to victory.

Tayo Edun N/A (replaced Joe Rothwell after 85 mins)

A late cameo performance for Edun.

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