Ratings: High marks all round as Rovers climb to third


Completing our content from Rovers’ win over Birmingham, Daniel Ainsworth hands out his player ratings.

Thomas Kaminski 7

Delighted to see Kaminski back fit and playing. Made a couple of notable saves as well. The distribution wasn’t the best, as seen with the Aneke chance, but a clean sheet nonetheless.

Ryan Nyambe 8

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Really settled into that wing back role and the goal that has eluded him so far looks closer every game. Got up the pitch very well and was solid defensively.

Darragh Lenihan 9

I’ve spoken plenty of times about how Lenihan has took to the role of captain so well this season and here is another example. A brick wall defensively and played a perfectly weighted ball to Khadra for the German’s goal. Man Of The Match

Jan Paul van Hecke 9

Rovers’ very own Virgil Van Dijk. Comfortable with the ball at his feet, playing an excellent ball to Nyambe for our first goal, and solid at the back. Looks to be a great addition.

Scott Wharton 8

How good is it to see a local lad performing well for the side? Another solid performance from Scott. He was so calm on the ball and his defensive ability was clear to see.

Harry Pickering 8

Another positive performance from Pickering. He showed continuous threat going forward and really suits that wing-back role.

Lewis Travis 8

Controls the midfield so well and prevented Birmingham from any major chances. He balances the midfield so well with Rothwell and Buckley.

Joe Rothwell 8

A key player in helping Rovers move the ball forward in the second half, Rothwell worked his socks off again and got a deserved rest.

John Buckley 9

A first, and well deserved, goal of the season for Bucko. Solid range of passing and dispossed the opposition a few times.

Reda Khadra 8

Danced his way through the Birmingham defence a few times and got a deserved goal, which he took excellently. Showed a level of composure of an experienced forward to slot home.

Ben Brereton Diaz 8

The Chilean is approaching twenty with two easy goals, but it doesn’t matter! A well taken penalty and he was there in the right place for the second. An outstanding season.


Sam Gallagher 6 (replaced John Buckley after 62 mins)

Didn’t get on the ball too much but he got some game time and that will help in recovery.

Dan Butterworth 7 (replaced Reda Khadra after 68 mins)

Such a live wire after coming on. Rattled the crossbar with an excellent effort.

Bradley Johnson 7 (replaced Joe Rothwell after 73 mins)

Brought on to see out the result, and ended up playing a delightful ball through to Butterworth for the fourth goal.

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