Ratings: Defensive delight for Rovers in Barnsley victory

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Following the hard fought 2-1 win over Barnsley, Jonathan Secker hands out his player ratings.

Thomas Kaminski

He will be annoyed his run of clean sheets is ended after the freak Barnsley goal.  One routine save from Styles but little else to do.  Distribution could have been better.  

Ryan Nyambe 7

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First half, his starting position was as high as I’ve seen and even more surprising was a left foot shot. His quality in the final third needs to improve but again was defensively sound. 

Darragh Lenihan

Captain, leader, legend – well, legend if he signs a new contract!  An absolute rock: commanded the back line, won header after header, showed superb distribution out from the back and integral in winning the ball back for the deciding goal. Man Of The Match

Jan Paul van Hecke 7

A quiet but effective game for the Brighton loanee. He looks at home with Lenihan and Wharton beside him – he loves a goal celebration as well!

Scott Wharton 8

Cool, calm and collective, he looks more and more assured by game.  His record of being unbeaten in every league game he has started for Rovers continues.

Harry Pickering 7

Just gets better by the game.  Last night was the best I’ve seen him press in the opposition half as well as standing up defensively to the threat that Brittain (Barnsley’s best player) posed. Unlucky not to get an assist to his name when Rothwell hit the post.

Lewis Travis 7

As always he worked tirelessly and made numerous challenges to blunt the Barnsley attack.  Wasteful in possession but does so much that allows Rothwell and Buckley to impact in the final third.

Joe Rothwell 8

Great to see Joe/Josh get on the scoresheet with a composed finish after moments earlier being unlucky when his shot hit the post. So effective when running from deep, with his work rate off the ball equally as impressive.

John Buckley 8

Two more assists last night taking his goal involvement to five in his last six games. He should have scored himself and should have had another assist when squaring to Diaz in the first half. His pressing was excellent again and he deserved his standing ovation when substituted.

Reda Khadra 6

Blistering pace to score within the opening minute only to see it disallowed. Didn’t really get on the ball enough or get the service to do so, replaced just after the hour.

Ben Brereton Diaz 7

What more can you say about the Chilean sensation? A great left foot finish to win the game. Twenty league goals in 24 games, making him the fastest man to 20 league goals since Alan Shearer in 1995/6. He should have sealed it in injury time and, on another night, he could have had a hat-trick. He’s such a threat at the moment, even when doesn’t seem involved in the game.

Substitutes

Sam Gallagher 6 (replaced Reda Khadra after 64 mins)

Came on at 1-1 to give us an extra spark. His usual hard-working self and nearly scored with a thumping drive in injury time.

Tayo Edun 5 (replaced John Buckley after 85 mins)

Great to see Tayo back on the pitch – a short cameo in midfield to help see the game out.

Tyrhys Dolan 5 (replaced Joe Rothwell after 85 mins)

Brought on with Edun to help stretch the Barnsley defence in the latter stages and to avoid us dropping too deep.

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