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Rovers v Manchester City - how they rated
8:02am Monday 6th January 2014 in Football
Paul Robinson 8
Showed signs of rustiness but to make his comeback in a match of this magnitude says everything about his mental strength. Top save from Jesus Navas.
Adam Henley 7
lways a threat with his surging runs forward from right-back but nearly gave a goal away in the second half with a slack pass.
Scott Dann 8
Went closest to opening the scoring for Rovers with a thumping header before he tapped in to bring them level. Defensively superb.
Grant Hanley 8
Gave everything in his battle with one of the signings of the season, Alvaro Negredo, and made a vital interception to prevent Edin Dzeko from going one on one.
Tommy Spurr 8
Great piece of defending prevented Negredo from having a free shot on goal while his long throw-ins troubled City throughout.
Tom Cairney 9
Played with great poise and grace under pressure, Rovers’ new permanent signing nearly capped a masterly midfield display with the winner. Absolute snip at £600,000.
Chris Taylor 8
After blazing over in the first half the hardworking midfielder went close to winning it for Rovers when he nearly turned in a Jason Lowe cross.
Jason Lowe 8
His constant pressing and tackling did much to negate the influence of City’s £30m summer signing Fernandinho.
Lee Williamson 7
His clever pass, at the end of a neat move, set up Taylor’s first-half opening. Replaced by the more attack-minded Josh King.
Ben Marshall 8
Had the beating of City right-back Dedryck Boyata all day long and it was from his corner which led to Rovers’ equaliser.
Rudy Gestede 8
Lone frontman ahead of a five-man midfield did so well to occupy City’s centre-backs. Played a major part in Dann’s goal.
Substitutions: Josh King for Jordan Rhodes for DJ Campbell
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