Rovers reporter Rich Sharpe hands out his player ratings from the 5-0 win over Wycombe.

Thomas Kaminski 7

Not the most convincing of punches from an early Jacobson corner, but again looked confident with the ball at his feet, not needing to do much with his hands all afternoon.

Joe Rankin-Costello 8

Got into so many promising positions, not always taking full advantage, playing almost as a right winger. Unlucky to be denied by the post in the first half but could have done more with a second half opportunity.

Darragh Lenihan 8

Helped keep standards high right to the end, and got his head to more than his fair share of long balls forward. Did the job that was required throughout.

Derrick Williams 8

Has a happy knack of being in the right place in the box to score his first of the season, but a first clean sheet of the campaign will have been just as pleasing.

Amari’i Bell 8

Won six headers, and was given licence to get forward from left back. Still feel as though he can show more confidence with the ball at his feet, but a key tackle in the lead-up to the third goal.

Bradley Johnson 8

A welcome return to the side, not least the physicality and height he brought, and was in the thick of the action as balls poured into the Rovers box. Had two efforts at goal, one well stopped by Allsop.

Lewis Holtby 8

Will have to be at the forefront of Rovers’ good play this season in a midfield three you feel, and was here, setting the tempo from midfield. Caught on the ball on occasion, but looks to be enjoying his football, and role in the side.

Joe Rothwell 8

Demonstrated his qualities with an excellent weight of pass for Armstrong’s second, while his deflected shot led to the fourth goal. Rovers need to untap his undoubted ability on a more regular basis.

Tyrhys Dolan 9

Needed two attempts before sliding the ball beyond Allsop for a deserved goal, moments after winning the penalty for the opener. Has taken to the first-team stage quicker than anyone would have imagined.

Ben Brereton 8

Does need to pick his head up more when travelling with the ball, but had a hand in two of their first three goals. Had a chance of his own in the second half but shot too close too Allsop.

Adam Armstrong 9

Confidently tucked home three chances, including one from the spot, but denied a fourth by a smart Allsop side late on. Up to five for the season already, and leading the line, expect plenty more to follow.


Harry Chapman (for Brereton, 68) 6

A little bit selfish when shooting towards the near post on two occasions, but a good time to come on and impact the game.

John Buckley (for Rothwell, 68) 7

 A glorious pass to set up Armstrong’s hat-trick, putting it on a plate for the striker to score.

Jacob Davenport (for Holtby, 78) 6

Could have been a dream start as his first involvement saw him test Allsop from distance.

Not used: Andrew Fisher, Ryan Nyambe, Elliott Bennett, Scott Wharton