Rovers player ratings from the 1-0 defeat at Swansea City

Thomas Kaminski 6

Beaten by Obafemi’s close range header, with Mowbray having questioned whether he could have done more to combat the initial cross. His only other save came with his header as Wolf tried to catch him off his line after going forward for a corner.

Ryan Nyambe 6

Was a good outlet in the first half and set up an early chance for Buckley. Didn’t have much impetus in the second half before his withdrawal.

Darragh Lenihan 7

Had Rovers’ best second half chances, but fired one over from close range while a side-foot effort from further out went closed. Moved to right back and got forward to good effect, but will reflect on those missed opportunities.

Jan Paul van Hecke 6

Caught out of possession on occasion in the first half but the second was largely about him recycling possession for the next attack.

Scott Wharton 6

Obafemi ran off the back of him for the goal, with the defender uncharacteristically out of position. Had an excellent chance to equalise late on, but headed straight at Fisher from close range.

Deyovaisio Zeefuik 6

Showed some good link-up play with Giles in the first half and some good recovery runs defensively, but sacrificed as Rovers went with a more attacking outlook in the second half.

Lewis Travis 6

Won seven tackles and was at his combative best, but sometimes let his frustrations get on top of him at times. Had a volleyed effort wide early in the first half.

Joe Rothwell 5

An early booking for a poor challenge and couldn’t have the influence on the game that Rovers would have hoped. His best moment a driving run to tee up a chance for Giles.

John Buckley 5

An off night, booked for simulation and missed an excellent first half chance. Too often ran into bodies and couldn’t impact on the press as Rovers would have hoped. To his credit, never shied away from getting on the ball.

Ryan Hedges 6

Handed his debut after some strong performances in training. Didn’t get many opportunities bar a first half shot which he dragged wide.

Ryan Giles 7

Started in attack and then moved out to the flank, delivered 23 crosses, setting up chances for Lenihan and Wharton. Rovers’ best play came through him, going close in the first half when his shot was saved by Fisher.


Ben Brereton (for Hedges, 60) 5

Managed only four touches after coming on, and how Rovers would have loved one of the chances to have fallen to him.

Reda Khadra (for Zeefuik, 60) 5

Couldn’t get into the game operating from the left, or find the targets from his set plays.

Joe Rankin-Costello (for Nyambe, 69) 5

Went on to add an attacking option. A better touch from a Giles cross could have seen him have a free shot at goal in the second half.

Not used: Aynsley Pears, Daniel Ayala, Jacob Davenport, Bradley Johnson