Rovers player ratings from the 2-1 win at Birmingham City on the final day.

Thomas Kaminski 7

Didn’t have anything to do until early in the first half when he produced a fine one-handed stop to keep out Lyle Taylor’s header. Did well under pressure from set plays, but denied a clean sheet by Pedersen’s late strike.

James Brown 7

Will have been understandably nervous on his first senior start, but coped well with a tricky customer in Hernandez. Won six tackles and made three interceptions. While there were some lapses, a performance he will reflect well upon.

Daniel Ayala 7

Dribble out from the back early on was never likely to end well, but defensively was sound throughout, particularly helping out with Birmingham’s threat from set pieces. His qualities are undoubted, but needs to be available more to have a greater impact.

Scott Wharton 5

Uncharacteristic in giving the ball away at the back and didn’t look settled from the moment he went down injured late on in the first half. Not the best end to a season in which he’s been one of the most consistent performers.

Harry Pickering 7

Kept Chong quiet down the Birmingham right, and got forward to good effect to link up with Brereton. A first half cross created an early chance for Gallagher.

Lewis Travis 7

First to every loose ball and with Edun alongside him in the first half, was given more licence to break forward.

Tayo Edun 5

Substituted at the break, having been booked late on in the first half. Good off the ball, but needs to improve on his work in possession if he’s to become a long-term central midfield option.

John Buckley 8

A classy operator in the middle of the pitch. Started the move with a great cross-field pass before ending it with a shot rifled into the top corner. Dropped into a deeper role, which he could figure in more moving forward, and showed his tenacious side after the break.

Ryan Hedges 7

Picked up some promising positions cutting in from the right and looks to be an intelligent player. Should have capped his performance with a goal, but was once denied by Etheridge, and put another over the bar, when played clean through.

Ben Brereton 8

Goal number 22 for Rovers’ No.22, his an excellent curling effort from the left edge of the box that looped into the top corner. Involved in the Buckley goal too, and looked a real menace all game on what could be his final Rovers appearance.

Sam Gallagher 7

Given an extended run as the central striker to finish the season and while he couldn’t make it to double figures, will hope to take his form into next season. Still has bits of his game to tidy up on, but does give the opposition something to think about when used through the middle.


Bradley Dack (for Edun, 46) 6

Couldn’t get as involved in the game as he would have hoped, his one shot at goal a blocked effort from an indirect free kick. A big pre-season ahead as he looks get back into the starting line-up after injury.

Dilan Markanday (for Brereton, 66) 6

Great to see the January signing back on the field, and had a great chance to open his account when played in by Hedges, but failed to find a way beyond Etheridge.

Jack Vale (for Gallagher, 76) 6

A third senior appearance for the striker as reward for his form for the Under-23s and will hope that more lie ahead.

Not used: Jordan Eastham, Darragh Lenihan, Joe Rankin-Costello, Tyrhys Dolan

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