Rovers player ratings from the 1-0 win over QPR

Thomas Kaminski 7

May well have got a hand to Kakay’s shot that clipped the bar in the first half, but was well protected by those infront of him. One poor kick almost created a chance for Chair. Made one excellent catch late on to relieve the pressure in injury time.

Callum Brittain 7

Found himself in plenty of space down the right and touched the ball more than any Rovers player. Didn’t come up against a direct opponent which limited his defending.  

Daniel Ayala 8

If, and it’s a big one, he can stay fit he is one of the league’s most assured defenders. While he won’t win many foot races, his positioning and reading of the game is rarely matched. Brought a cheer from the crowd when attempting a 25-yard effort moments before Travis’ goal.

Scott Wharton 8

Was strong alongside Ayala, and looked to have learned a few more dark arts as he dealt with the threat of Dykes. Won five commanding headers and looked aggressive in his defending.

Harry Pickering 7

Recovered from a slow start to put in a composed performance at left back. Was willing to get involved in the attack with Brereton, but defended the back post well as Rovers held out for a clean sheet.

Lewis Travis 8

Marked his first outing as club captain with a sweet strike to settle the game. Will get through plenty of work in this system but was just as good on the ball.

John Buckley 7

Looks well suited to the deeper role, willing to receive the ball in tight spaces, but will need to watch his yellow card count having been fortunate to escape a second booking with a foul late in the first half. Was positive with his passing and made some eye-catching throughballs.

Ryan Hedges 7

Couldn’t provide the link between defence and attack in the opening hour but grew into the game as it wore on. Will have been at the top end of the running stats having shown good energy throughout. His header into the path of Travis set up the Rovers goal.

Ben Brereton 7

Was Rovers’ main goal threat, with five efforts in all, as well as a disallowed goal late on for offside. Encouraged to get involved in the build-up play more under Tomasson as he drifted around the pitch.

Sam Gallagher 6

Maximum effort but needed a little more care in possession at times to make the most of some good counter-attacking opportunities in the second half.

Jack Vale 6

Didn’t get much change out of Dickie and Clarke-Salter but never gave up in his quest to press from the front. A big boost for his confidence though to be selected on the opening day.


Tyrhys Dolan (for Vale, 64) 6

Fresh legs in attack for the final half an hour, and Tomasson demanded plenty from him in the closing stages.

QPR: Dieng, Kakay, Dickie, Clarke-Salter, Paal, Johansen (Armstrong, 77), Field, Dozzell (Thomas, 64), Shodipo (Adomah, 64), Chair (Richards, 77), Dykes (Bonne, 77)

Subs: Walsh, Dunne


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