Rovers reporter Rich Sharpe picks out four talking points from the win over QPR.


It may have been the only change, with David Raya left out for Jayson Leutwiler, but it was certainly an interesting one.

Raya’s position has come under threat, given some errors throughout the course of the season, but it is more a lack of consistency that will have been behind the change.

Leutwiler has had very few opportunities, this just his third league start, and even despite a clean sheet against QPR in November, he didn’t retain his place when Raya was back.

And the Spaniard is all but certain to return on Monday against Bolton as Leutwiler looked less than convincing.

Mowbray had called for Raya to be more dominant, following defeats at Rotherham and  Sheffield Wednesday, but it was coming for balls that didn’t look to be his against Nottingham Forest the previous game that led to his downfall.

Here, Leutwiler made two routine saves, but his kicking lacked any real distance, while he looked less than secure under the high ball from minute one, and it was no surprise when QPR did get their consolation it came from the Canadian missing out on a high ball.

Rovers will look to bring in a keeper to add more pressure to Raya this summer, with Leutwiler not looking like that man. However, he may well see his year option taken up and kept as No.3 which would allow Andrew Fisher to gain more experience out in the league.

Had this game had more riding on it though, you’d have expected Raya to have maintained his place and at 23, he’s shown enough promise to be preserved with.


Derrick Williams was Rovers’ player of the season in their last Championship campaign, but through injury, or lack of confidence, it’s been a difficult year this time around.

He’s lost his place to Amari’i Bell at left back but has always said his preferred position would be at centre half.

And alongside Darragh Lenihan, who looks every bit a captain in waiting having once again marshalled the defensive line, they looked sound throughout.

This has been the combination for the last three games, with two goals conceded and nine points chalked up, and one that deserves to be kept on until the end of the season, despite the return of Charlie Mulgrew who was again an unused substitute.

Central defence is another area Mowbray has made no secret of wanting to strengthen, but Williams has put his name in the hat to certainly be considered as a viable option.


Adam Armstrong had end product at the end of his electric runs, Bradley Dack dazzled in the West London sunshine and scored his 17th of the season, and cutting in from the left, Joe Rothwell is ending the season on a high. Combine that with the experience, and strength, of Danny Graham and Rovers have a lot of bases covered in those positions.

QPR couldn’t live with the pace out wide, or the movement of Dack, and the three attackers behind Graham all had a hand in the penalty from which he scored, and the second goal all three combined to good effect.

Rovers are definitely moving towards are more progressive style of play, and they took advantage of a slick surface here to create several good opportunities through link up play.

When Dack plays well, Rovers tend to also, and with Rothwell and Armstrong either side, they give him players to link up with and to good effect.


It was the same six outfield substitutes for Rovers at QPR as it was Nottingham Forest. Again they led 2-0, and didn’t need to call on the services of any attacking players to change the game.

Ben Brereton and Joe Nuttall were both introduced, but another attacking option did seem to be lacking, with Ryan Nyambe, Jack Rodwell, Charlie Mulgrew and Richie Smallwood the other outfield players among the subs.

Harry Chapman, as well as Jacob Davenport, both travelled, and it was a surprise not to see Chapman included. What have Rovers to lose by at least including him on the bench.

Not having him in the starting XI was fair enough, but it did seem an oversight, after impressing for the Under-23s, not to have him on the bench.