Rovers v Gillingham – Player Reviews

After Rovers picked up their third home win of the season with a victory over 1-0 victory over Gillingham, @louisgee10 reviews each player’s performance.

We don’t half help ourselves to we? Obviously very glad about the 3 points and moving into the illustrious top 6. But yet again – against a lesser, struggling side- we’ve made a mountain out of a mole hill. However, 3 points and a clean sheet, that’s me happy for the next couple of weeks until Rovers try and give me a heart attack when we go to Oldham.

Onto the reviews and ratings:

Starting XI

RAYA, David: Kept us in it multiple times with outstanding reflex saves. Like many a time this season (and last) he proved, once more, why he’s our first choice keeper. 9/10.

CADDIS, Paul: Like a couple of players today, Caddis had a slap-bang average game. Some good passes, forward movement and tackling yet also some slack defending espeically in the last 20mins which could have been avoided. 5/10

MULGREW, Charlie: Much better performance from Charlie then what I have seen this season. Very much like his dominating performances last season. Some brilliant tackles and defensive play had the No.10 in his pocket all game. Not too sure about the set pieces though. 8/10

DOWNING, Paul: For a player brought in as a back up to Elliot Ward he has performed very well in the 3 games he has played in Blue and White thus far. Today was another decent performance with a confident, experienced manor about him. With the exception of some poor passes and a lapse in concentration once or twice, it was otherwise another solid performance. 6/10

WILLIAMS, Derrick:  A relatively ‘typical’ Derrick Williams performance today. Great attacking movement and contribution – as usual – and some decent defending. Bit of confusion between Derrick and Charlie when a lovely ball from a Gills player managed to go directly through both of them with their No.28 being unable to beat Raya so a big let off. Very unlucky not to get a goal after his shot smacks off the post but a good all round performance for ‘Mr Consistent’. 6/10

WHITTINGHAM, Peter: A good return to the starting 11. A solid 90 mins for the former Cardiff man. He managed to get up and down the pitch very well by contributing to the attacks attempting balls through to Dack or Samuel and helping Richie sweep up in the holding midfield position. Hopefully a sign of things to come. Would like to see him test keepers with that cannon of a left foot he has. 7/10

SMALLWOOD, Richie: Another, unusually, average performance for Richie today. He does what needs to be done in ‘the engine room’ he grafts and puts in the rough tackles where they count. His passing was left to be desired today with them not being up to his high standards. I believe that with the introduction of Whittingham this limited Richie’s availability to venture forward and influence the attacking game like he usually does. 6/10

DACK, Bradley: Man of the match for me today. Faultless. He wasn’t timid about facing his old team mates he ran at them looking to turn them inside out. Possibly his best performance in Rovers colours. Deserved to score as well he was unfortunate not to as this would have most likely given him MOTM. 9/10

BENNETT, Elliott: Brilliant performance from Benno could see why he was voted Man of the match. Grafted hard, brilliant passing and crossing, when he slipped into a more defensive role his tackling was second to none. Look forward to seeing many more like it. 8/10

SAMUEL, Dominic: A good game for Dominic. Adding another to his tally for the season (takes it up to 5 now) will do his confidence no harm. The way Samuel runs at defenders using his pace and strength is just what we need this season. Much like Sam Gallagher last season. He could have had a hat-trick today if it wasn’t for a poor end product but all in all a good showing from our No.9. 7/10

ANTONSSON, Marcus: Seems a totally different player playing wider.  Once again his pace and how he runs at defenders is frightening. Not much else to be said to be honest, had a good solid game and should have scored. 6/10

Substitutes

CHAPMAN, Harry: He came on for Bradley Dack on the hour mark and made an instant impact. By getting a yellow card for diving. Harry did what he does best which is exploit the tiring fullbacks with his twinkle toes and tantalising turns. He’s an amazing young talent and am very much looking forward to seeing what he can do for the rest of the long season. 5/10

GRAMHAM, Danny: A ‘like for like’ change after 75 minutes as Danny came on for Dominic as an attempt by TM to try and nab another goal to see off the game. It didn’t work and once again Danny is struggling to make an impact in this league. 4/10

GLADWIN, Ben: Came on for Antonsson with 3 mins to go just to see out the game. Ben didn’t have anything to do when he came on just try and keep it in the Gillingham half. Didn’t make an impact on the game and just ran about trying to dispossess the Gills defenders. Looked sharp for a player coming back from injury. Well looked as sharp as one can in 3 mins of agonising defending. N/A

Like I said in the opening paragraph, we’re in the top 6 now so lets be grateful of that until we get knocked out of it again when we don’t play next Saturday. But we’re gonna have 2 games in hand and now we have a run of ‘must win’ games but as we all know its never as simple as that.

Come on you Blues!