Oxford United 2-4 Rovers – Player Ratings

Bradley Edward reviews the Rovers’ players’ performances from last night’s 4-2 victory over Oxford United.

A Charlie Mulgrew brace and a goal each from Marcus Antonsson and Joe Nuttall gave Rovers a relatively comfortable victory at the Kassam Stadium.

So, how did each player perform?

Starting XI

RAYA, David – 7/10 – A decent performance from the Spaniard, perhaps could have stopped the second goal but not so much the first.

NYAMBE, Ryan – 7/10 – Another bright performance from the right back getting up the pitch and defended well at times.

DOWNING, Paul – 6/10 – Defended okay against a decent attacking front line, looked a bit suspect at times but did okay throughout.

MULGREW, Charlie – 9/10 – A ‘captain fantastic’ performance at the back, rewarding in two goals up the other end of the pitch (his second brace) including a well taken penalty.

WILLIAMS, Derrick – 7.5/10 – Another decent performance from the ever consistent left back, defended well for large periods.

SMALLWOOD, Richie – 7/10 – Played well alongside Evans, showed composure throughout with non-stop tackling and forward passing for 90 minutes.

EVANS, Corry – 7/10 – A solid performance from the Northern Irishman after his suspension with plenty of tackles made and a tireless amount of effort in the first half. Came off early in the second half as Mowbray said he was “seeing stars”.

BENNETT, Elliott – 7.5/10 – A good performance from the winger who provided decent crosses and won the ball back from Oxford’s attacks regularly.

DACK, Bradley – 8.5/10 – Another very good performance from the attacking midfielder who played well behind Nuttall. Ran at the home sides defence all evening. Deserved a goal.

ANTONSSON, Marcus – 9/10 – A great shift put in from the Swede who ran his socks off and scored a well taken goal to put Rovers 2 up.

NUTTALL, Joe – 8/10 – A tremendous performance from the young striker in only his second league start. Good hold up play and linked up well with Dack. He fully deserved to have got on the scoresheet.

Substitutes

HARPER, Rekeem  – 6/10 – A good substitute appearance from the teenager who was brought on to calm things down in the middle of the park. Won tackles and broke up play well.

SAMUEL, Dominic – 5.5/10 – A decent performance from the substitute, didn’t do too much but held the ball up at crucial times to prevent an Oxford attack.

GRAHAM, Danny – 5.5/10 – A short substitute appearance but did okay. He was brought on to make sure of the win and win corners which he did a couple of times.


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