Paul Robinson 8

Showed signs of rustiness but to make his comeback in a match of this magnitude says everything about his mental strength. Top save from Jesus Navas.

Adam Henley 7

lways a threat with his surging runs forward from right-back but nearly gave a goal away in the second half with a slack pass.

Scott Dann 8

Went closest to opening the scoring for Rovers with a thumping header before he tapped in to bring them level. Defensively superb.

Grant Hanley 8

Gave everything in his battle with one of the signings of the season, Alvaro Negredo, and made a vital interception to prevent Edin Dzeko from going one on one.

Tommy Spurr 8

Great piece of defending prevented Negredo from having a free shot on goal while his long throw-ins troubled City throughout.

Tom Cairney 9

Played with great poise and grace under pressure, Rovers’ new permanent signing nearly capped a masterly midfield display with the winner. Absolute snip at £600,000.

Chris Taylor 8

After blazing over in the first half the hardworking midfielder went close to winning it for Rovers when he nearly turned in a Jason Lowe cross.

Jason Lowe 8

His constant pressing and tackling did much to negate the influence of City’s £30m summer signing Fernandinho.

Lee Williamson 7

His clever pass, at the end of a neat move, set up Taylor’s first-half opening. Replaced by the more attack-minded Josh King.

Ben Marshall 8

Had the beating of City right-back Dedryck Boyata all day long and it was from his corner which led to Rovers’ equaliser.

Rudy Gestede 8

Lone frontman ahead of a five-man midfield did so well to occupy City’s centre-backs. Played a major part in Dann’s goal.

Substitutions: Josh King for Jordan Rhodes for DJ Campbell