Rovers v Ipswich...How they rated
8:30am Monday 7th April 2014 in Sport
Rovers reporter Paul Wheelock rates Gary Bowyer's men out of 10 in the win over Ipswich...
PAUL ROBINSON 7 Made two saves – one brilliant – when the game was goalless to ensure he claimed his fifth clean sheet of the season.
MICHAEL KEANE 8 Playing out of position at right-back but from the performance he delivered you would never have guessed it.
GRANT HANLEY 7 Played his part in the opening goal as his ball up to Rudy Gestede was than laid off to Jordan Rhodes to score.
MATT KILGALLON 7 Made a superb block to prevent Aaron Cresswell from turning in a Frank Nouble cross when the score was 0-0.
TOMMY SPURR 7 Won his individual battle with Anthony Wordsworth and helped Rovers keep their 13th clean sheet of the campaign.
TOM CAIRNEY 7 Brought a save out of Dean Gerken in the first half and was denied a goal at the end of the second by a goal-line clearance.
CORRY EVANS 7 Tried to get beyond the ball, especially in the first half, before going off with a groin injury which will require a scan.
LEE WILLIAMSON 7 In his best form of the season, he got about the pitch, breaking up play and getting forward when he could.
CRAIG CONWAY 7 Made it five assists in 12 matches when another of his expert dead-ball deliveries was headed in by Rudy Gestede.
RUDY GESTEDE 9 Twice went close in the first half before going on to set-up the opener and get the goal his display richly deserved.
JORDAN RHODES 7 He made his 23rd goal of the season and 50th in the league for Rovers look easy when it was anything but.
Substitutions LUKE VARNEY for Evans, DAVID DUNN for Gestede, DICKSON ETUHU for Williamson
Subs not used
Simon Eastwood, Josh King, Chris Taylor, Liam Feeney.
Dean Gerken, Luke Chambers, Christophe Berra, Tommy Smith, Luke Chambers, Anthony Wordsworth (Sylvan Ebanks-Blake 73), Luke Hyam (Paul Green 90), Cole Skuse, Frank Nouble, Jonny Williams (Stephen Hunt 86), Daryl Murphy. Subs not used: Scott Loach, Tyrone Mings, Jay Tabb, Frazer Richardson.
Man of the match
Pushed close by Michael Keane but how can it not be the man who set-up Rovers’ first goal and scored their second?
Ipswich’s on-loan Crystal Palace playmaker is a class act and he was a real thorn in Rovers’ side until Jordan Rhodes’ opener.
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