Anderson 8.5 motm prefer him at fullback Hoole 8 strong performance again Connolly 7.5 mostly solid Gordon 7 Oxford attacked a lot down his side early in the game and he dealt reasonably well
Whelan 7.5 good passing and composure as usual Finley 8 brilliant midfield performance today and vs burton Evans 7 some poor deliveries but some nice touches
Saunders 7.5 pressed well and worked hard Marquis 7.5 not much apart from goal Collins 8 some very nice touches, imo has stepped up a level since moving into Billy’s position from last season however was unlucky that nothing really came off today
Belshaw 7.5 done it all right. Looking like a good L1 keeps which underlines his excellent L2 status.
Anderson 8.5 defensive m o m Hoole 8 settling in CD and one nice attacking run Connolly 8 handled snakes easy and Henry. Gordon 8 nice home debut. Snuffed out all threat.
Whelan 8 kept ball moving. Finley 8.5 kept ball moving where they didn't want it. Evans 6 kept ball giving away.
Saunders 9 m o m running, pushing on, they couldn't contain him. Marquis 7 all he did was score a goal! Collins 9 undroppable.
Subs: Rossiter 7.5 made some timely challenges. Coutts 7.5 good to see captain back and I wonder his late inclusion was to save him from himself? Can get edgy in a game like this? Loft 8 made his own chance, just a shame he couldn't capitalise on it. Grant 8 really great to see him back. Used experience to see game out and time his tackles. Gibson 7 looks good on debut with some nice touches, am sure we'll see more of him.
Ref 7 got most things right, on balance, and easy to let things boil over but he contained it. Oxford 6.5 decent side and will be top10 so feel good we competed against them. Really liked their number18. And 5. But they insisted on playing the ball out which almost bit us on the ar$e, but them worse.... and persisted in 4-2-3-1 without much versatility when it wasn't working. We just matched them and out run their man to man encounters, were more physical, and (second half) defended higher up the pitch because they had no pace to get behind us.
Well done JAB for constructing this result and making a decent spectacle entertainment in difficult environment. Probably the hottest we've been at football, and I hope everyone made it home safely... UptheGas!
Anderson 9 a superhuman effort his energy and fitness is unbelievable Hoole 8.5 that surging run up the right wing and the trickery seldom seen from a defender was remarkable Connolly 8 uncompromising,unflappable,irreplaceable. Gordon 8 a quality home debut, he looked like he'd been at the club for ages.
Whelan 8 the general was leading by example, I really believe he has another season in him. Finley 8 we're always better with him in the side. Evans 7.5 not at his best but still did plenty right.
Saunders 9.5 M.o.M never stopped running,there was no lost cause, a classic example of what its takes to be successful at this club, Rovers fans love a trier especially one with skill to go with it. Marquis 7.5 he gave the Oxford Centre backs a torrid time with plenty of unseen dark arts, the lanky bloke was really wound up , Love him in a blue and white shirt, I never liked him much when he played against us, but always grudgingly admired him I cant praise him higher than that !! Collins 8 no goal today but a good assist and kept running.
Subs: Rossiter 7 looked a bit better than in previous games. Coutts 7 a bit rusty but still showed his leadership qualities. Loft 7 battled hard and unsettled Oxfords defence. Grant 8 a quality cameo Gibson 7 looked very assured and some good headers
Ref 5 how did he miss the most blatant Red in many a long day.? Oxford 6 out fought,out thought,, they dont look like a playoff side to me.