Blackburn Rovers player ratings as Dom Hyam and Tyler Morton excellent in Hull City win – Elliott Jackson

Blackburn Rovers extended their winning run to four Championship games as Sam Szmodics’ third of the season secured a 1-0 win over Hull City.

Jon Dahl Tomasson’s side got off to the perfect start on a wet and windy day in East Yorkshire as Szmodics fired them ahead from a tight angle. The forward, recalled to the side, was denied moments earlier by Nathan Baxter but snuck in a low left-footed strike into the far corner.

It was a fair reward for Blackburn’s start which was bright as they chased away successive triumphs for the first time this term. Tyler Morton and Adam Wharton controlled possession with a four-pronged attack busy jostling the Hull backline.

With a one-goal lead at half-time, the one complaint was a lack of ruthlessness in transition. Rovers spurned several good opportunities to punish Hull’s sloppy passing but either slowed the attack down or gave the ball away themselves.

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The game opened up in the second half as Hull pressed for a leveler but it was Rovers who should have doubled their lead. A swift counter-attack saw Sam Gallagher put one-vs-one but he was denied by a good save from Baxter.

City responded with their best chance as a cross from the right evaded Dom Hyam but Dimitrios Pelkas headed over from 10 yards. But, in the end, Thomas Kaminski had very little to do with Hull’s strikes either off target or dealt with by the defence.

A fourth win in a row moves Blackburn second in the division with Burnley and Queens Park Rangers dropping points. It’s also back-to-back away wins for the first time this season.

Here’s how Lancs Live scored the players’ performances, with a six representing par for the course.

Blackburn Rovers (4-2-3-1):

Thomas Kaminski

Didn’t have much to do in truth. Distribution was good but Hull’s shots were either wayward of blocked. 6

Lewis Travis

Shifted to right-back in the absence of Callum Brittain and performed well. Hasn’t looked very comfortable in that role previously but this was a much better showing. Moved into midfield on the hour in a defensive reshuffle. 7

Lord Hyam

Kicked and headed everything in his path and never looked uncomfortable. Another really good performance. 8

Scott Wharton

A solid first half was followed by a less-so-second where Wharton gave the ball away and got booked. 6

Harry Pickering

Solid if unspectacular at left-back. Stuck to his task which was to seemingly follow Pelkas around the pitch in the first half. 6

Tyler Morton

Another good display in the heart of midfield where he controlled the tempo of the match. Probably doesn’t get enough credit for skillfulness and quick feet which get him out of tight situations. 8

Adam Wharton

Handed back-to-back starts for the first time this season by Tomasson. Rewarded that faith with a lovely slide pass for Szmodics’ opener. Taken off on the hour. 7

Tyrhys Dolan

A surprise inclusion from the start and didn’t get into the game playing on the right. Taken off after an hour. 5

Sam Szmodics

Opened the scoring with a good finish from a tight angle for his third of the season. Looks far more comfortable as a number 10 or an advanced eight where he has players running ahead of him. 7

Ben Brereton Diaz

Worked his proverbial off for the team but it didn’t quite come for him in front of goal. No clear opportunities but he did play a lovely ball to set up Gallagher’s chance. 6

Sam Gallagher

Wasn’t his day but good to see him leading the line again. His touch was a little loose and he missed a big chance at 1-0 where he should have scored. 5

Substitutes

Daniel Ayala, 62′

Made his return from injury as Rovers switched to a back five for the final 30 minutes. 6

Hayden Carter, 62′

Came on at right-wing-back with Travis moving back into midfield. Was slightly caught out by a neat move down the right that Rovers eventually cleared. 6

Bradley Dack, 71′

Dack’s largest involvement for sometime after only getting 26 minutes since the defeat to Bristol City. Didn’t get much chance to influence the game as Rovers sat back and defended. 6

Jack Vale, 71′

Was tasked with hunting down Hull in possession and worked hard for the team. 6

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