It was a frustrating day for Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, as they were beaten 1-0 by QPR at The Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.
Despite enjoying the majority of possession, territory and chances, Tony Mowbray’s side were unable to force a breakthrough, something they were punished for midway through the second half, when their failure to clear a free kick allowed Yoann Barbet to tap home from close range.
With that the only goal of the game, Rovers saw their four game unbeaten run in the league come to an end, and while they remain eighth in the Championship table, they are now six points adrift of the lay-off places.
So what impact could that result and performance have on Blackburn’s playing squad going forward?
Here, we’ve taken a look at one winner and one loser from that game, for the Lancashire club.
Winner: Jarrad Branthwaite
Despite the fact that it was his clearance that fell to Barbet for the matchwinner, this was generally another impressive performance from Branthwaite.
In fairness to the on-loan Everton man, there was little more he could in his attempts to get the ball clear with a whole group of players in front of him, and other than that, it was the latest in a string of solid and composed performances from the 18-year-old.
Branthwaite’s partnership with Rovers’ on-field captain Darragh Lenihan continues to strengthen, and Blackburn do look stronger at the back with those two there than they have at other times this season.
Indeed, the fact that Branthwaite retained his place in the side despite the arrival of Taylor Harwood-Bellis on loan from Manchester City on deadline day bodes well for his standing in the pecking order, and it is hard to see him losing that on the back of this performance.
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Loser: Harvey Elliott
One player in Blackburn colours who endured a particularly difficult day on Saturday, was Harvey Elliott.
The on-loan winger has been quieter in games of late after bursting on to the scene at Ewood Park following his summer deadline day move from Liverpool, and that was again the case here.
Having missed an big opportunity to put Blackburn in front when he fired well over when unmarked inside the area during the first half, Elliott also struggled to create much in terms of openings for his teammates during the match, while his delivery from set-pieces also left something to be desired.
As a result, you do wonder whether it could be in the best interests of all concerned to give Elliott a bit of a break, whether he likes it or not, in order to reduce the pressure and workload on the teenager’s shoulders, after playing regular football week in week out for the first time in his career over the past few months, at such a young age.