To coincide with half term at school, sports writer Paul Goodwin has compiled his Rovers report cards...
This is no slight on Steer but Sam Johnstone’s arrival will give the dressing room a huge lift.
The Villa loanee’s shot-stopping ability can’t be questioned but his command of the area and tendency to punch too often can be. 6/10
Started the season in impressive fashion - and showed his versatility by filling in admirably at centre back - but his confidence appears to have dipped along with the team’s in recent weeks. 6/10
Looks comfortable with the ball at his feet but the former Arsenal youngster is yet to convince in terms of his positional play and defensive nous. 5/10
The Northern Ireland defender has adapted quite well to the rough and tumble of League One but he has been prone to the odd costly error. Plenty of room for improvement. 6/10
Returned to side initially with good effect but his form dropped before becoming the fall guy for the more vocal Andy Butler, suggesting his manager is not convinced. 5/10
His leadership and physicality have been sorely missed. N/A (too few games)
On the evidence of Saturday, exactly what was required in the absence of Jones.
Very promising start. N/A
Recovered well from a difficult night at York City, but still looks unsure of himself in the first team set-up. 5/10
The midfield destroyer has not yet produced the type of form which saw him emerge as a key figure during the previous two seasons.
His decent display against MK Dons suggests he is happier in a two-man engine room. 5/10
Missing most of August was always going to make things difficult, and Rovers Rolls-Royce midfielder’s season has stalled somewhat.
He has not managed to dictate games like he has done in the past, but his form should improve with more time on the pitch. 5/10
Brilliant for South Africa but still not a regular for Rovers. Looked good in a more advanced role but Dickov appears unsure how to get the best out of him on a regular basis. 6/10
MARC DE VAL
Hailed as the answer to Rovers’ problems after an excellent display against Chesterfield, and has not let anyone down when called upon. Dickov seems less convinced. 6/10
After taking the armband from Jones, Coppinger has led by example. Looks as fit as ever, and has been Rovers’ main threat from midfield. 8/10
Let down by his lack of discipline and yet to live up to his reputation.
Needs to get his head down and start producing. 5/10
Has gone from a potential outcast to near the top of the class. A new man. Deserves praise for turning things around. 7/10
Star man. His enthusiasm and effort are a shining example to others. Six goals too. Keep up the good work. 8/10
Showed glimpses of genuine quality at Yeovil and his partnership with Tyson promises much. A player Rovers really need to keep fit. N/A
Scored on the opening day but his season has gone rapidly downhill since.
Needs a goal, desperately. 5/10