REPORTER Liam Hoden gives his first impressions of debutants Marc-Antoine Fortune, Habib Beye and Herold Goulon:
Habib Beye was named man of the match by sponsors of Rovers’ clash with Watford and it was difficult to argue with that decision.
Though it is clear the 34-year-old is lacking match sharpness – something which could also be said of the other two debutants – some of his top flight qualities were clear to see.
Beye’s reading of the game at centre half was excellent and added some much needed assurance in a vulnerable Rovers back line.
His partner in the middle of the defence Sam Hird seemed to benefit from having such a composed presence by his side.
Though he was caught out by the pace of Marvin Sordell on a couple of occasions, Beye quickly recovered to restrict the striker.
He also handled the physicality of Chris Iwelumo and substitute Craig Beattie very well.
Herold Goulon was perhaps the least overtly impressive of the three debutants but his sheer size added presence to the Rovers midfield.
Goulon clearly will need more game time to reach his peak level but showed what he is capable of with a couple of surging runs through the middle.
He appeared not as strong as you would have imagined for a 6ft5in giant but this will perhaps come in time.
Fortune was very lively in a three man front line but his lack of sharpness ensured his chances were less than gilt edged.
The West Brom striker did make important contributions however.
Like El Hadji Diouf, it appears Fortune will craft plenty of chances from the wide areas, using his pace and strength to terrorise defenders and send passes into the area.
The overall verdict would be around 7.5/10 with room for improvement.