Rotherham United: How many would you give Blackstock? Player ratings from the Millers v Oxford clash

Millers man of the match Joe Newell
Millers man of the match Joe Newell

The Star’s Millers man, Paul Davis, assesses the performances at New York Stadium.

ROTHERHAM (4-4-2)

LEWIS PRICE 8

Saved a penalty and produced a stunning stop to keep out a Ryan Ledson shot just before Oxford’s second goal.

DARNELL FISHER 6

Steady enough. Nothing fantastic, but no major mistakes.

KIRK BROADFOOT 6

Good to see the old warrior back in action. Building up his sharpness after a long spell out. As competitive as ever.

RICHARD WOOD 6

Another player who never shies away from a battle. Admitted the Millers defence messed up big time for the second goal.

JOE MATTOCK 5

Never really got to grips with Robert Hall, who was quick and tricky, although the left-back did okay going forward.

ANTHONY FORDE 5

One run in the second half to set up a Danny Ward shot showed his potential but he needs to do more on the ball.

WILL VAULKS 6

In the Paul Warne class for effort. Looked more comfortable against League One opposition.

TOM ADEYEMI 6

You never saw him in the first half, although he became more prominent after the break.

JOE NEWELL 8

Excellent display. Always wanted the ball and the one player who could consistently unlock Oxford.

DEXTER BLACKSTOCK 2

Up there with Scott Allan at Blackburn, referee Tim Robinson at Hillsborough and himself against Preston for no-show of the season.

DANNY WARD 7

Missed a good chance early on, but on fire for a spell in the second half and scored a fantastic goal.

SUBSTITUTES

JERRY YATES 7

Came on for Dexter Blackstock in the 53rd minute and looked really sharp and lively. Good touches and lay-offs and always involved.

Subs not used: McMahon, Kelly, Taylor, Wilson, Belaid.

Oxford (4-4-1-1): Eastwood 6; Edwards 6, Dunkley 7, Nelson 7, Johnson 7; Hall 8 (Sercombe 74), Lundstram 6, Ledson 6, MacDonald 6; Maguire 5 (Rothwell 81); Taylor 8 (Hemmings 81). Subs not used: Buchel, Skarz, Ruffels, Raglan.

Goals: Ward 51, Adeyemi 89 (Rotherham); Taylor 41, Edwards 80, Hemmings 88 (Oxford).

Referee: Darren Bond (Lancashire) 8.

Attendance: 5,618 (1,292).

More on Dexter Blackstock in Paul Davis’s match feature, plus Paul Warne reaction