Rotherham United: Player ratings from the Aston Villa clash

Will Vaulks did well at right-back

Will Vaulks did well at right-back

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

ROTHERHAM (4-4-2)

LEWIS PRICE 7

Good saves from Conor Hourihane and Albert Odomah in the first half and from Jordan Amavi after the break.

STEPHEN KELLY

Off afer only 17 minutes with an Achilles injury.

SEMI AJAYI 7

Another good display from a centre-half who isn’t easily beaten in the air or on the ground.

AIMEN BELAID 6

Pulled off one of the plays of the game when he got back to hook the ball off the line after Adomah’s lob had beaten Price.

BEN PURRINGTON 6

A great prospect still adjusting to the demands of the Championship. One or two unforced errors.

ANTHONY FORDE 7

Better from the right winger. More aggressive in his attacking intent and a bigger threat as a result.

TOM ADEYEMI 6

Not his best game, but a presence and his running power took him into good attacking positions.

WILL VAULKS 7

The midfielder spent most of the game at right-back, where he was very decent. The own goal was cruel.

JON TAYLOR 6

Ran hard and long, as he always does, and his directness bothered Villa, but his delivery was found wanting.

DANNY WARD 6

The striker looked really up for it early on but he was kept off at half-time after a knock to the head.

JERRY YATES 6

Little flashes here and there. He had a goal disallowed for a foul in the build-up. Needs to do more over 90 minutes.

Substitutes:

RICHIE SMALLWOOD 6

On early doors when Kelly departed and was his usual combative presence in midfield.

LEE FRECKLINGTON 6

Replaced Ward at the break and no evidence of rustiness after two months out. Great to see the skipper back.

JOE NEWELL 5

Came on after an hour for Taylor but didn’t really impose himself.

Subs not used: Bilboe, Mattock, Bray, Warren.

ASTON VILLA (4-1-2-3): Johnstone 6; Hutton 7, Chester 6, Baker 6, Taylor 6; Jedinak 9; Lansbury 6, Hourihane 6; Adomah 7, Kodjia 7 (Davis 89), Bjarnason 7 (Grealish 33, Amavi 44, 6). Subs not used: Bunn, Richards, Elphick, Bree, Davis.

Goals: Vaulks og 68, Kodjia 87 (Villa).

Referee: Stephen Martin (Staffordshire) 4.

Attendance: 10,720 (2,567).

Paul Davis’s match feature, plus reaction from Paul Warne and Lee Frecklington