Rotherham United: Player ratings from the Brentford clash

Millers man of the match Semi Ajayi
Millers man of the match Semi Ajayi

The Star’s Millers man, Paul Davis, assesses the performances at Griffin Park.

ROTHERHAM (4-4-1-1)

LEWIS PRICE 6

Big ask to come in at short notice after five weeks out when Richard O’Donnell damaged his finger in the warm-up. Might have held on to the ball to stop Jota’s hat-trick goal.

STEPHEN KELLY 5

Not the player he was in last season’s survival push.

SEMI AJAYI 8

Strong, solid and mobile at the back and can pick a pass for such a big man.

AIMEN BELAID 6

Headed the Millers back into the game and was generally fairly sound.

BEN PURRINGTON 6

He’ll face easier opponents than the impish Jota, but the young left-back stuck to his task well.

JON TAYLOR 7

Usually high energy from the winger who delivered some dangerous crosses but marred his display with an awful second-half miss.

WILL VAULKS 5

Good cross for Aimen Belaid’s goal but otherwise struggled to impose himself on the game.

RICHIE SMALLWOOD 6

Rotherham’s busiest midfielder.

JOE NEWELL 4

A poor day for one of the Millers’ most skilful players and he was taken off after an hour to be replaced by Anthony Forde.

TOM ADEYEMI 6

Never saw him before the break in a role just behind striker Danny Ward, but much more influential in the second half.

DANNY WARD 6

Captain for the day, he fed on scraps in the first half and was better after the interval. Should have scored when Ajayi played him in.

Substitutes

ANTHONY FORDE 8

He changed the game by creating Aimen Belaid’s goal and scoring a cracker himself.

JOE MATTOCK

On for Aimen Belaid after 82 minutes.

DEXTER BLACKSTOCK

Replaced Richie Smallwood on 86 minutes.

Subs not used: Bray, Yates, Warren.

Brentford (3-5-2): Bentley 6; Colin 6, Egan 7, Bjelland 7; Jota 9, Kerschbaumer (Shaibu 77) 6, Woods 7, Yennaris 6, Henry 8; Jozefzoon (Canos 71) 6, Sawyers 5. Subs not used: Bonham, Clarke, Barbet, Field, Cole.

Goals: Jota 13, pen 90+2, 90+5, Yennaris 78 (Brentford); Belaid 68, Forde 87 (Rotherham).

Referee: Andy Davies (Hampshire) 6.

Attendance: 9,918 (408).

Match feature: Paul Davis’s take on events at Griffin Park