Rotherham United: Player ratings from the Burton v Millers clash

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The Star’s Millers man, Paul Davis, assesses the performances at the Pirelli Stadium

Rotherham (4-4-1-1)

LEWIS PRICE 6

One stunning first-half save to tip over a Chris O’Grady piledriver and one of the few players to emerge with credit.

DARNELL FISHER 4

Nervy and unsure in defence. Little sign of the attacking threat he offered earlier in the season.

DOMINIC BALL 3

Bossed and bullied by O’Grady. The 21-year-old isn’t the most physical centre-half and O’Grady took advantage.

RICHARD WOOD 6

One shudders to imagine what the defence would be like without this solid, 100 per cent competitor.

JOE MATTOCK 6

Steady display. Nothing fantastic but nothing calamitous either.

JON TAYLOR 4

Loads of effort but little effect and he was substituted. His form has dipped in recent weeks.

TOM ADEYEMI 5

He has presence but has yet to really get hold of a game. His goal came too late to change things.

WILL VAULKS 4

Having played well against Leeds United last week, he struggled to get up to the pace of the game here.

ANTHONY FORDE 4

Paul Warne handed him a first start since August but the winger did little to justify it.

IZZY BROWN 5

Again, his contribution wasn’t consistent and he shed possession too easily. But most of the Millers’ best attacking moments involved him.

DANNY WARD 5

No goals in four games for the top scorer who had one of his poorer matches.

SUBSTITUTES

JERRY YATES 5

Replaced Jon Taylor in the 67th minute. No chance to shine.

JOE NEWELL 6

Showed up quite well when he came on for Anthony Forde after 67 minutes.

Subs not used: Bilboe, Fry, Kelly, Blackstock, Belaid.

Burton (3-5-2): McLaughlin 6; Brayford 6, Mousinho 7, Turner 7; Akins 6, Irvine 7, Palmer 6, Naylor 6 (Choudhury 75), Dyer 5; O’Grady 8 (Flanagan 86), Ward 6 (Miller 79). Subs not used: Bywater, Williamson, McCrory, Harness.

Goals: Irvine 15, Palmer 62 (Burton); Adeyemi 90+3 (Rotherham).

Referee: Christopher Kavanagh (Lancashire) 6.

Attendance: 4,446.

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