Rotherham United: Player ratings from the Millers’ 1-1 draw with Derby County

Rotherham take the lead against Derby
Rotherham take the lead against Derby

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

ROTHERHAM (4-4-1-1)

RICHARD O’DONNELL 7

Some sharp shot-stopping again. That side of his game has become excellent. More command of his area required.

DARNELL FISHER 7

Has finished the season pretty well. Defensively, did his job, and looked to get forward when he could.

SEMI AJAYI 8

Man of the match for me. Hardly put a foot wrong. He should be a big, big player in League One.

RICHARD WOOD 7

Last year, Wood said David Nugent was the best striker he played against all season, but he didn’t give him a kick here.

JOE MATTOCK 7

Another player who has closed the season in consistent form. Quality cross for Frecklington’s goal.

LEE FRECKLINGTON 7

A trademark goal and plenty of energy from the captain who thought the penalty award against him was harsh.

WILL VAULKS 7

Looks good at right-back, prefers midfield. In midfield here. Has stepped up his game a notch in recent weeks. Competed well.

RICHIE SMALLWOOD 7

I won’t be alone in hoping he’s offered a new deal. Calm passing, good tackling and always in the right place off the ball.

JON TAYLOR 6

Didn’t last long before going off injured but had already shown he could be a danger down the left flank.

TOM ADEYEMI 5

Quiet day from one of Rotherham’s key players. Let’s hope he makes his loan deal permanent. He won’t thank Clarke-Harris for not passing to him when a clear run on goal beckoned.

JONSON CLARKE-HARRIS 5

Not the threat or force he was at Preston eight days earlier. Could have possibly helped seal the game by giving the ball to Adeyemi.

Substitutes

BEN PURRINGTON 6

On for Taylor after 13 minutes and his contribution in an unfamiliar left-midfield role drew praise from Warne. Went off with a tight hamstring.

DARNELLE BAILEY-KING

The young academy product replaced Purrington in the 76th minute. Pace to burn. We might see more of him next season.

Subs not used: Bilboe, Morris, Belaid, Bray, Yates.

DERBY (4-1-2-3): Carson 7; Baird 6, Keogh 6, Pearce 6, Olsson 7; Butterfield 5; Bryson 6 (Hughes H-T, 7), Johnson 6; Ince 6, Nugent 5 (Blackman 78), Russell 6 (Bent 56, 6). Subs not used: Mitchell, Christie, Anya, Vydra.

Goals: Frecklington 66 (Rotherham); Ince pen 83 (Derby).

Referee: Darren Deadman (Cambridgeshire) 6.

Attendance: 10,763 (2,595).

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