Rotherham United: Player ratings from the Millers’ 3-3 draw at Oxford United

Ryan Williams scored the second goal
Ryan Williams scored the second goal

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

ROTHERHAM (4-1-4-1)

MAREK RODAK 7

At fault for the second goal, but redeemed himself with a penalty stop and produced other key saves.

JOSH EMMANUEL 5

No defender emerges with credit after that first half. Defensively naive at times.

SEMI AJAYI 5

As poor as any player in the opening period on his return to the side. Improved after the break. Needs to take charge more. Has all the physical attributes.

MICHAEL IHIEKWE 5

He and Semi Ajayi were given a tough time by Oxford centre-forward Wes Thomas.

JOE MATTOCK 6

The most solid member of the backline. Tested Simon Eastwood with a 49th-minute shot.

WILL VAULKS 4

The holding role didn’t suit him. Bypassed too easily and his distribution was off. Never, ever hides, though.

RYAN WILLIAMS 7

Scored the second goal and was a big influence in the second half when the Millers turned the game around.

RICHIE TOWELL 5

Talented player not having his best day. Sacrificed in the second half for Jon Taylor’s pace and running power.

JOE NEWELL 7

Some of his touches were class. There won’t be a better pass hit in League One all season than the one which helped set up Kieffer Moore’s goal.

ANTHONY FORDE 6

Solid. Worked hard, as always.

KIEFFER MOORE 6

He’s played better. But he scored. Again.

Substitutes:

JON TAYLOR 7

Energy and impact. Great quote from boss Paul Warne: “It was like he had been in a cupboard for three years. He was pretty keen!” Replaced Richie Towell in the 68th minute.

Subs not used: O’Donnell, Ball, Clarke-Harris, Yates, Cummings, Wood.

Goals: Payne 21, Ruffels 30, Nelson 40 (Oxford); Newell, 20, Williams 44, Moore 78 (Rotherham).

OXFORD (4-2-3-1): Eastwood 6; Carroll 6, Nelson 6, Mousinho 7, Ricardinho 7; Ruffels 7, Ledson 7; Henry 6, Payne 8, Mowatt 6 (Rothwell 64, 6); Thomas 8 (Obika 78). Subs not used: Shearer, Tiendalli, Williamson, Martin, Fernandez.

Referee: Sebastian Stockbridge (Tyne) 6.

Attendance: 7,471 (608).

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