Rotherham United: Player ratings from the QPR clash

Millers man of the match Joe Newell
Millers man of the match Joe Newell

The Star’s Millers man, Paul Davis, gives his verdict on the performances at Loftus Road.

ROTHERHAM (4-4-2)

LEWIS PRICE 5

Excellent second-half save to tip away a Yeni Ngbakoto lob but might have done better with the first goal.

WILL VAULKS 5

Some rash decision-making at times. Needs to keep a calmer head as rushing in can leave him exposed.

SEMI AJAYI 4

The mistake that gave QPR their second goal was an avoidable howler. Obvious potential, still learning, needs to reduce the errors.

AIMEN BELAID 4

Gave away the penalty and was unconvincing throughout the match.

BEN PURRINGTON 4

The boy can defend but needs to be more confident on the ball. Only 20 and still adjusting. His time will come.

JON TAYLOR 4

Rotherham couldn’t get the winger into the game. One moment of danger, but failed to look up and the chance to tee up Lee Frecklington was gone.

TOM ADEYEMI 4

Arguably the Millers’ Player of the Year, but little was seen of him at Loftus Road.

LEE FRECKLINGTON 5

Always competing, but little came off for Rotherham’s captain.

JOE NEWELL 6

Stunning goal. Rotherham’s best player in the first half but faded with the rest of the team after the break.

DANNY WARD 5

Set up Newell’s goal with a deft header and created a chance for Carlton Morris. A long time without a goal now.

JERRY YATES 5

A willing runner but never really asked questions of the QPR defence.

Substitutes

ANTHONY FORDE 4

A 65th-minute replacement for Taylor, he didn’t change much.

CARLTON MORRIS 6

On for the last 20 minutes in place of Yates. Scuffed a shot wide but otherwise looked sharp and decent on his debut.

RICHIE SMALLWOOD

Played the last five minutes as Ward came off after a couple of knocks.

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

QPR (5-3-2): Smithies 6; Furlong 7, Onuoha 7, Hall 7, Lynch 7, Bidwell 7; Freeman 6 (Morrison 63, 6), Luongo 6 (Goss 75), Ngbakoto 7; Smith 7 (Washington 63, 6), Sylla 7. Subs not used: Ingram, Mackie, Wszolek, Manning.

Goals: Smith 5, Freeman 15, Ngbakoto pen 49, Luongo 57, Onuoha 90+1 (QPR); Newell 13 (Rotherham).

Referee: Oliver Langford (West Midlands) 7.

Attendance: 13,838 (262).

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