Rotherham United: Player ratings from the Aston Villa clash
The Star's Millers man, Paul Davis, assesses the performances at New York Stadium.
LEWIS PRICE 7
Good saves from Conor Hourihane and Albert Odomah in the first half and from Jordan Amavi after the break.
Off afer only 17 minutes with an Achilles injury.
SEMI AJAYI 7
Another good display from a centre-half who isn’t easily beaten in the air or on the ground.
AIMEN BELAID 6
Pulled off one of the plays of the game when he got back to hook the ball off the line after Adomah’s lob had beaten Price.
BEN PURRINGTON 6
A great prospect still adjusting to the demands of the Championship. One or two unforced errors.
ANTHONY FORDE 7
Better from the right winger. More aggressive in his attacking intent and a bigger threat as a result.
TOM ADEYEMI 6
Not his best game, but a presence and his running power took him into good attacking positions.
WILL VAULKS 7
The midfielder spent most of the game at right-back, where he was very decent. The own goal was cruel.
JON TAYLOR 6
Ran hard and long, as he always does, and his directness bothered Villa, but his delivery was found wanting.
DANNY WARD 6
The striker looked really up for it early on but he was kept off at half-time after a knock to the head.
JERRY YATES 6
Little flashes here and there. He had a goal disallowed for a foul in the build-up. Needs to do more over 90 minutes.
RICHIE SMALLWOOD 6
On early doors when Kelly departed and was his usual combative presence in midfield.
LEE FRECKLINGTON 6
Replaced Ward at the break and no evidence of rustiness after two months out. Great to see the skipper back.
JOE NEWELL 5
Came on after an hour for Taylor but didn’t really impose himself.
Subs not used: Bilboe, Mattock, Bray, Warren.
ASTON VILLA (4-1-2-3): Johnstone 6; Hutton 7, Chester 6, Baker 6, Taylor 6; Jedinak 9; Lansbury 6, Hourihane 6; Adomah 7, Kodjia 7 (Davis 89), Bjarnason 7 (Grealish 33, Amavi 44, 6). Subs not used: Bunn, Richards, Elphick, Bree, Davis.
Goals: Vaulks og 68, Kodjia 87 (Villa).
Referee: Stephen Martin (Staffordshire) 4.
Attendance: 10,720 (2,567).