Rotherham United: Millers player ratings from the Newcastle United clash

The Star’s Millers man, Paul Davis, assesses the Rotherham performances in the New York Stadium showdown

Rotherham (4-4-1-1)

Lee Camp 6

One blinding save to push a low cross-goal shot from Christian Atsu round the post in the second half.

Greg Halford 7

Called up when Joe Mattock was injured in the warm-up and played his part in an excellent team effort.

Dael Fry 8

The 19-year-old centre-half’s best game for the club. Solid, alert to danger and always in the right place.

Dominic Ball 8

Matched the standards set by his partner in central defence. Good on the ground and a real competitor.

Darnell Fisher 8

Switched to left-back and handled it well. A pacy threat going forward and rarely caught out defensively.

Jon Taylor 8

Moments of real menace from the winger. Very direct and can beat his man. When he goes, he really goes.

Tom Adeyemi 6

Doing a steady job in central midfield until a calf injury ended his day in the 26th minute.

Lee Frecklington 7

Epitomised the Millers’ spirit. He was everywhere until a booking meant he had to curb things slightly.

Joe Newell 5

Saw a great great 22-yard shot saved but was unable to affect the game much and was withdrawn.

Izzy Brown 6

Showed his talent in flashes, but the Millers’ dangerman wasn’t at his best, giving the ball away too often.

Danny Ward 7

In the Frecklington class for hard work. No chances, but always asking questions of the Toon defence.


Will Vaulks 6

Best game since Wolves on opening day after replacing Adeyemi. Got on the ball and contributed.

Dexter Blackstock 6

On for Newell in the 73rd minute. Signs he will be add know-how and physicality when fully fit.

Subs not used: Price, Forster-Caskey, Forde, Wood.

Newcastle (4-1-2-3): Darlow 6; Dummett 6, Clark 9, Lascelles 8, Anita 6; Colback 8; Shelvey 6, Diame 7 (Hanley 87); Atsu 7 (Ritchie 66, 6), Gayle 6 (Mitrovic 79), Gouffran 7. Subs not used: Sels, Hayden, Mbemba, Yedlin.

Goal: Atsu 41 (Newcastle).

Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire) 4.

Attendance: 11,653 (2,587).

Click here for match feature and Alan Stubbs’ verdict on the referee