Rotherham United: Player ratings as the Millers’ long unbeaten run comes to an end against Rochdale

Richard Wood thinks he's scored
Richard Wood thinks he's scored

The Star’s Millers man, Paul Davis, assesses the performances in the 1-0 defeat AESSEAL New York Stadium.

ROTHERHAM (4-4-2)

MAREK RODAK 7

Pulled off an excellent first-half save from Andrew Cannon and was assured in everything he did. Rotherham’s best performer.

JOSH EMMANUEL 6

Good going forward, but caused big problems in his own half by hanging on to the ball too much and losing it.

SEMI AJAYI 6

Solid and a threat in the opposition box, but Ian Henderson and Stephen Humphrys were difficult opponents.

RICHARD WOOD 6

Similar to Semi Ajayi. Nothing wrong with the goal he scored that referee Graham Salisbury chose not to give.

JOE MATTOCK 5

Has played really well during Rotherham’s unbeaten run but was right out of form against Dale.

ANTHONY FORDE 5

Had trouble going past Matt Done early on and went into his shell.

RICHIE TOWELL 5

A big player for the Millers, but he and Will Vaulks couldn’t get to grips with Callum Camps and Andrew Cannon.

WILL VAULKS 5

Another player who has done well in recent weeks. This was his first ineffectual display for a while.

JOE NEWELL 5

One of two dangerous runs but not enough of them.

DAVID BALL 5

Set up Anthony Forde for an early shot with a lovely touch, but disappeared from the game.

MICHAEL SMITH 6

Worked hard and had his moments.

Substitutes:

RYAN WILLIAMS 6

Replaced Anthony Forde after 59 minutes. Energetic but had to move to right-back when Josh Emmanuel was brought off.

CAOLAN LAVERY 6

On for David Ball after 69 minutes and made his presence felt.

MATT PALMER

Busy in midfield when he replaced Josh Emmanuel in the 77th minute.

Subs not used: Price, Ihiekwe, Taylor, Yates.

ROCHDALE (3-5-2): Lillis 7; McGahey 7, McNulty 7, Delaney 7; Rafferty 6, Cannon 8, Camps 8, Inman 7 (Rathbone 82), Done 7; Humphrys 8 (Davies 77), Henderson 9. Subs not used: Moore, Wiseman, Adshead, Hart, Dobre.

Goals: Humphrys 66 (Rochdale).

Referee: Graham Salisbury (Lancashire) 3.

Attendance: 8,418 (399).

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