Rotherham United: Player ratings from the Millers’ 1-0 win at Rochdale

Richie Towell goes close to scoring
Richie Towell goes close to scoring

The Star’s Millers man, Paul Davis, delivers his verdict on the performances at Spotland.

ROTHERHAM (4-1-4-1)

RICHARD O’DONNELL 7

Assured. Crucial diving punch away just before half-time when Ian Henderson was about to pull the trigger on Steven Davies’ cross.

SHAUN CUMMINGS 7

Unhurried and solid. Does the right thing and takes up the right positions.

MICHAEL IHIEKWE 7

His best game for a month. No-one doubts he can play. Here, the physicality and doggedness were there too.

RICHARD WOOD 8

Wrecking Ball scored the winner and organised Rotherham’s best defensive display of the season. A leader.

JOE MATTOCK 7

Stuck to his task well and Rochdale right-flank dangerman Matty Done was taken off.

DARREN POTTER 8

Class and composure. King Kieffer is grabbing the headlines but Potter has also been a brilliant summer signing.

RICHIE TOWELL 8

Has a Premier League touch. Unlucky not to score. Creative in attack and doesn’t shirk in defence.

ANTHONY FORDE 7

A tireless worker. His corner set up Richard Wood’s winner.

LEE FRECKLINGTON

Off in the third minute. Fingers crossed the injury isn’t serious.

RYAN WILLIAMS 8

Always a threat in possession. Dale had to resort to fouling him. Effective and full of effort.

KIEFFER MOORE 7

Not his greatest day but still gave the Dale defence plenty of trouble.

Substitutes:

WILL VAULKS 7

On very early for Lee Frecklington and competed well throughout.

SEMI AJAYI

An 88th-minute replacement for Anthony Forde as Rotherham made sure they saw out the game.

JONSON CLARKE-HARRIS

Used in time added on when Kieffer could do no Moore.

Subs not used: Price, Emmanuel, Ball, Yates.

Goals: Wood 57 (Rotherham).

ROCHDALE (4-2-1-3): Lillis 7; Daniels 7, McGahey 6, McNulty 6, Bunney 6; Camps 5 (Inman 71) Williams 6; Rathbone 5 (Andrew 61, 6); Done 6 (Slew 81), Davies 7, Henderson 6. Subs not used: Rafferty, Ntlhe, Williams, Moore.

Referee: David Coote (Nottinghamshire) 8.

Attendance: 4,133 (1,221).

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