Rotherham United: Player ratings from the Millers’ 2-0 loss at Southend

Will Vaulks was one of the better Millers performers
Will Vaulks was one of the better Millers performers

The Star’s Millers man, Paul Davis, assesses the performances on a poor day at Roots Hall.

ROTHERHAM (4-4-2)

LEWIS PRICE 6

Standing in for Marek Rodak, Price kept Rotherham in the game in the first half.

JOSH EMMANUEL 5

Sacrificed in the 58th minute as the Millers made attacking substitutions in their bid for an equaliser. Better in attack than defence.

SEMI AJAYI 4

When he’s good, he’s very, very good. When he’s bad, he’s like this. Jittery and full of mistakes.

WILL VAULKS 6

Gave his all, as always. One of the better performers on a bad day.

JOE MATTOCK 6

Too much space on his flank for the opening goal, but there were worse displays than his.

JON TAYLOR 5

Another player taken off early. Direct, but struggled on a terrible pitch to get any quality into his play.

RICHIE TOWELL 6

Never stopped competing and trying to make something happen.

MATT PALMER 5

Moments when you could see how good he is, but the surface did this passing player no favours.

RYAN WILLIAMS 5

Caught the eye early on but faded and was replaced.

DAVID BALL 5

Not the conditions for a player who relies so much on his touch to shine.

MICHAEL SMITH 6

Battled up front. Given little protection.

Substitutes

JERRY YATES 6

The striker came on for right-back Josh Emmanuel in the 58th minute as boss Paul Warne made attacking changes and came as close as any Millers player to scoring.

ANTHONY FORDE 6

Replaced Jon Taylor after 58 minutes and did okay.

JOE NEWELL

On for Ryan Williams after 73 minutes. Not far off with a shot at the end.

Subs not used: Bilboe, Cummings, Wood, Ihiekwe.

SOUTHEND (4-4-2): Oxley 7; Bwomono 6, Turner 7, White 7, Coker 7; McLaughlin 6, Yearwood 7, Mantom 6 (Timlin 69), Wordsworth; Cox (Wright 89), Fortune (Harrison 82). Subs not used: Bishop, Ferdinand, Kightly, Robinson.

Goals: McLaughlin 7, Cox 79.

Referee: Brett Huxtable (Devon) 6.

Attendance: 7,719 (461).

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