The Star’s Rotherham United man, Paul Davis, assesses the performances at Gresty Road.
RICHARD O’DONNELL 4
At fault for the first goal and possibly the second. Has been told to come for the ball but it’s alien to his game.
SHAUN CUMMINGS 5
An experienced player like him should maybe step up more when it’s starting to go wrong for the team.
SEMI AJAYI 5
Has all the physical tools to be a commanding centre-half, but needs to show more desire and attitude.
RICHARD WOOD 6
Solid and cleared his lines with a minimum of fuss.
JOSH EMMANUEL 5
Tough on the ‘wrong’ flank. Forced to come inside when he attacked.
DARREN POTTER 6
Assured on the ball and a physical presence. This was a day when Rotherham needed him to look forward more.
WILL VAULKS 6
Scored a great goal and he came close on a couple of other occasions. A competitor. Still too loose with the ball at times.
RYAN WILLIAMS 6
Had the beating of his man in the first half but lost his way in the second.
DAVID BALL 4
A talented player not receiving any service. If he’s in the side, pass to him.
JOE NEWELL 6
Unplayable in the first half but hardly seen after the break.
KIEFFER MOORE 6
Not happy to have his ‘goal’ ruled out. Needs teammates nearer him to take advantage of his flick-ons.
JON TAYLOR 6
Came on for Ryan Williams just past the hour mark and almost set up a goal for Kieffer Moore. Usual energy.
RICHIE TOWELL 5
Struggled to get into the game after replacing David Ball in the 68th minute, but not for the want of trying.
On for Richard Wood, 83 minutes.
Subs not used: Rodak, Forde, Clarke-Harris, Yates.
CREWE (4-3-3): Richards 6; Ng 5, Raynes 7, Walker 7, Pickering 6; Lowery 7, Grant 6, Ainley 6; Cooper 6, Bowery 4 (Porter 74), Dagnall 7. Subs not used: Garratt, Bakayogo, Nolan, Kirk, Reilly, Stubbs.
Goals: Walker 47, Ainley 89 (Crewe); Vaulks 21 (Rotherham).
Referee: Scott Oldham (Lancashire) 6.
Attendance: 2,597 (603).