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Rotherham United: Player ratings from the Millers’ 3-2 home win over Fleetwood Town

Star man Joe Newell
Star man Joe Newell

The Star’s Millers man, Paul Davis, assesses the performances at AESSEAL New York Stadium

ROTHERHAM (4-4-2)

MAREK RODAK 6

Blameless for both Fleetwood goals. Distributed well.

WILL VAULKS 7

Never truly comfortable at right-back, but stepped up his game when he moved to centre-half. Valuable versatility.

SEMI AJAYI 5

Not his best day and taken off in a defensive reshuffle at 2-2.

RICHARD WOOD 7

Gave everything in both boxes and scored the winning goal.

BEN PURRINGTON 6

Offered little going forward but did a sound job defensively.

ANTHONY FORDE 6

Some decent bits but had faded by the time he was replaced.

RICHIE TOWELL 8

Always looking for a dangerous pass and no-one on the pitch worked harder. An impressive display.

MATT PALMER 7

Excellent when the Millers were on top. Always available to take a pass and orchestrated play. Not so good when Fleetwood were attacking.

JOE NEWELL 9

Warne described him as ‘unplayable’. ‘Devastating’, ‘brilliant’ and ‘match-winner’ equally apply. Full of running and trickery.

DAVID BALL 5

Rotherham need to find a way to get one of League One’s most talented players on the ball more. A peripheral figure, but the defenders of his former club, who know him well, were clearly wary of him.

MICHAEL SMITH 7

Given nothing by the referee. Gave everything for the cause.

Substitutes:

JOSH EMMANUEL 7

Did well after replacing Semi Ajayi in the 64th minute.

JON TAYLOR 6

Stretched Fleetwood as a 69th-minute replacement for Anthony Forde.

CAOLAN LAVERY

On for David Ball after 77 minutes.

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

FLEETWOOD (3-5-2): Cairns 6; Eastham 7, Pond 7, Bolger 7; Coyle 6, Dempsey 5, Diagouraga 7, Sowerby 5 (Burns 80), Hunter 6; Madden 4 (Grant 65, 5), McAleny 6 (Hiwula 65, 5). Subs not used: Neal, Glendon, Jones, Biggins.

Goals: Pond og 12, Newell 50, Wood 77 (Rotherham); Eastham 5, Bolger 54 (Fleetwood).

Referee: Carl Boyeson (East Yorkshire) 5.

Attendance: 7,562 (156).

Match feature: Super Joe and fighting Millers