Rotherham United: Player ratings from the Preston North End clash

Danny Ward was always on the move for the Millers
Danny Ward was always on the move for the Millers

The Star’s Millers man, Paul Davis, gives his verdict on the performances at New York Stadium.

Rotherham (4-4-2)

Lee Camp 6

Nothing he could have done about any of the Preston goals.

Darnell Fisher 5

Should have been tighter to Greg Cunningham to stop the cross for the first goal, Aiden McGeady skipped round him for the second.

Dael Fry 5

A big lad who needs to impose himself on centre-forwards. The teenager allows them move him about too much.

Richard Wood 6

Typical commitment and his first goal for the club, but let Jordan Hugill get in front of him for the opener.

Joe Mattock 6

Most of the major problems were on the flank Mattock wasn’t defending.

Jon Taylor 5

Little came off for him, although it wasn’t for the want of trying. Wasted a decent first-half chance.

Will Vaulks 5

Huge workrate and hunger, but isn’t up to the pace of the Championship yet, leading to rushed, wrong decisions.

Dominic Ball 4

The game passed him by and his touch was too heavy when he did see the ball.

Joe Newell 5

Like the last few games. Little flashes, not enough consistency.

Danny Ward 6

There have been better days for the top scorer, but the usual effort and mobility was there.

Dexter Blackstock 3

Still doesn’t look match-fit. One pass to Taylor to set up a shot and that was it.


Peter Odemwingie 7

On at half-time for Dexter Blackstock. Obvious quality and was Rotherham’s best player.

Greg Halford 6

Another half-time sub, for Ball, and did a solid job as a defensive midfielder as the Millers went 4-1-2-3.

Izzy Brown

A 76th-minute replacement for Jon Taylor but was fairly anonymous.

Subs not used: Price, Kelly, Forde, Belaid.

Preston (4-4-2): Maxwell 6; Baptiste 6, Clarke 8, Wright 7, Cunningham 7; McGeady (Beckford 89) 7, Gallagher 6, Johnson 7, Pringle (Vermijl 77) 6; Robinson 8, Hugill 7(Makienok 55, 7). Subs not used: Lindegaard, Huntington, Grimshaw, Doyle.

Goals: Hugill 22, Robinson 27, Vermijl 81 (Preston); Wood 71 (Rotherham).

Referee: Andy Woolmer (Northants) 6.

Attendance: 10,013 (1,559).

Match feature, plus Kenny Jackett and Richard Wood reaction