Rotherham United: Player ratings from the Cardiff City clash

The Millers' best performer, Jon Taylor
The Millers' best performer, Jon Taylor
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The Star’s Millers man, Paul Davis, assesses the performances at Cardiff City Stadium.

ROTHERHAM (4-1-4-1)

Richard O’Donnell 4

His shot-stopping has been good at times, but signs that he isn’t the bravest goalkeeper and likes to stay on his line.

Stephen Kelly 5

Coped quite well with the speedy, skilful threat of Kadeem Harris early on, but sucked into the general malaise thereafter.

Joel Ekstrand 4

A couple of good headers and tackles, but at fault for the third goal.

Richard Wood 5

Defiant in the air. However, his defence leaked five goals.

Ben Purrington 5

He gave the second goal away but, relax, he’s going to have better days and be a good player for the Millers.

Richie Smallwood 4

Unusually for him, he was a peripheral figure and unable to have a significant impact on the game.

Jon Taylor 6

His effort couldn’t be questioned. Nothing much happened for him, but he never stopped running.

Will Vaulks 4

Struggled to get up to speed and was too rushed in his passing.

Joe Newell 4

One of two clever touches, but not enough of them. Injured towards the end but had to stay on.

Joe Mattock 4

Looked like a left-back trying to be a left midfielder and was taken off after an ineffectual first-half display.

Dexter Blackstock 3

Showed no mobility or fight. Gave Sol Bamba probably the easiest game he’ll have this season.

Substitutes

Anthony Forde 4

On at half-time for Joe Mattock but the improvement was only slight.

Jerry Yates 5

Ran hard after replacing Dexter Blackstock in the 59th minute and always showed for the ball.

Aimen Belaid 5

Came on for Joel Ekstrand in the 68th minute.

Subs not used: Bilboe, Fisher, Bray, Warren.

Cardiff City (4-4-2): McGregor 6; Connolly 6, Bamba 8, Morrison 7, Richards 6; Noone 8 (Pilkington 72), Gunnarsson 6, Ralls 6, Harris 7 (John 80); Healey 6 (Hoilett 45, 6), Zohore 8. Subs not used: Murphy, Whittingham, Bennett, Halford.

Goals: Harris 11, Hoilett 45+2, Noone 49, Zohore 54, 83 (Cardiff).

Referee: Jeremy Simpson (Lancashire) 7.

Attendance: 15,615.

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