Rotherham United: Player ratings from the QPR clash

Millers man of the match Joe Newell
Millers man of the match Joe Newell
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The Star’s Millers man, Paul Davis, gives his verdict on the performances at Loftus Road.

ROTHERHAM (4-4-2)

LEWIS PRICE 5

Excellent second-half save to tip away a Yeni Ngbakoto lob but might have done better with the first goal.

WILL VAULKS 5

Some rash decision-making at times. Needs to keep a calmer head as rushing in can leave him exposed.

SEMI AJAYI 4

The mistake that gave QPR their second goal was an avoidable howler. Obvious potential, still learning, needs to reduce the errors.

AIMEN BELAID 4

Gave away the penalty and was unconvincing throughout the match.

BEN PURRINGTON 4

The boy can defend but needs to be more confident on the ball. Only 20 and still adjusting. His time will come.

JON TAYLOR 4

Rotherham couldn’t get the winger into the game. One moment of danger, but failed to look up and the chance to tee up Lee Frecklington was gone.

TOM ADEYEMI 4

Arguably the Millers’ Player of the Year, but little was seen of him at Loftus Road.

LEE FRECKLINGTON 5

Always competing, but little came off for Rotherham’s captain.

JOE NEWELL 6

Stunning goal. Rotherham’s best player in the first half but faded with the rest of the team after the break.

DANNY WARD 5

Set up Newell’s goal with a deft header and created a chance for Carlton Morris. A long time without a goal now.

JERRY YATES 5

A willing runner but never really asked questions of the QPR defence.

Substitutes

ANTHONY FORDE 4

A 65th-minute replacement for Taylor, he didn’t change much.

CARLTON MORRIS 6

On for the last 20 minutes in place of Yates. Scuffed a shot wide but otherwise looked sharp and decent on his debut.

RICHIE SMALLWOOD

Played the last five minutes as Ward came off after a couple of knocks.

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

QPR (5-3-2): Smithies 6; Furlong 7, Onuoha 7, Hall 7, Lynch 7, Bidwell 7; Freeman 6 (Morrison 63, 6), Luongo 6 (Goss 75), Ngbakoto 7; Smith 7 (Washington 63, 6), Sylla 7. Subs not used: Ingram, Mackie, Wszolek, Manning.

Goals: Smith 5, Freeman 15, Ngbakoto pen 49, Luongo 57, Onuoha 90+1 (QPR); Newell 13 (Rotherham).

Referee: Oliver Langford (West Midlands) 7.

Attendance: 13,838 (262).

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