Taylor a big hit but loan keeper can’t save Millers

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ROTHERHAM United expected big things of Rhys Taylor after signing the goalkeeper at the start of 2012.

Brought in to replace Conrad Logan, the Chelsea player has kept tidily, with five clean sheets in 13 starts.

He made a breathtaking stop to deny Scott Rendell last weekend but was powerless to prevent Oxford United from winning, a result which leaves the Millers play-off aspirations hanging by a thread.

The 4,500 Sheffield Wednesday fans who made the trip to Nottingham saw an excellent defensive performance from their side. Danny Batth gets the nod at centre-half alongside Sheffield United hot prospect Harry Maguire.

Another Owls defender, Julian Bennett, shone in the left-back position and his impressive form will give new boss Dave Jones a selection dilemma once Reda Johnson is fully fit.

Pascal Chimbonda completes the back four following a steady display in Doncaster Rovers 2-1 home loss to Derby County.

Yet again, Michail Antonio makes the team. In possession, his speed, power and dribbling prowess is causing defences at this level all sorts of problems. I’ve picked him on the left wing and, on the opposite flank, Drew Talbot is chosen after the utility Spireites star bagged a lovely opener for the League One strugglers in their spirited draw with MK Dons.

Michael Doyle and Lee Williamson dictated proceedings for the Blades, especially in the first-half, and I’ve paired them in the middle of the park. Neither were as influential after the re-start as Tranmere Rovers battled back to secure a draw at Bramall Lane.

Controversial Senegalese international El Hadji Diouf and Ryan Lowe are chosen up front.

Chosen ones

Rhys Taylor (Millers)

P’cal Chimbonda (Rovers)

Danny Batth (Owls)

Harry Maguire (Blades)

Julian Bennett (Owls)

Drew Talbot (Spireites)

Michael Doyle (Blades)

Lee Williamson (Blades)

Michail Antonio (Owls)

El Hadji Diouf (Rovers)

Ryan Lowe (Owls)