Rotherham United: Player ratings from the Aston Villa clash

The Star's Millers man, Paul Davis, assesses the performances at New York Stadium.

Sunday, 5th March 2017, 12:32 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:08 am
Will Vaulks did well at right-back

ROTHERHAM (4-4-2)

LEWIS PRICE 7

Good saves from Conor Hourihane and Albert Odomah in the first half and from Jordan Amavi after the break.

STEPHEN KELLY

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Off afer only 17 minutes with an Achilles injury.

SEMI AJAYI 7

Another good display from a centre-half who isn’t easily beaten in the air or on the ground.

AIMEN BELAID 6

Pulled off one of the plays of the game when he got back to hook the ball off the line after Adomah’s lob had beaten Price.

BEN PURRINGTON 6

A great prospect still adjusting to the demands of the Championship. One or two unforced errors.

ANTHONY FORDE 7

Better from the right winger. More aggressive in his attacking intent and a bigger threat as a result.

TOM ADEYEMI 6

Not his best game, but a presence and his running power took him into good attacking positions.

WILL VAULKS 7

The midfielder spent most of the game at right-back, where he was very decent. The own goal was cruel.

JON TAYLOR 6

Ran hard and long, as he always does, and his directness bothered Villa, but his delivery was found wanting.

DANNY WARD 6

The striker looked really up for it early on but he was kept off at half-time after a knock to the head.

JERRY YATES 6

Little flashes here and there. He had a goal disallowed for a foul in the build-up. Needs to do more over 90 minutes.

Substitutes:

RICHIE SMALLWOOD 6

On early doors when Kelly departed and was his usual combative presence in midfield.

LEE FRECKLINGTON 6

Replaced Ward at the break and no evidence of rustiness after two months out. Great to see the skipper back.

JOE NEWELL 5

Came on after an hour for Taylor but didn’t really impose himself.

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

ASTON VILLA (4-1-2-3): Johnstone 6; Hutton 7, Chester 6, Baker 6, Taylor 6; Jedinak 9; Lansbury 6, Hourihane 6; Adomah 7, Kodjia 7 (Davis 89), Bjarnason 7 (Grealish 33, Amavi 44, 6). Subs not used: Bunn, Richards, Elphick, Bree, Davis.

Goals: Vaulks og 68, Kodjia 87 (Villa).

Referee: Stephen Martin (Staffordshire) 4.

Attendance: 10,720 (2,567).