Rotherham United: Millers player ratings against Reading

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The Star’s Millers man, Paul Davis, assesses the players’ performances at New York Stadium

Rotherham (4-4-2)

Lee Camp 7

Saved a penalty and didn’t have a great deal else to do. Unlucky that he tipped a shot into Paul McShane’s path for the goal.

Darnell Fisher 6

Kept Reading danger man Garath McCleary fairly quiet, but too many misplaced passes.

Dael Fry 7

Responded to having a tough, experienced operator in Richard Wood at the side of him and had one of his best games.

Richard Wood 8

Proper, no-frills defending from a proper, no-frills defender. A leader and a big physical presence.

Joe Mattock 5

Good to see him back after a spell on the bench, but looked rusty.

Jon Taylor 6

Some great deliveries. Rotherham need to get him on the ball because he can make things happen.

Greg Halford 7

That long throw is such a big weapon, and he did pretty well in midfield.

Lee Frecklington 6

Full of running and never stopped competing. Great ball to play in Danny Ward for Ward’s big chance.

Joe Newell 5

Glimpses of quality. Give it us on a more consistent basis, Joe.

Danny Ward 7

Quiet first half but came to life after the break and was on fire during Rotherham’s best spell.

Dexter Blackstock 6

Won plenty in the air and no centre-half will take him lightly. More to come as his fitness improves.


Izzy Brown 5

On for Newell after 65 minutes but didn’t show his early-season form.

Anthony Forde

A 75th-minute replacement for Blackstock. Late chance saved when through on the left.

Subs not used: Price, Vaulks, Forster-Caskey, Ball, Belaid.

Reading (4-1-4-1)

Al-Habsi 8; Gunter 7, L Moore 6, Van Der Berg 6, Obita 6; Kelly 5 (McShane 28, 7); McCleary 6, Swift 6 (Evans 89), Williams 6, Beerens 6; Kermorgant 6. Subs not used: S Moore, Samuel, Blackett, Gravenberch, Watson.

Goal: McShane 86 (Reading).

Referee: Scott Duncan (Northumberland) 4.

Attendance: 8,800 (644).

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