Rotherham United: Player ratings from the derby victory over Doncaster Rovers

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The Star’s Millers man, Paul Davis, assessess the performances at AESSEAL New York Stadium as Rotherham catch fire in time added on.

ROTHERHAM (4-4-2)

MAREK RODAK 6

No chance with the goal. One telling punch in the first half. Not tested a great deal.

JOSH EMMANUEL 6

A decent threat going forward at times and did his job defensively.

SEMI AJAYI 7

Blotted a good performance with a terrible error for Doncaster’s goal when he dwelled on the ball. Hopefully that’s it for needless mistakes in the promotion run-in.

RICHARD WOOD 6

Nothing fancy. Definitely nothing fancy. Just solid, no-nonsense defending. Was asked questions a couple of times as Rovers played long and turned him.

JOE MATTOCK 7

Good on the ball at times. Links really well with Joe Newell on the left flank.

ANTHONY FORDE 7

Troubled Rovers when he had the ball. Much more direct and penetrating than earlier in the season. Playing with confidence.

RICHIE TOWELL 9

Maybe his best display yet. He was everywhere in the second half and really got Rotherham going. Has craft to match his graft.

WILL VAULKS 6

Not as influential as he has been in recent games, but gave everything from start to finish.

JOE NEWELL 7

Good delivery and made one or two forays through the Rovers defence. Taking the penalty took some nerve.

DAVID BALL 6

One of his his quieter games, although he almost connected with an Anthony Forde cross right in front of goal in the first half.

MICHAEL SMITH 7

Given nothing by the referee but kept going and became an increasing presence the longer the game went on. Took his goal well.

Substitutes:

RYAN WILLIAMS

On for Anthony Forde after 79 minutes. Usual pace, energy and liveliness in possession.

CAOLAN LAVERY

Played a key role in earning the penalty after replacing David Ball on 83 minutes.

MATT PALMER

Came on for Richard Wood (90+1) and the Millers scored twice.

Subs not used: Price, Cummings, Taylor, Yates.

Doncaster Rovers (4-4-2): Marosi 6; Alcock 6, Anderson 8 (Wright 56, 6), Boyle 7, Mason 6; Beestin 6 (Blair 79), Whiteman 6, Coppinger 7 (Houghton 90+2), Rowe 6; Marquis 6, Kiwomya 6. Subs not used: Lawlor, Baudry, Kongolo, May.

Goals: Smith 90+3, Newell pen 90+13 (Rotherham); Marquis 39 (Doncaster).

Referee: Geoff Eltringham (County Durham) 5.

Attendance: 11,725 (2,624).

Match feature: 13 minutes of mayhem