Rotherham United: Player ratings from the Millers’ 1-0 win over Blackpool

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

ROTHERHAM (4-4-2)

MAREK RODAK 8

Has had a good second half to the season and won fans over. Stunning save from Kelvin Mellor after the break.

JOSH EMMANUEL 7

His usual threat going forward and generally sound in his defending.

MICHAEL IHIEKWE 7

Hasn’t had a bad game since coming back into the side. Very good on the ground.

RICHARD WOOD 7

Solid and combative. I seem to write that most weeks.

JOE MATTOCK 7

Back in the side after injury. Offers an attacking edge Ben Purrington doesn’t. Big call for Paul Warne who plays against Scunthorpe United.

JON TAYLOR 5

No lack of energy or effort, but not the dynamic winger’s best game. Poor supply, although he did help set up the goal.

MATT PALMER 6

Not a consistent influence. One pass to Joe Mattock was as good as anything you’ll ever see in League One.

WILL VAULKS 6

Good goal. Seemed to play a touch within himself. Watch him go in the play-offs.

RYAN WILLIAMS 7

Lively and direct. Did all he could to be in Paul Warne’s starting 11 next Saturday.

DAVID BALL 6

Flickers of danger and beautiful control. Wish he saw more of the ball.

MICHAEL SMITH 6

Crucial to the Millers’ cause. One of his quieter games, but no centre-half fancies playing against him.

Substitutes:

CAOLAN LAVERY 6

A willing contributor when he replaced Michael Smith on 55 minutes.

ANTHONY FORDE 6

Made an impact as a 71st-minute replacement for Ryan Williams. No winger works harder.

RICHIE TOWELL 6

On for David Ball after 76 minutes and immediately involved.

Subs not used: Price, Ajayi, Purrington, Yates.

BLACKPOOL (4-4-2): Mafoumbi 7; Turton 6, Tilt 6, Robertson 6, Daniel 6; Mellor 6, Ryan 6 (Cooke H-T, 5), Spearing 7, Soloman-Otabor 7 (Agyei 67, 6); Longstaff 5 (Cullen 67, 5), Delfouneso 7. Subs not used: Williams, Clayton, Anderton, Menga.

Goals: Vaulks 68 (Rotherham).

Referee: Ross Joyce (Cleveland) 7.

Attendance: 9,512 (682).

Match feature: Now for the play-offs after the party of New York