The Star’s Millers man, Paul Davis, assesses the performances on a poor day at Roots Hall.
LEWIS PRICE 6
Standing in for Marek Rodak, Price kept Rotherham in the game in the first half.
JOSH EMMANUEL 5
Sacrificed in the 58th minute as the Millers made attacking substitutions in their bid for an equaliser. Better in attack than defence.
SEMI AJAYI 4
When he’s good, he’s very, very good. When he’s bad, he’s like this. Jittery and full of mistakes.
WILL VAULKS 6
Gave his all, as always. One of the better performers on a bad day.
JOE MATTOCK 6
Too much space on his flank for the opening goal, but there were worse displays than his.
JON TAYLOR 5
Another player taken off early. Direct, but struggled on a terrible pitch to get any quality into his play.
RICHIE TOWELL 6
Never stopped competing and trying to make something happen.
MATT PALMER 5
Moments when you could see how good he is, but the surface did this passing player no favours.
RYAN WILLIAMS 5
Caught the eye early on but faded and was replaced.
DAVID BALL 5
Not the conditions for a player who relies so much on his touch to shine.
MICHAEL SMITH 6
Battled up front. Given little protection.
JERRY YATES 6
The striker came on for right-back Josh Emmanuel in the 58th minute as boss Paul Warne made attacking changes and came as close as any Millers player to scoring.
ANTHONY FORDE 6
Replaced Jon Taylor after 58 minutes and did okay.
On for Ryan Williams after 73 minutes. Not far off with a shot at the end.
Subs not used: Bilboe, Cummings, Wood, Ihiekwe.
SOUTHEND (4-4-2): Oxley 7; Bwomono 6, Turner 7, White 7, Coker 7; McLaughlin 6, Yearwood 7, Mantom 6 (Timlin 69), Wordsworth; Cox (Wright 89), Fortune (Harrison 82). Subs not used: Bishop, Ferdinand, Kightly, Robinson.
Goals: McLaughlin 7, Cox 79.
Referee: Brett Huxtable (Devon) 6.
Attendance: 7,719 (461).