The Star’s Rotherham United man, Paul Davis, assesses the performances at Glanford Park as the Millers beat another play-off rival.
MAREK RODAK 6
Lucky the penalty decision went his way. Only a couple of saves to make.
JOSH EMMANUEL 7
More defensive discipline than we’re used to from the youngster. Not quite the attacking threat he often is.
SEMI AJAYI 7
I don’t see a better centre-half in League One right now. Did everything he needed to, and he won’t forget the scenes after his goal for a while.
RICHARD WOOD 7
You know what you get from him, and we got it again. Solid, no frills. A leader.
JOE MATTOCK 7
Good game. Showed up well in defence and attack.
ANTHONY FORDE 7
Disciplined and, as always, a tireless worker. Big defensive shift because Scunthorpe were good on the flanks.
RICHIE TOWELL 8
Took the ball off the defence and did the right thing. Took possession in attack and did the right thing. Great display.
WILL VAULKS 8
A player right at the top of his game. A box-to-box competitor also doing some decent things on the ball.
JOE NEWELL 7
Scored and was an intermittent threat before being taken off.
DAVID BALL 7
Brilliant for 20 minutes, excellent up to half-time, then not seen much after the break. Superb control and vision.
MICHAEL SMITH 8
“Almost unplayable,” said boss Paul Warne. Worked his socks off, put himself about and skilful enough to keep attacks moving.
RYAN WILLIAMS 7
Destroyed Scunthorpe down the Millers’ left wing when he replaced Joe Newell after 69 minutes. Just too quick for them.
CAOLAN LAVERY 6
On for David Ball in the 75th minute. Should have scored, but more signs the loan signing is going to be a useful addition.
Subs not used: Price, Ihiekwe, Palmer, Taylor, Yates.
Scunthorpe (4-4-2): Gilks 6; Vermijl 7, McArdle 7, Wallace 6, Townsend 7 (Williams 86); Holmes 7, Bishop 6 (Adelakun 75), Ojo 7, Morris 6; Toney 6, Hopper 5 (Novak 66, 7). Subs not used: Watson, Goode, Burgess, Yates.
Goals: Novak 73 (Scunthorpe); Newell 31, Ajayi 70 (Rotherham).
Referee: Graham Salisbury (Lancashire) 5.
Attendance: 6,359 (2,100).