Rotherham United: Player ratings from the Millers’ 2-2 play-off draw at Scunthorpe United

Josh Emmanuel had a great game
Josh Emmanuel had a great game
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The Star’s Millers man, Paul Davis, assesses the performances at Glanford Park.

ROTHERHAM (4-4-2)

MAREK RODAK 6

Did well to deny Duane Holmes in the second half. Good distribution.

JOSH EMMANUEL 8

Solid defensively and an irresistible force going forward. Brilliant run for the opening goal.

MICHAEL IHIEKWE 5

His first poor game since returning to the side. Horrible own goal and shaky from then on.

RICHARD WOOD 7

Just what Rotherham needed from their skipper. Took no prisoners, no risks and held things together.

JOE MATTOCK 6

Steady display, although he was undone by Hakeeb Adelakun in the build-up to the first equaliser. Won a couple of important headers.

WILL VAULKS 6

Not spectacular, but always battling, always competing.

JON TAYLOR 7

Decent show. Usual non-stop running, improved delivery and capped his day with a goal.

RICHIE TOWELL 7

Superb lofted pass to set up Jon Taylor’s goal. Always looking to be involved.

MATT PALMER 7

Excellent in the first half with his vision and willingness to have the ball. Less effective after the break.

RYAN WILLIAMS 8

Troubled the Iron constantly with his energy and lively running with the ball.

MICHAEL SMITH 8

Had the beating of the Scunthorpe defence in the air and on the ground. Good hold-up and link-up play.

Substitutes:

JOE NEWELL 7

Didn’t waste time when he came on for Jon Taylor in the 63rd minute. 58 seconds later, first touch, goal, bedlam.

SEMI AJAYI 6

Powerful presence after Richie Towell departed in the 72nd minute.

ANTHONY FORDE

Replaced Ryan Williams, 90+4.

Subs not used: Price, Purrington, Ball, Lavery.

Scunthorpe (4-4-1-1): Gilks 6 (Watson 61, 6); Clarke 7, McArdle 6, Wallace 6, Townsend 6; Adelakun 7 (McGeehan 74), Ojo 6, Yates 5, Morris 5; Holmes 8; Toney 7 (Hopper 90+3). Subs not used: Bishop, Novak, Vermijl, Burgess.

Goals: Taylor 17, Newell 64 (Rotherham); Ihiekwe og 18, McGeehan 88 (Scunthorpe).

Referee: Tim Robinson (West Sussex) 5.

Attendance: 6,591 (1,601).

Match feature: A pie in the face for Joe Newell. Now bring on New York