The Star’s Millers man, Paul Davis, assesses the performances at the Kassam Stadium.
MAREK RODAK 7
At fault for the second goal, but redeemed himself with a penalty stop and produced other key saves.
JOSH EMMANUEL 5
No defender emerges with credit after that first half. Defensively naive at times.
SEMI AJAYI 5
As poor as any player in the opening period on his return to the side. Improved after the break. Needs to take charge more. Has all the physical attributes.
MICHAEL IHIEKWE 5
He and Semi Ajayi were given a tough time by Oxford centre-forward Wes Thomas.
JOE MATTOCK 6
The most solid member of the backline. Tested Simon Eastwood with a 49th-minute shot.
WILL VAULKS 4
The holding role didn’t suit him. Bypassed too easily and his distribution was off. Never, ever hides, though.
RYAN WILLIAMS 7
Scored the second goal and was a big influence in the second half when the Millers turned the game around.
RICHIE TOWELL 5
Talented player not having his best day. Sacrificed in the second half for Jon Taylor’s pace and running power.
JOE NEWELL 7
Some of his touches were class. There won’t be a better pass hit in League One all season than the one which helped set up Kieffer Moore’s goal.
ANTHONY FORDE 6
Solid. Worked hard, as always.
KIEFFER MOORE 6
He’s played better. But he scored. Again.
JON TAYLOR 7
Energy and impact. Great quote from boss Paul Warne: “It was like he had been in a cupboard for three years. He was pretty keen!” Replaced Richie Towell in the 68th minute.
Subs not used: O’Donnell, Ball, Clarke-Harris, Yates, Cummings, Wood.
Goals: Payne 21, Ruffels 30, Nelson 40 (Oxford); Newell, 20, Williams 44, Moore 78 (Rotherham).
OXFORD (4-2-3-1): Eastwood 6; Carroll 6, Nelson 6, Mousinho 7, Ricardinho 7; Ruffels 7, Ledson 7; Henry 6, Payne 8, Mowatt 6 (Rothwell 64, 6); Thomas 8 (Obika 78). Subs not used: Shearer, Tiendalli, Williamson, Martin, Fernandez.
Referee: Sebastian Stockbridge (Tyne) 6.
Attendance: 7,471 (608).