Rotherham United hosted Huddersfield Town at the New York Stadium. Ben Wiles’ 25-yard directed strike put the Millers ahead just after the half hour mark, but Pipa’s shot was deflected in by Angus MacDonald in the 95th minute to make it 1-1.
Jamal Blackman: 6.5 – The Chelsea loanee didn’t have too much to do, a good shot stop at his near post was the only action towards his goal. His distribution was controlled and directed but at times did drift too far wide rather than hitting the 2 strong strikers. His 1st time long pass forward when received from a pass failed to get much height on it and was the only real aspect of his game that could be scrutinised.
Wes Harding: 7 – The right-back was powerful when striding forward, he liked to get the ball onto the right side of his body and look to be progressive but is prone to a clumsy touch and loose control every now and again. He has a dominant throw-in and put in a lovely whipped cross with great technique.
Angus MacDonald: 8.5 – Apart from the unfortunate own goal it was a brilliant performance from the former Hull man. He put his body on the line and came up with a goal saving recovery tackle, heads very strong with his clearances, senses danger and has good timing to his defensive actions.
Michael Ihiekwe: 9 – The former Tranmere man was a leader on the pitch by both his actions and communication. His defensive intelligence really showed in this game, knowing when to press to win the ball, when to go wide to help or recover Harding, and reading opposition attacks. He clears with intent, is brave, and is a danger from attacking set-pieces.
Joe Mattock: 7.5 – A strong performance from the experienced full-back, he has a lovely long pass down the channel and strong delivery from set-pieces. He looks to have a good partnership coming along with the wide midfielder in-front of him and overall has a calm, measured, but committed defensive approach.
Ben Wiles: 7.5 – The goal scorer, a lovely strike directed into the corner from distance. Although he lost the ball cheaply at times he knows how to win a free-kick, great body positioning and gamesmanship for a young player. The Rotherham born midfielder work incredibly hard and showed great determination in his game.
Shaun MacDonald: 6.5 – One of the more experienced Championship players in this Rotherham squad and it showed, he didn’t get on the ball much but it was clear to see his influence on the team. Organising the midfield, his off the ball movement and positioning in both attack and defence was productive, he worked hard and gets stuck in. A solid performance.
Matt Crooks: 6.5 – Whenever the midfielder got on the ball he looked tidy, good footwork, good body movement/positioning knowledge. The former Northampton man strides well in transition and has a fantastic engine. Looks a attacking threat but just didn’t quite come for him in this game.
Kieran Sadlier: 8 – The winger looks like a Championship player, willing to cross with either foot, looks to takes players on and get the team up the pitch. Stopped Pipa on multiple occasions in defence. A very smart pass to Wiles for the goals, knows how to win a free-kick if in dangerous position. He looked a really nice player and one the Millers strikers will love once he gets fully up and running.
Freddie Ladapo: 7.5 – Was the best out of the 4 Rotherham strikers, he has a solid link-up game and is strong when receiving back to goal. The ex-Palace man had good feet and was willing to take players on and can create space for himself to shoot. He could be the main goal scoring threat out of the strikers on their books.
George Hirst: 6 – A promising showing from the loanee, looked to have nice crisp passing, pressed hard to cut off the passing lines. Needs to improve his control and strength on the ball during hold up, but overall a promising display for the young man.
Michael Smith: 6 – He came on for Hirst just 7 minutes in the second half, was a real handful for defenders. Wins his headers and competes for every ball. Showed strong control and hold-up play but got no real attacking opportunity.
Kyle Vassell & Jamie Linday: / – Both got minimum involvement when coming on, not much to comment on.