Full player ratings and all the stats from Rotherham United's Championship loss at Sunderland

The Advertiser's Paul Davis gives his marks.
Jordan Hugill didn't have his most effective afternoon. Picture: Jim BrailsfordJordan Hugill didn't have his most effective afternoon. Picture: Jim Brailsford
Jordan Hugill didn't have his most effective afternoon. Picture: Jim Brailsford

SUNDERLAND 2 ROTHERHAM UNITED 1

The Millers (4-3-3)

Viktor Johansson: 6

Quick reflexes saw him come close to pulling off a great save but scorer Jobe Bellingham was just too close in for the keeper to get enough on the teenager's header.

Dexter Lembikisa: 7

Improving with each performance. The youngster has rough edges but acquitted himself well against an opponent as good as anything in the Championship in Jack Clarke. Clarke was still good, but not as good as he might have been.

Cameron Humphreys: 6

Docked a mark for his part in Sunderland's winner. Not much wrong with the rest of his display.

Tyler Blackett: 6

Decent in possession. Not his best afternoon, not his worst.

Cohen Bramall: 6

Also loses a mark, for being absent without leave for the Black Cats equaliser. One of the Millers' better performers.

Cafu: 5

The first time the playmaker has been under par. His set-piece deliveries were threatening but around the pitch he didn't have his usual impact.

Christ Tiehi: 7

Encouraging signs on his debut. Combative, smooth across the turf and rarely wasted the ball. He'll improve the Millers.

Hakeem Odoffin: 7

Playing well and had come up with one of his trademark thumping finishes before injury ended his contribution far too soon.

Ollie Rathbone: 5

Fizzed and flitted early on and got an assist for the goal but not the influence he can be in the second half when his distribution was uncharacteristically awry. Wide right is not his natural role.

Jordan Hugill: 5

Not easy playing up front without a partner. Won a few headers, messed up a key one. Rotherham need more from him.

Andre Green: 6

Debutant number two. There's some quality there. It didn't always show but there were a few good moments. More to come as he gets fitter. Has good pace and a good touch, which aren't bad things for any player to possess.

The subs

Ciaran McGuckin (for Odoffin 29): 6

The teenager got 'old-manned' a few times but more than held his own on other occasions. Pretty athletic. Has a future. On a big learning curve that will do him no harm at all.

Tom Eaves (for Hugill 67): 5

Finally back from injury. Looked pretty similar to last season. Tough time to come on with Sunderland doing nearly all of the attacking.

Josh Kayode (for Green 67): 5

Rotherham were on the back foot and he didn't have opportunities to make an impact.

Tolaji Bola 76 (for Tiehi 76): NA

A sign of the lack of options that a player boss Matt Taylor wants to go out on loan was pressed into service.

Not used: Dillon Phillips, Sean Morrison, Jamie McCart, Josh Ayres.

Sunderland (4-2-3-1): Anthony Patterson 6; Trai Hume 7, Daniel Ballard 7, Luke O'Nien 7, Dennis Cirkin 7; Dan Neil 7, Pierre Ekwah 7; Patick Roberts 7 (Alex Pritchard 77), Jobe Bellingham 8 (Luis Hemir 85), Jack Clarke 7; Bradley Dack 6 (Lynden Gooch 85). Subs not used: Nathan Bishop, Niall Huggins, Danny Batth, Abdoullah Ba, Jewison Bennette, NexariosTriantis

Goals: Odoffin 20 (Rotherham); Bellingham 22, 52 (Sunderland).

Attendance: 40,688 (814).

Referee: Gavin Ward (Surrey).

Opposition view

"It was important we won. It was a banana-skin game. On paper, Rotherham, with respect to them, are going to have a tough season. They fight, they're big, they're strong, they get the ball forward early, they ask questions of you.

"To be a goal down was a big mountain for us to climb. We managed to get it done so we're happy enough. We could have scored more. We got in behind and created chances.

"Jobe is disappointed he didn't score four but he's there in the six-yard box, he's playing the role we've asked him to play. He showed good flexibility. He got his goals and helped the team win."

- Sunderland boss Tony Mowbray

The stats

Possession: Sunderland 68 per cent, Millers 32

Goal attempts: Sunderland 11, Millers 4

On target: Sunderland 4, Millers 1

Corners: Sunderland 5, Millers 0

Fouls: Sunderland 11, Millers 10

Final word

Hard day. Hard division. Rotherham can't afford all the injuries.

 

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