Player ratings from Rotherham United's derby fightback against Sheffield United

The Advertiser's Paul Davis assesses the performances in Saturday's 2-2 Championship draw against derby rivals Sheffield United at AESSEAL New York Stadium.
Star man Jon TaylorStar man Jon Taylor
Star man Jon Taylor

MILLERS

Formation: 4-4-1-1

MAREK RODAK: 6

Had very little to do. No fault attached to him for either goal

ZAK VYNER: 6

Better from the centre-half playing at right-back, although his crossing could have carried more threat.

SEMI AJAYI: 7

Played Will Vaulks into trouble to set the Blades on their way to their first goal but other than that he gave the visitors nothing and came close to scoring three times

CLARK ROBERTSON: 8

Has hardly put a foot wrong since coming into the side and this was probably his best display of the lot.

JOE MATTOCK: 7

Having a decent season. Solid in all aspects of his game.

RYAN WILLIAMS: 8

Never stopped running on the right flank and caused the Blades all manner of problems.

WILL VAULKS: 8

His industry and competitiveness helped win the midfield battle. Stunning clearance off the line when Rotherham were 1-0 down. A player you're glad to have on your team.

RYAN MANNING: 6

Good in patches but didn't have the overall effect of some of his teammates. Poor delivery from corners.

JON TAYLOR: 9

I can't remember a better performance from him in a Millers shirt. Pace, energy and always looking to go past his man. Kieron Freeman couldn't handle him and neither could any other Blade who went near him.

RICHIE TOWELL: 8

I've said it before, a wonderful mix of craft and graft. At the top of his game here. Whipped in some great balls.

MICHAEL SMITH: 7

Does he ever have a bad game? Had the beating of the Blades' backline in the air, showed his usual deft touch and mobility and did really well to set up the stoppage-time equaliser.

Subs: Joe Newell (for Manning, 62 minutes) 7, Kyle Vassell (for Vyner, 87), Jamie Proctor (for Williams, 87).

Subs not used: Lewis Price, Richard Wood, Ben Wiles, Matt Palmer.

BLADES

Formation: 3-5-2

Dean Henderson 9; Chris Basham 7, John Egan 7, Jack O'Connell 7; Kieron Freeman 5, John Fleck 5, Oli Norwood 5, Enda Stevens 5, Mark Duffy 7; David McGoldrick 5, Billy Sharp 5. Subs not used: Simon Moore, George Baldock, Paul Coutts, Marvin Johnson, Conor Washington.

Subs: Leon Clarke (for McGoldrick, 62) 5, Richard Stearman (for Duffy, 87), Marvin Johnson (for Sharp, 90).

Goals: Taylor 65, Proctor 90+2 (Rotherham); Duffy 8, Basham 85 (Sheffield United).

Attendance: 11,607 (2,601).

Referee: Peter Bankes (Merseyside).

PAUL WARNE'S VIEW

"I don't want to sound arrogant, but at 1-1 it looked like we would go on and win the game. We were good. I think their dressing room will be happy with a point. In the second half, we were really good. We took the game to them and deserved our equaliser. Both teams wanted to win it. To get the equaliser so late on made it feel like a win."

STATS

Possession: Millers 44 per cent, Blades 56

Attempts on goal: Millers 26, Blades 6

On target: Millers 8, Blades 4

Corners: Millers 6, Blades 5

Fouls: Millers 14, Blades 11

FINAL WORD

Great day, great resolve, great performance.