Rotherham United 1 Watford 4 - player ratings

Rotherham United had a tough night returning to Championship football on the back of a day's training to face Watford.

GOAL: Rotherham United striker Freddie Ladapo

Judging individual performances was difficult not knowing exactly who was suffering what but it was clearly a hard evening for the hosts, but they kept to their task right to the end, despite going 3-0 down inside 40 minutes.

Chief football writer Stuart Rayner gives his verdict on the Millers players.

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Jamal Blackman – at fault for the first goal, but outstanding afterwards 7

Michael Ihiekwe – very vocal at the back as the Millers tried to keep their big-name visitors at bay 6

Richard Wood – a heroic block at the start of the second half, down with cramp at the end of it 8

Angus MacDonald – headed wide from a Dan Barlaser free-kick at 1-0 6

Matt Olosunde – hit the goalkeeper with a shot late in the first half 6

Shaun MacDonald – did his best to contain a quality midfield 6

Ben Wiles – looked absolutely dead on his feet as he came off after 55 minutes 6

Dan Barlaser – some good set pieces which went unconverted 7

Matty Crooks – missed a great chance from a late header 6

Michael Smith – did well to win a penalty but was denied by a good save 7

Freddie Ladapo – scored an outstanding goal, his second in as many games 8.

Substitutes:

Wes Harding (for Wiles, 55) – did a good job at right wing-back 6

Kieran Sadlier (for S MacDonald, 73) – got a real earful from Richie Barker for his work-rate out of position in central midfield, and curled a free-kick over 5

Ryan Giles (for Olosunde, 73) – came on to help out on the left side of defence 6

George Hirst (for Ladapo, 79) – N/A

Florian Jozefzoon (for Smith, 79) – N/A.

Not used: Johansson, Gratton, Hull.

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