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PLAYER RATINGS: Millwall 2-2 Rochdale

January 29, 2018

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Photo: BBC Sport

 

After a disappointing performance and result yesterday in the 4th Round of the FA Cup, Lucas Ball looks at who played okay for the Lions, rather than well as such.

 

GK: David Martin- 7 (Lions Man of the Match)

 

Former MK Dons 'keeper Martin did everything asked of him, and couldn't do anything for either goal (particularly with the second being offside). He made some decent saves and held onto everything, with good distribution too for the most part, including some quick throws out to the likes of Jed Wallace to start counter attacks.

 

RB: Mahlon Romeo- 6

 

One of the better performances by a Millwall player, but nothing brilliant came from the young full back. His pace was a problem for Rochdale, driving forward from deep but poor decision making combined with an inability to cross well made the defence's jobs easier.

 

CB: Jason Shackell- 5

 

New signing Jason Shackell made his debut on Saturday, despite getting food poisoning on Friday. He said that it was "the worst he had ever felt on a football pitch", so no wonder he was often beaten in the air and outmuscled. Having said that, he looked like a player with the ability to do well at The Den initially.

 

CB: Jake Cooper- 5

 

He lost more aerial battles than usual, and a lot of the long balls forward were also less accurate. On top of that, he looked a bit shaky in terms of his positioning, with the move to right centre back certainly not aiding that.

 

LB: Tony Craig- 4

 

It sounds very much as though that will be Craig's final game for Millwall, which would make sense given there has been a number of League One clubs interested in this window. Whilst his commitment and desire cannot be questioned, he was twisted and turned more times than a Rubik's Cube yesterday. At both centre back and left back, he seemed afraid to step out and do what we expect.

 

RM: Jed Wallace- 5

 

Wallace was most certainly not his usual self yesterday. He seemed to roam just that bit too much, and his final pass was not at the standard we have come to expect. His pace did cause Rochdale issues, but his game certainly dropped.

 

CM: Ben Thompson- 6

 

Unnoticed until the goal. His involvement in the game was fairly minimal, but he did make a couple of good tackles. A great finish to equalise so late on, but there seemed to be less energy from 'Thommo' yesterday.

 

CM: Ryan Tunnicliffe- 4

 

I'm by no means Tunnicliffe's biggest hater, but he was awful yesterday. Terrible positioning, a continual wastage of the ball and mistimed tackles made this one of his worst performances so far in a Millwall shirt.

 

LM: Shane Ferguson- 5

 

For his first start back, this wasn't awful from Northern Irishman Ferguson. His crossing wasn't quite as good as usual, but that was not aided by the forwards constantly making the same runs. A winger with a bit of pace is still desperately needed. Could yesterday's move to left back be a sign of things to come?

 

ST: Tom Elliott- 6

 

Elliott won most of his headers from memory, and looked a goal threat. He probably should've got himself two goals, but did force two great saves from Lillis in the Rochdale goal. Had he had more support from Fred Onyedinma, he might have looked better. The target man continued to battle, and won the ball back a number of times too.

 

ST: Fred Onyedinma- 3

 

Yet again, Onyedinma looked off the pace. His decision making, positioning, heading, passing and hold up play was awful, and he simply has to do better. Yes, he did well to win the penalty but other than that he was ineffective, failing to even use his pace to any real advantage.

 

Substitutes:

 

Steve Morison- 7

 

Had he played for the whole match, the Lions would probably be into Round 5 already. It was, in truth, somewhat embarrassing that Millwall had to rely on the introduction of a 35 year old to change the game in their favour. He provided the cross for the equaliser, and everything good about Millwall came through him.

 

Shaun Williams and Lee Gregory both came on in the 85th minute, but neither had enough time to make an impact. Harris made his substitutions too late again. These two being introduced earlier on, or even George Saville instead, may have had a more positive impact. 

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