One player who had a pretty torrid afternoon at the New York Stadium on Saturday afternoon was striker Mileta Rajovic.

He found the home side’s skipper, Sean Morrison, very difficult to get the better of, and the stats showed the Dane won only three of 13 aerial duels and managed only 10 successful passes from 23 attempts.

Rajovic didn't win either of his ground duels, and lost possession 22 times during the game.

“Listen, he is a young kid and he is still learning the process. He is still learning about English football,” said head coach Valerien Ismael.

“He is learning about the type of defender you will face.

“It was a lesson for him today, and it was a tough game for him.

“Every time you play you need to learn to be stronger and be better.”

After a pretty limp and disinterested substitute appearance at Norwich which drew criticism from the Watford boss, Emannuel Dennis showed a markedly improved attitude during his five-minute cameo at Rotherham.

“Yeah, it was better,” said Ismael.

“This is what I expected, it’s what our fans expected, it’s what the club expected and it’s what the team expected – from all the players."

Mindset and attitude have been things that Ismael has stressed the significance of all season long.

“You have to be committed to help the team to win or to change the game," he said.

“This is what we need to see.

“We know that things cannot work out every time, but we needed to get that feeling that he gives his best.

“One thing about Rajovic today is that he gave his best, he gave everything. If you ask him now, he wants to sleep.

“That is what we need to feel with our players, they give everything on the pitch.

“That is the right attitude to have.”