Half Season Ratings Part 2

Last updated : 04 January 2007 By Paul Smith

12. Gary Silk. Inconsistent is the best word for the youngster. Lost his place to Dan Gleeson early in the season, but has fought hard to win it back. Doesn't make too many mistakes, but needs to add more grit and know how, which will come with experience. 5

Frost... Forgotten man
14. Stef Frost.
Many anticipated the youngster would play a big part this season, after impressing late on in the last campaign. However, he hasn't featured once in the first team this time around, more incredibly since the wide areas have not been fruitful enough for the Magpies. No Rating.

15. Tcham N'Toya. Whatever happens during his time here, N'Toya's goal, his only so far for Notts, that won the clash at Premiership Middlesbrough, will forever be remembered. Many of his performances will not of course, and he has just one league start to his name. Flattering to deceive has become his forte. 5

16. Jake Sheridan. Another young winger who doesn't appear to figure in Thompson's plans. The former Dunkirk man was one of the brightest players under Gudjon Thordarson, particularly when he starred as a striker towards the end of the campaign. He is yet to start a league game, and was subbed as a sub during one appearance, much to his annoyance. 5

17. Tommy Hannigan. No appearances, even on the substitutes bench. He was released on January 3rd 2007. No rating.

18. Stephen Hunt. Thordarson's last signing as Notts boss, Hunt was nearly shipped straight out by Thompson. However, having been given a chance, Hunt hasn't looked back, earning rave reviews when filling in for regular centre-backs Edwards and White. Has since made a place his own, with fans calling for his inclusion, he has been powerful, pacey and far from overawed. 8

19. Bobby Wilson. Yet to feature. No rating.

20. Junior Mendes. Just four goals to his name, 31 appearances is a poor return for a striker billed as Notts' most potent shooter. His pace, willingness and trickery endeared him to the fans at the start, but he soon lost his form,

Mendes... Poor goalscoring ratio
with his finishing ability particularly poor. With Notts struggling for goals, Mendes has been a chief culprit, though he has provided moments of joy with his unique ability. 6

21. Tom Curtis. Just two starts, both in the Cup, and only two further appearances, as a substitute, Curtis has been unlucky so far. Desperate to feature for his boyhood club, Curtis has been allowed to go on loan. No rating.

22. Dan Gleeson. The young defender has impressed many with his pace, directness and strength. He quickly made the right-back slot his own, aiding the back four to some important clean sheets. An injury at the turn of November saw Gleeson lose his place, and despite a brief return, his form dipped and he hasn't featured in the squad for a number of weeks. 7

23. Saul Deeney. The returning goalkeeper has played second fiddle to Pilkington for most of the campaign. He sparkled in the Carling Cup run, though his mistake against Wycombe cost Notts a Quarter Final birth. Has started just three league games, failing to take his chance with two costly mistakes. 6

24. Ian Ross. Immense in pre-season, Ross was dubbed the next Mark Draper who would play make his way into Notts hearts. However, the Sheffield United loanee has been inconsistent. For all his assists, mainly from set-pieces, Ross has scored just one goal and looked lightweight in midfield. A good passer, if he prolongs his loan he must sharpen up and step his game to levels we know he has. 6

Ross... The next Drapes?
25. Steve Akers.
Made his debut as a late substitute in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy defeat at home to Barnet. The diminutive striker showed he has potential, though he may have to wait for another chance. No rating.

26. Daryl McMahon. Arrived on loan from Leyton Orient in November, the attacking midfielder has been unimpressive. Said to be a bright player with lots of flair, McMahon has showed little, and is unlikely to be kept on. 3

27. Jay Smith. Joined at the same time as McMahon, but from Southend. Smith has impressed with his passing and box to box running. If he sees more of the ball he has the potential to dominate games, and would be a valuable long term addition. 7