Match ratings v Brentford... Including Ali Gibb... 7

By Paul Smith
Last updated : 30 January 2008
Average - 6

Kevin Pilkington. Must be in the form of his Notts career - or perhaps his career full stop. He has now conceded just once in Notts' last three games, a run that has coincided with Notts remaining undefeated. Made numerous stops - mainly from long range. Got down well to several efforts and didn't look troubled by a lot of pressure. 8

Lee Canoville.
Restored after suspension, Canoville didn't let anyone down and continued his form from the Chester game. Worked hard, covered the
Edwards... Back to his best already
defence well and fully played his part in the clean sheet. Got forward well, but gave the ball away on too many occassions. Showing something like what was expected pre-season now. 7

Mike Edwards.
STAR MAN. It didn't take long for 'steady Eddie' to pick up this mantle on his return to the side. An imperious performance from the reigning player of the season who doesn't look like he has been away. Won absolutely everything that came his way and wasn't ruffled at all. Composed and determined, Edwards cleared two goalbound efforts off the line and nearly popped up with a stoppage-time winner but his header was off target. A crucial player who proved his worth with a tireless performance, and Notts will always look like getting clean sheets with him in this form. And to be doing it already after returning is quite something. 9

Adam Tann.
Moved back inside, Tann looked comfortable alongside Edwards, and they forged a strong partnership which restricted Brentford to long range efforts. Helped withstand a barrage of attacks in the second half, and put his body on the line for the cause. 7

Stephen Hunt.
Shifted back to left back, Hunt played his part in the clean sheet. He did have to mark the Bees' most impressive player in Ricky Shakes and stuck to the task well despite some nervy moments. Why he took the short free-kick inside the box anyone knows, and he lacked composure in the oppositions box at times. 6

Gibb... Impressed
Ali Gibb.
Came closest to winning the game for Notts with a great effort from the edge of the box that produced the best save of the game frm Ben Hamer. Gibb worked hard for 90 minutes and impressed with his delivery and ability to pass the ball. Had another go at goal soon after, but didn't come as close. Tired in the second half. 7

Gary Silk.
Improved performance but still does little in possession of the ball. Silk played box-to-box and made one crucial save at the back. He is brave and willing, but needs to work badly on his ball play and he was guilty of giving it away. That said, he was better and deserves praise for his grit. 6

Gavin Strachan.
Impressive. He keeps the ball very well. He doesn't look like a player who will win the game, but he is a player who holds things together and starts the moves that lead to chances. Looks a shrewd investment by Ian McParland so far. 7

Felix Bastians.
Looked very sharp in the first half before fading as Notts came under more pressure in the second. His set-piece delivery wasn't the best however, and that is something that lets him down. A couple of good flicks and good breaks that see him as a good outlet for Notts. 7

Richard Butcher. Another good showing from Notts' chief threat who tried an audacious lob in the second minute from way out illustrating his confidence. Revelled in the role behind the frontman, and found a lot of space. Played one delightful ball late on and picked out a Notts shirt well.
McCann... Added something late on
Very dangerous, but unfortunately no clear cut chances. 7

Jason Lee.
Clearly withdrawn because he was tired, Lee worked extremely hard and covered a lot of ground for the team. Again however he did not look at all like scoring, and the need for a striker is even more obvious. Put himself about well. 6


Lawrie Dudfield (for Lee, 72).
Same as Lee, worked hard but no chances. 6

Austin McCann (for Bastians, 79).
Got down the left well and had a couple of decent breaks. 6

Jay Smith (for Silk, 82).
Continued his comeback and looked determined. 6

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