Match Ratings v Bristol Rovers

Kevin Pilkington. Had little to do, but his communication with defender Alan White was abysmal, as was his positioning at the front post for Rovers' opening goal. Inspired little confidence, and was ‘megged' for their second . 5

Dan Gleeson. Steady throughout, but his clumsy attempt at a tackle allowed Haldane to secure Rovers' win. Brought the ball out of defence well, and looks a good player. But will be disappointed with the goal. 6

White... Frustrated
Alan White.
Missed his headers on several occasions, and was one of many bodies in front of Haldane when he struck. Unable to prevent it however, White showed his frustration by consistently hurrying possession. 5

Stephen Hunt. Given a rare start, the youngster was immense. Powerful, pacey and composed, he won most of his headers and tackles. Also did well in the opposing box, though failed to head on target when well placed. 8

Austin McCann. If anyone can, Austin McCann… and nearly did get the equaliser with a wonderful run and shot that went just wide. Typical of his industry, the Scot was again on form. 7

David Pipe. Determined as ever, he hurriedly chased all causes, but wasn't involved enough to make a positive impact in the final third. More withdrawn than usual, with Haldane in charge on that wing. 6

Ian Ross. Performed above average, but still not making as big an impact as his ability suggests he should. Some good switching of the play, and set-piece deliveries, but he needs to do more in the final third. 7

Mike Edwards. Not as good in midfield as in defence, that's for sure. Did little wrong, but was never the man to make a positive impact. 6

Andy Parkinson. His best performance at Meadow Lane of the season. Whilst he remains short of his penetrative best, he was more willing than usual, set up Mendes' goal and posed some threat with some quality crosses. 7

Jason Lee. Had no support from the referee, and that meant his game went out of the window. Consistently penalised for fouls, he failed to hold the ball up as he can, and, as a result, he became a bystander. 5

Tcham N'Toya. Started well with some neat touches and decent hold up play, the striker soon faded. Making his first League start, he didn't have the opportunities to showcase his obvious goalscoring talents. 6


Junior Mendes (for N'Toya): Scored a good goal after finding space in the

Stephen Hunt
box and drilling home, he looked sharp up front before being moved onto the wing, where he never got involved again. A mistake from the management. 7

Dan Martin (for Ross): Had no time to make an impact.

Lawrie Dudfield (for Gleeson): Surprisingly didn't start after recent goalscoring form, he had no time to make an impact.

Drapes' Man of the Match: Stephen Hunt.