Match ratings v Chester City... Including Jason Lee... 8

Last updated : 21 January 2008 By Paul Smith and Gary Moss

Kevin Pilkington. Made a truly world class stop from a goal bound free-kick. How he managed to turn it over the bar when it was already on the line beggars belief. Another top display from Pilkington, who seems to get better with age. Kept quiet but when called into action he did his job. 8

Lee Canoville. Best game for the club so far. Kept his nerve, worked hard

Tann... First goal since this loan spell topped showing
and dug in when needed. Chester's wingers kept switching sides but it didn't faze Canoville who impressed many by sticking to his task manfully. Tried to get forward well too. 7

Adam Tann. STAR MAN Recovered from an early booking to put in a good display full of grit and determination. Led from the back by example and came up with the winning goal to boot. Couple of shaky moments, but whenever he lost concentration he managed to recover well. His partnership with Hunt looks a world beater at times, and getting that consistency is vital for the pair. It was obvious how much the goal and win meant to him, something which is further reflected in the awarding of the star man accolade which could have gone to some other candidates. 8

Stephen Hunt. Could have scored twice from corners in the first half. Enjoyed a good tussle with Kevin Ellison, and again cleared everything that came his way. Has excelled since Ian McParland came in and didn't put a foot wrong again. His distribution could still be improved. 7

Austin McCann. His best game of the season so far shows he is ready to permanently reclaim the left back slot in the absence of Paul Mayo. McCann worked as hard as ever and dealt with the dangerous Richie Partridge comfortably. Good delivery from forward positions. Showed left-back is his best position. 8

Richard Butcher. Asked to perform in an unusual wide role, Butcher gave his all and showed no signs of being out of position. His delivery from corners

Strachan... Neat and tidy
was exceptional and always caused trouble. Was involved in the build-up to the goal and also played a superb ball for Dudfield to go one-on-one. Not as involved as usual and caught in possession a couple of times. 7

Gavin Strachan. Neat and tidy performance from a player who looks like he could be a strong addition to the ranks. Didn't push forward too much, preferring to sit in and distribute to wide areas. Worked hard and it is obvious he is an intelligent player. Grew as the game went on, and as his confidence came he got more involved. 7

Gary Silk. Can't fault his work rate and he made a couple of good tackles. However, his positional sense in the midfield was poor and his passes went astray too often. Another who got better as the game went on, but he doesn't look a long term solution in the centre. 6

Felix Bastians. Biggest threat in the first half, but he lacked an end product. That was because he was either fouled or his delivery was blocked. Looked dangerous whenever he had the ball but McParland was right to take him off at a time when he was tiring. His standing ovation illustrated his commitment. 7

Jason Lee. Good return from the experienced striker. Hasn't had a great season, and has also been unlucky with injuries and suspensions, but came up with arguably his best showing of the season yesterday. Won his headers, held the ball up well and flicked on to Tann for the winner. Much better. 8

Lawrie Dudfield. Could have had a hat-trick. The creative striker hit the

Smith... Great to see him back
bar, had one scrambled off the line and hit wide with his best chance when one-on-one. The frustrating thing is he gets himself into good positions with his ability. Yesterday he was unlucky. 6


Myles Weston (for Bastians) Added a bit of energy on the left and saw plenty of the ball. 6

Spencer Weir-Daley (for Dudfield) Little time. N/a

Jay Smith (for Strachan) Great to see him back and looked delighted to be back in the squad. N/a