Match ratings v Hereford... Including Andy Parkinson 3

By Paul Smith
Last updated : 03 October 2007
Kevin Pilkington. To be fair he has started the season fairly well but last night was his worst showing so far. It was hard to say he was at fault for the goals - the first a cracker and the latter two he was left isolated - but his positioning seemed awkward all night and he certainly didn't organise the defence. A concern. 5
Canoville will know his position is under threat


Lee Canoville. Clearly better going forward than he is defending. He is apparently a defender who will not be easily done by pace, I have yet to see him stop somebody using his pace. Position under threat. 5

Adam Tann. It is unusual to say how well a centre-back pairing performed when three goals were conceded. However Tann was brilliant, making several superb last ditch tackles. Must work on his positiong as the goals all came from bad defensive shape. 8

Stephen Hunt. As with Tann Hunt performed well making some good challenges, but still Notts did concede three goals. 7

Paul Mayo. Has started his Notts career promisingly but last night was one he will want to forget. As predicted in NCM's preview his battle with Lionel Ainsworth was key and the Hereford man easily won it, skinning Mayo time and again. 5

Richard Butcher. Is really starting to impose himself on games now. Was poor early season apart from last ditch goal heroics but now he is looking a good player. Switched the ball well and was unlucky not to score with first half header cleared from the line. 7

Matt Somner. Certainly didn't protect his back line as Hereford sauntered through the middle with ease. Plenty of endeavour but not enough of doing his job properly. Too many sideways balls too but made up for it with several good tackles. 6

Neil MacKenzie. Looked a class act all night. Drove Notts on well, especially in the second half and was unlucky to be on the losing side. However his
Dudfield applauds the fans after defeat
free-kicks were poor and he didn't do enough in the very last third. Great corners on the other hand caused plenty of problems. 7

Lawrie Dudfield. STAR MAN His best game of the season so far without doubt, and deservedly lasted ninety minutes for once. Ran himself into the ground and had the beating of the full-back every time. If he could do more of his tricks inside the box Notts will get even more chances than the ones he consistently created with good crosses. Always a threat, Dudfield must start again, but desperately needs to be a bit more central to give himself a chance of netting a goal his performance deserved. 8

Jason Lee. Looks a pale shadow of the man who netted sixteen goals last term and hammered opponents. Didn't win many headers and was never on the end of some good balls into the box. Notts were much better when he went off. 5

Andy Parkinson. Did he keep possession at all. He works hard, no getting away from that, but where was the quality? The Hereford defence probably had their easiest ninety minutes of the season marking Parkinson and Lee and they both need a considerable kick up the backside. 3

Sam runs back to the halfway line after his goal
Subs

Spencer Weir-Daley (for Lee, 54). Looked lively and won a couple of free-kicks with his determination and ability to run at defenders with pace. No finishing efforts on goal however. 6

Gary Silk (for Canoville, 57). NCM have been clamouring for his inclusion from the start and he lived up to his billing with a great show from the bench. Got down the right superbly, threatening, scoring and getting back to defend still. Must start at Wycombe. 8

Hector Sam (for Parkinson, 61). Best Notts showing yet and although that doesn't say much he did perform well. Good finish should give him more confidence and he threw his weight about well. 7

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