Match ratings v Hereford... Including Stephen Hunt... 7

Last updated : 01 January 2008 By Paul Smith
Kevin Pilkington. Will be delighted with the clean sheet which is only his fourth of the season and first for ten games. He will be extra pleased that he had a much quieter afternoon than against both Rotherham and MK Dons. Indeed he had very little to do in the way of saves. Employed to produce one great stop towards the end, getting in the way of a goalbound effort from six yards out. 7

Lee Canoville.
Has much to do to win over the Notts faithful, but this showing will start to help. The former Boston man was steady if not
Pearce... STAR MAN
spectacular, and put a good day's work in. Was on hand to clear the danger when required and wasn't overun by a talented Bulls attack. 6

Krystian Pearce.
STAR MAN. Back to his best after a couple of uncharacteristically mistake-laden games. Pearce was supremely composed and dealt with talented striker Theo Robinson with ease. He won several headers and mopped up every loose ball. Winning that duel was a huge factor in the clean sheet. Solid as a rock, and he will be sorely missed once his loan expires by this showing. His pace is an essential factor of the backline. 8

Adam Tann.
Shielded Pilkington in a determined manner and worked very hard to keep the Bulls at bay. Put in a number of tackles, winning his fair share. Slipped up on a couple of occassions with Pearce helping him out, but overall a good display doing what a captain should do. 7

Stephen Hunt.
Stood up to his task against the tricky Simon Johnson well. Wasn't beaten easily and helped out inside too. Defended impressively from set-pieces in particular. Should have scored from a Notts corner but headed off target from six yards out which will have disappointed him. 7

Parkinson... Drastic improvement
Austin McCann.
Got forward impressively and could have done better with two headers inside the United box. Worked hard down the wing and got back to help Hunt well. An economic performance. 6

Andy Parkinson.
Much better from a player who is fast losing support on the terraces. He took the game to United several times and looked like getting the better of the full back. The Liverpudlian put in a couple of telling crosses and has to maintain this showing. 7

Richard Butcher.
Another box-to-box effort from Notts' most in-form player. Butcher should have added to his already impressive eight goal tally right at the start of either half. He produced a stunning save just after the break. Worked very hard and is looking a talented player for Notts. Neat and tidy. 7

Neil MacKenzie.
Didn't have the impact he would have liked but worked hard all the same. Perhaps too many sidewards balls and he should have took the game to Hereford a little bit more. Good to see him start and he will improve because of it. 6

Hector Sam.
Had two oppurtunities but failed to bring a save from the
Dudfield... Typically good link-up play
goalkeeper. That said, Sam held the ball up well and was always available for a pass. 6

Lawrie Dudfield.
Another good performance from the striker. Again didn't score, forcing a good stop from one turn and shot, but is ability to bring others into play was top drawer, and he always looks like creating an opening. If only he had someone next to him who could finish - or he had that little extra luck to start his own run of goals. 8


Gary Silk (for Sam, 80).
Brought into the midfield to help close the game out. n/a

Paul Mayo (for McCann, 87). First appearance since the Havant loss. n/a