Match ratings v Histon... Including Andy Parkinson... 5

By Paul Smith
Last updated : 10 November 2007

Kevin Pilkington. Made one superb save with the score at 1-0 to deny Histon with their best chance. Had he not made it a replay would probably be on the cards. The experienced stopper dealt with everything that came his way and inspired confidence throughout. 7

Lee Canoville. Enjoyed a good tussle with several Histon players and was prepared to stand up to the physical threat. Wasn't beaten and came through the game with his recent better form still intact. Wasn't able to get forward as much as he'd have liked. 7

Pearce... Good debut
Paul Mayo.
Unlike Canoville, the former Lincoln City man did get forward, but didn't use the ball as good as he may have in promising positions. Defensively he used his experience to stay wary of Histon's threat and made some good blocks. 6

Krystian Pearce. More than a solid debut from the 17-year-old who defied his inexperience to come out as the star defender on show. Won every header and closed out the Histon threat with his strength and pace. Looks another welcome edition for Charlie McParland. 8

Adam Tann. In the absence of Mike Edwards, Jason Lee and Stephen Hunt, Tann was given his turn with the captain's armband and did his best to lead by example. Worked hard and put his body on the line for the cause. Remains a bit suspect positionally however and was caught out when Histon hit the bar. 6

Richard Butcher. In his third game on the right side of midfield he looked like the central midfielder he actually is for the first time. Seemed awkward and unused and wasted a chance you'd expect him to take when he put it into the side netting. That said, he showed his obvious class with two or three superb cross field passes. 6

Neil MacKenzie. His quietest game under McParland who has clearly earmarked the former Scunthorpe man as his chief playmaker. Histon

Silk... Anonymous
hustled him well but he still supplied the killer through ball for the decisive opener. Now gets a well-earned break with a hernia operation, missing next week's Macclesfield encounter. 6

Gary Silk. Was he playing? A rather poor showing from Silk who has delighted his new boss with back-to-back battling displays in the centre of midfield before today. However, he showed nothing of the sort today, failing to put himself about enough and looking a poor understudy to the more powerful Matt Somner. 4

Andy Parkinson. Frustrating display from the wide man. Showed his experience to get into numerous promising positions but should have taken at least one of his four clear chances - blazing two over and hitting the goalkeeper twice more. Completely wasteful in front of goal, and in possession in the first half. Better after the break but still his finishing lacked. 5

Lawrie Dudfield. STAR MAN. Never thought this would be the case at half-time with Dudfield a sure candidate to be hauled off as Notts performed poorly. He was sloppy in possession and lacked a cutting edge. However, he sprung into life after the break and scored twice and created the other to make his contribution bigger than anyone else's and to wipe out the first 45 minutes. Took both his goals well and brilliantly weaved his way through for Hector Sam's goal. 8

Dudfield... Star man
Craig Lindfield. The liveliest attacker on show in the first half and seemed to be enjoying himself in his first Meadow Lane appearance with some neat touches and good hold up play. Only had one chance at goal which he took well but was denied by a block. Subbed early in the second half, rather harshly. 7

Subs

Hector Sam (for Lindfield, 55). Easily his best showing in black and white. Everytime he touched the ball he created danger, and as a result thoroughly deserved his goal - despite the mis-hit. Plenty of tricks and powerful play. 8

Matt Somner (for MacKenzie, 71). Another who impressed from the break, keeping things simple and tidying up plenty of loose balls in the midfield. Also hit one thunderous effort on target. 7

Spencer Weir-Daley (for Dudfield, 89). No time to impact but good to see him back.

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