Match ratings v Mansfield... Including Stephen Hunt 7

By Paul Smith and Gary Moss
Last updated : 20 October 2007

Kevin Pilkington. Great save early doors set the tone for a decent showing on former stomping ground. Comfortable on the whole except for a slight late mix up with Brown ready to pounce. Not at fault for either goal, but must be wondering where his next clean sheet is coming from. 7

Gary Silk. Dependable and did well to protect his position with attacking

Tann... again atrocious
wingers Parkinson and then Weston in front of him. Great clearance off the line saved Notts and kept Nathan Arnold quiet most of the time until the end when he began to tire. 7

Adam Tann. Simply atrocious. Mistake-ridden and had to be saved by Hunt time and time again as Boulding and Brown ran riot. The sooner Mike Edwards returns on this showing the better. 3

Stephen Hunt. STAR MAN. Disappointing to see that it was he who cost Notts the second goal after a sterling first half display. Back to his best other than that and time and again saved the poor Tann. Two goal saving challenges in the first half but had he netted a free header just before the break the outcome would have been so different. Poor error led to goal but he was that good in the first half, and the rest of the side so indifferent that there is no doubting him as Man of the Match. 7

Austin McCann. Hamshaw along with Stags full-back Mullins got the better of McCann on far too many occasions, especially after the break. Gave the penalty away for the first goal and could have no complaints. What was he thinking? He cannot play down the left with Mayo it seems, one or the other. 6

Andy Parkinson. Back in the side and back in his preferred position but still he has no end product. Energetic and willing and he did get in some good positions but that is where the final quality was badly lacking. Missed two decent chances in a bright start that would have changed the game. Faded badly and has much to do to impress. 6

MacKenzie lost out to Dawson
Richard Butcher. Fairly quiet again and he can have no excuses. MacKenzie naturally sat deeper and he time and time again refused to use his more attacking role. However, his work rate was much higher and he was one of the players still putting it in during the final stages. 6

Neil MacKenzie. How frustrating is this guy? Showed his class with one bit of showboating when he beat four Mansfield players near the touchline but he sat so deep without Somner and couldn't influence the play in the final third where it mattered. Poor set-piece delivery overall too, and was dominated by Dawson. 6

Paul Mayo. Not his greatest game by a long shot. He is a left-back not a left midfielder. He tried to bomb forward but had no confidence in the final third. His tackling was firm but his passing poor. When Notts fell behind, his attacking limitations showed. 5

Lawrie Dudfield. Started impressively winning a lot of balls in the channels and creating a couple of chances but like Notts he dropped considerably. Fluffed one chance when Weir-Daley got in the way and as the game wore on he was nowhere to be seen. 5

Spencer Weir-Daley. Tried and tried but never got the service. Did his best to hold the ball up but that's not his game. With Dudfield intent on pulling

Weir-Daley struggled for service
wide, SWD became isolated up front, unable to win many of the long balls he was being dealt. Never had any clear cut chances so it is hard to judge his performance because he is all about finishing. 6

Subs

Myles Weston (for Parkinson, 60). Came on as a right winger but is clearly left footed and tried to go inside everytime to no effect. Looked poor on the ball and his first touch was badly lacking meaning he has a long way to go to show the potential many believe he has. 5

Hector Sam (for McCann, 82). Looked very bright upon arrival. Crafted two chances to hoist Notts back into the game but was unlucky. Sharp and creative, should start next week. 7

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