Match Ratings v Wrexham

By Paul Smith
Last updated : 20 November 2006

Kevin Pilkington. Made one excellent save, showing good agility to dive very low to his left soon after Wrexham had pulled their goal back. However, his kicking was again a question mark, and one of them resulted in Wrexham counter-attacking and scoring. 7

Pilkington...One magnificent save
Dan Gleeson. Had his work cut out all afternoon against the Welshman's lively left winger. He came out second best in this tussle, and was easily bypassed as Wrexham scored. Made two or three good interceptions. 5

Alan White. Still looks shaky, and his lack of communication with Pilkington was again exposed. It is easy to see he is short of confidence, and he must return to his early season form soon. It is hard to keep criticising him, but he just didn't perform well. 4

Mike Edwards. Notts' best defender once again, but even he wasn't at his confident best. Missed a few headers, but was usually on hand to snuffle out the Wrexham threat. 6

Austin McCann. Still below his early form, the Scottish full-back had some trouble at times with the intelligent Mark Jones. Grew in stature though, and did enough to ensue he won his battle. 6

David Pipe. Magnificent. Without him Notts wouldn't have won today. Brilliantly chased, passed, dribbled, tackled, headed, crossed and tracked back, Pipe also claimed an assist. As Notts hung on, he produced at least two chance saving challenges. 9

Ian Ross. The game passed him by all afternoon. With a lack of set-pieces to illustrate his obvious potential, and Pilkington's insistence on the direct approach, Ross was never much involved, and it was no surprise to see him substituted. 5

Matt Somner. Battled as hard as ever, and he showed some good signs that he is returning to his best shape after a slight dip in form. Mixed it up well in midfield, and also showed a couple of neat touches in possession. 7

Andy Parkinson. Easily his best performance since his return to Meadow Lane. ‘Parky' is steadily getting into form, and today he was at his direct, willing best, capped by an excellent finish. Gave the opposition defence a torrid time. 8

Jason Lee. With ITV filming a feature on the experience target man, the spotlight was certainly on him, and once again he didn't disappoint. Despite having the referee against him all game, Lee fought well, and finished delightfully to make sure of three points. 7

Junior Mendes. Lively, sharp and with a good heart, Mendes caused a lot of problems for Wrexham's defenders. Laid on Notts' opener with good intelligence, all that was missing was a much needed goal. 7

Substitutes.

Daryl McMahon (for Gleeson, 70) One exquisite control on the right hand side highlighted that he could be a useful signing. However he didn't have enough of the ball to show what he can do just yet. 6

Pipe...Man of the Match

Jay Smith (for Ross, 80) Made one thoroughly good through ball for Dudfield, but Smith looked short of fitness as he persistently infringed the visitors. An important week's training is required. 5

Lawrie Dudfield (for Mendes, 85) Unlucky not to be starting after another goalscoring contribution from the bench, Dudfield immediately sprung into action with an excellent run down the left. However should have passed to the unmarked McMahon to give him a clear chance. 6

Drapes' Man of the Match: David Pipe

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