Match Ratings vs. Barnet

By Rob Davies
Last updated : 03 January 2006
Despite being under pressure for long periods in the second half, the Magpies held-on for their second successive home league win.

It wasn't always vintage stuff but, as manager Gudjon Thordarson stated in his post-match interview, it was getting the three points that counts.

Another goal from a set-piece could be viewed as a positive, but the fact that none of the club's strikers have scored in the past month, should not. We eagerly await the news of the new frontmen.

(6 Average)

Kevin Pilkington - 7, Never wavered as his penalty area was bombarded with crosses in the later stages. Such a reliable figure, he commands authority and was well-deserving of his clean sheet.

Brian O'Callaghan - 7, On the right of the back three, this was one of O'Callaghan's best performances to date. Tremendous in the air, strong in the tackle and even a threat on attacking set-pieces. Improving.

Julien Baudet - 7, Marshalled the back three strongly throughout. Getting back to his best after an alarming dip in form.

Dan Martin - 8, Took his goal well, but it was the overall performance of teenage Martin that meant he fully-justified scooping the Sponsors' man of the match award. Good in possession and tough in the tackle. Should keep his place.

Chris Palmer - 7, A big improvement on his early-season showings. One 40-yard pass through to Sheridan showed his undoubted quality, but he was lucky to escape with a handball in the second half.

David Pipe - 8, Star man. Pipe's sheer energy was a huge factor in the win. Phenomenal work-rate, he was a key man both going forward and in defence. Simply must be kept in the centre.

Mike Edwards - 6, Steady Eddy did what he does well. Protected the back three and kept it nice and simple.

Lewis McMahon - 6, Superb on set-pieces, but was often unable to stamp his influence on open play.

Liam Needham - 6, Neat and tidy in possession, though struggled late-on defensively. Continues to adapt to league football.

Jake Sheridan - 7, Along with Pipe, his pace was always a threat to the visitors defence. Skillful in possession, he ran himself into the ground before being replaced by Scoffham with 15 minutes remaining. Deserves a sustained run in attack.

Andy White - 4, It may seem unfair to single any player out after a victory, but White endured a woeful second half that was summed-up by a comical miss from Scoffham's cross. Badly short of confidence.

Subs

Steve Scoffham (Sheridan, 76) - 7, Added good work-rate in attack after emerging from the bench. Produced a peach of a cross to set-up White's chance.

Not Used: Marshall, Friars, Long, DeBolla.

For a look ahead to Notts' possible activity in the transfer window, be sure to check back to NCM later today.