Match Ratings vs. Bristol City

A win against a team in the division above is an acheivement by any criteria, but the manner of the victory should have given the Magpies' supporters belief that the results of September/early-October were that of a team who had lost it's form, rather than one who were 'destined for the Conference', as some of the more pessimistic fans proclaimed.

It's now been four decent displays on the trot, with each an improvement on its last. And, yesterday, the team looked like the side that shot to the top of the table in August...and then some.

Strong discipline, good organisation and the willingness to shoot. Yesterday's performance was pleasurable on the eye, but it was the sheer teamwork that was the key factor in the win.

It is that said teamwork that means that picking on the players individually is a harder task than usual.

(6 Average)

Kevin Pilkington - 6, One blip that could have proved costly came in the first period, but a series of competent saves from long-range efforts and one smart late stop from Steven Gillespie meant that this will be remembered as a decent afternoon's work for the former Man Utd trainee.

Adam Tann - 7, Few in the past decade will have had a more eventful Notts County debut. A booking was the only blemish on an afternoon that saw him stop one certain goal at one end and cooly net at the other.

Julien Baudet - 8, Star man. Yes, the goal was something else, but Jules' all-round performance also deserves credit. In competition with two strikers of similar stature, Baudet - ably assisted by his two defensive colleagues - coped with the threat with relative ease.

Mike Edwards - 8, Rock solid in defence, Edwards is often over-looked when the praise is dished out, but his performance on the left of the back 3 yesterday was nothing short of excellent. Proving to be one of the key players after missing so much of the last campaign through injury.

David Pipe - 7, Tireless as ever in probably his best position, Pipe was an influential figure throughout the encounter.

Stacy Long - 8, Notts' best attacking player, Long was desperately unlucky not to get on the scoresheet after coming close with a host of opportunistic efforts. A lively figure who has benefited from the switch to a 3-5-2 formation.

Matty Gill - 6, Tidied things up well in midfield, especially in the first half.

Lewis McMahon - 7, Provided a strong creative influence up until the interval, where he was substituted after being the victim of a strong challenge. Appeared during the second half on crutches, Notts fans will be hoping it was simply a precaution.

Rob Ullathorne - 6, Solid as ever on the left flank. His fitness levels would put players ten years his junior to shame.

Steve Scoffham - 6, Had little service before picking up a nasty-looking facial injury in just the ninth minute that meant he had to be substituted.

Glynn Hurst - 6, Closely-watched by the home defence who were clearly well-aware of Hurst's heroics at Bury last weekend. Was rarely involved, but did manage to find the net once, only to be denied, correctly, by the linesman's flag.


Andy White (Scoffham, 9) - 7, Handed his chance, and worked tirelessly in attack. Was denied only by a goal-line clearence and his sheer presence was enough to cause the City defence problems throughout.

Brian O'Callaghan (McMahon, 46) - 6, Steady showing in midfield.

Not Used: Marshall, Sheriden, Palmer.