Match Ratings vs. Northampton Town

Last updated : 25 January 2006 By Rob Davies
Against a very strong visiting outfit, the Magpies continued to underline the progress they have made in the past month.

Workmanlike all over the pitch, Notts are now complimenting their effort with a decent smattering of good football that was missing all-too often in the early-season months.

With Gudjon Thordarson continuing his quest for fresh faces, the Magpies are surely now consistently playing their best football of the season.

While a fifth home win may have evaded Thordarson's team, the performance will have sent many home supporters home happy - with fans now believing that a playoff push is well within reach.

(6 Average)

Kevin Pilkington - 6, Failed to claim one or two crosses that should have been his but was faultless with both of the goals he conceded.

Kelvin Wilson - 7, Now back in his best position, Wilson was assured at the back but blotted his copybook when he was badly caught out of position for Jess' excellent leveller.

Julien Baudet - 8, Getting back to his best with a thoroughly commanding display at the heart of the back three. Barely gave Jason Lee a sniff.

Dan Martin - 8, The youngster continues to improve with every game which he plays. Produced a handful of outstanding blocks and stood-up to the physical challenge well throughout.

Chris Palmer - 8, Scuffed cross unfortunately led to Northampton equaliser, which was a great shame for Palmer, who otherwise produced his best display of the season. Strong in the tackle, his long-passing and set-piece deliveries' are a joy to behold and becoming a key element of this new-look team.

David Pipe - 8, Yet another strong display from the man who has now firmly established himself as the club's best player. Is addressing the weakest part of his game with two goals in two games, while his all-round play was never anything less than excellent.

Lee Crooks - 8, The 'Beast' is really just a big softie...not that we'd say it to his face. Composed in possession, his timing is so great that there hasn't yet been any need for him to prove just how strong he can be in the tackle. Great to get off the mark in just his third game for the club.

Mike Edwards - 5, Edwards is an excellent defender, a steady holding midfielder player but, when asked to play in a more advanced role, looks like a fish out of water. Was the weakest player, but through no fault of his own.

Liam Needham - 8, Star man. The youngster is now looking a real find as he continues to establish himself into the starting Xl. Originally brought in to cover injuries, the talented midfielder is now keeping the club captain on the sidelines through the consistency of his top-draw displays.

Mark DeBolla - 7, Ran himself into the ground in attack. Is already establishing an understanding with Dadi.

Eugene Dadi - 6, Clearly recognised by the opposition as the danger-man, Dadi was often unable to get involved on the encounter, though he once again displayed an immense first touch.


Jake Sheridan (DeBolla, 67) - 5, Was unable to adapt to the pace of the game in such bitterly cold conditions and picked-up his fifth booking of the season that will keep him out of Saturday's trip to Chester.

Not Used: Marshall, O'Callaghan, Ullathorne, Scoffham.