Match Ratings vs. Shrewsbury Town

Last updated : 22 January 2006 By Rob Davies
An open game that saw Notts run out victors, this game was unlike any other played at Meadow Lane this season.

Both teams were determined to put on a show - that the referee was determined to spoil - and it made for a decent advertisement of lower league football.

Four home wins in a row? Things are getting better.

(6 Average)

Kevin Pilkington - 5, All good players are entitled to an off-day, so we won't harp on too much about Pilkington's. The goalkeeper has barely put a foot wrong since signing in the summer, but the usually-reliable keeper was extremely shaky, even if he did manage to produce an excellent first-half save.

Kelvin Wilson - 7, Back in defence after his brief stint up-front, the 20-year-old produced a solid display that was capped by his first goal of the season.

Julien Baudet - 7, Looks more assured in a back three and marshalled the two youngsters alongside him throughout. Produced the miss of the game when he fired over when just six-yards out.

Dan Martin - 7, Gets better with every game. The defender was chosen ahead of on-form Brian O'Callaghan and repaid his manager's faith with a number of timely interceptions that aided his team tremendously.

Chris Palmer - 7, Is probably worth his place in the team for his set-piece delivery alone, but Palmer was also willing to muck-in defensively against the Shrews. Once the forgotten man, the former Derby youngster is now becoming an important part of the team.

Lee Crooks - 7, Solid home debut from the midfielder. Neat and tidy in possession, the former Manchester City man was a much-needed calming influence in midfield.

Mike Edwards - 6, A slight off-day from Edwards, who headed into the side-netting with the goal at his mercy with the score at 2-0. Distribution was wayward, while the arrival of Crooks means that the midfielder will have a fight on his hands to keep his ever-present status.

Liam Needham - 7, Youngster continues to look a shrewd acquisition, providing the cross that led to Notts' opener. Has provided real competition for places down the left-hand side.

David Pipe - 8, The Welshman is now enjoying arguably his best period of form since signing for the club two years ago. Revitalised in centre midfield, Pipe benefited from the defensive-minded midfield pairing of Crooks and Edwards that allowed him to cause much more damage in attack. Will have been pleased to finally net his first goal at Meadow Lane.

Eugene Dadi - 9, Star man. A magnificent debut from the on-loan Forest striker. Link-up play was everything that the club has been missing in the past couple of years, with the powerfully-built marksman unlucky not to cap a superb performance with a debut goal. Offered little protection by the referee, but the veteran didn't let it spoil a very pleasing start to his Notts County career.

Mark DeBolla - 7, An excellent foil for Dadi. The non-contract striker's Meadow Lane career looked over before it had begun when Thordarson opted for Wilson as a striker, but the 22-year-old showed he has ability with a hard-working performance that was easily his best in a Notts County shirt.


Rob Ullathorne (Needham, 59) - 7, Surprisingly dropped for the past few matches, Ullathorne showed the home crowd just what they had been missing with a vintage display capped by some tremendous footwork in the opposition penalty area.

Jake Sheridan (DeBolla, 88) - 6, Almost immitated Liverpool's Xabi Alonso with a goal from his own half, but the teenager's strike just lacked the legs neccesary.

Not Used: Marshall, O'Callaghan, White.