Match Ratings

By Rob Davies
Last updated : 10 November 2003
Understandably, with the standard of the opposition being taken into sccount, the ratings were a little harder than usual, as I'm just not sure how you can mark some players down when the team scored 7 goals. Ah... here goes.

(6 Average)

Steven Mildenhall- 6, Had little to do and couldn't be faulted on either goal. Doesn't seem to need to perform heroics as much anymore, a sign that the defending is at last improving.

Steve Jenkins- 6, Steady. Did his job quietly and efficently. Was the only member of the back four not to score, because he was the only one to stay back on set pieces. Linked up well with Baldry well again, especially in the first half.

Nicky Fenton- 7, Had little to do defensively, but managed to score his first of the season at the other end. Also, hit the bar and probably could have had a hat-trick!

Tony Barras- 6, Let his concentration slip a few times defensively, which could have been costly against better opposition. Managed to score his THIRD of the season at the other end, more then any midfielder.

Ian Richardson- 8, Certainly enjoyed himself! Got forward more than usual, managed to score his first of the season, while having oppurtunities to add to his tally. Didn't neglect his defensive duties though, not giving their winger a sniff.

Simon Baldry- 8, Ran riot. Would have been my MOM had he not been so greedy with it at times. Very unlucky not to get on the scoresheet but still managed to set up Nicholson's goal and numerous other chances with his direct running.

Darren Caskey- 8, Set up 4 of the 7 goals with his excellent set piece deliveries, which are now 1000 times better than earlier in the season. Came close to scoring himslef with a left foot curler. Will be dissapointed to have given away the penalty.

Ian Baraclough- 7, Work rate was again excellent. Does his job without too much fuss but plays a very underated role within the team. Long shots continually flying wide, will be dissapointed he didn't get off the mark for the season.

Paul Riley- 6, Withdrawn just before half time because of a suspected hamstring injury. Showed when he went off just how much work he does defensively, as we were constantly exposed down the left in his absence.

Clive Platt- 9, Star man. Scored two and now has five for the season, more than many were predicting he'd get in his entire Notts career! Was our major threat again and was a massive danger at set pieces. Deserved a hat-trick.

Mark Stallard- 6, Not with it unfortunately. Will be didn't that 7 goals went in and he stil didn't manage one, especially as he had 3 or 4 decent chances. Given the full 90 minutes in the hope that it will help his fitness, but there is clearly a problem there.

Subs

Kevin Nicholson (On 44- Riley)- 7, Got his first of the season and did well going forward. Was exposed defensively for their first goal and the left side looks generally stronger when Riley's there.

Paul Heffernan (On 78- Platt)- 7, Made a difference again and will surely start the next game (I said that last week). Managed to get on the scoresheet with arguably the pick of the goals.

Michael Brough (On 86- Baldry)- 6, Ran a bit, tackled a bit.

Agree? Disagree? Fancy having a go at the ratings yourself one week?
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