Notts County v Brentford match ratings

By Dane Vincent
Last updated : 14 October 2008

Ouch: There were fears that Johnson had been seriously injured...
Russell Hoult 6 - Missed one cross early on which could have cost County, but other than that he was a reliable figure. Using his height and build, Hoult was ruthless with high balls, either convincingly punching to safety or plucking them out of the air with ease.  Bravely getting down to a few crosses, he cut out a number of promising deliveries into the six-yard box to keep the score level.

Adam Tann 6 - Defensively you cannot fault Tann, who made some crucial clearances, including a couple from the back post - an area where Notts have struggled.  Going forward, he struggles to make any real impact, failing to support Hamshaw as much as Beardsley has done. His distribution also needs to be worked on.

Michael Edwards 7 - Should have done better with a close-range header in the second half, but failed to direct his effort away from the Bees' on-form goalkeeper, Ben Hamer. At the other end it was another solid performance from Edwards, who frequently nipped in front of the ball to snuff out attacks, as well as marking his opponent out of the game for large periods.

Michael Johnson 7 - Although he stands at around a foot shorter than Nathan Elder, he must have won nine out of every ten aerial challenges with the towering front-man. Once again throwing himself in where it hurts, Johnson could have seriously injured himself after falling awkwardly when lunging for an in-swinging corner. Just like Edwards, he could have scored, but mistimed a diving header early on in the first half.

Jamie Clapham 7 - What a brilliant addition to the squad the former Birmingham City man is proving to be. Influential, composed on the ball and defensively resolute, he has strengthened the side considerably both going forward and defensively down the left side. Nearly opened his account with a stunning 30-yard drive which cannoned off the post.

Matthew Hamshaw 7 - Arguably one of Notts' most consistent performers so far this season, Hamshaw produced more of the same again. Always willing to receive the ball, he kept running at his marker and put in a number of quality balls. He also adds a lot of variety to attacking moves with his diverse range of passing. Unfortunately his set-pieces were not up to the high standard that we have witnessed in previous matches.

Richard Butcher 6 - Seems to get much more involved this term,

Star man: Strachan played a huge role in Notts' passing moves...
contributing more than just goals. He worked tirelessly in closing down the opposition and broke up many attacks through sheer determination. It would have been nice to see him get involved in more attacks, because sadly that did not happen often enough. He did, however, come close with a back post header that was pulled up for a foul.

Gavin Strachan 9 *Star man*- Besides two wayward passes, it was a spotless performance from the holding midfielder. Always hungry for the ball, he demonstrated great positional sense in making himself available to collect the ball from the back four. He never shirked from getting stuck into a tackle and held the midfield together admirably, ensuring that his side maintained possession. His incredible swinging pass to Hamshaw played a huge part in gaining Notts a penalty.

Myles Weston 7 - Whenever he ran at the Brentford defence, they were hitting him with sticks and there is no surprise that he has earned County more free-kicks than any other player in the squad. His performance was let down by some poor decision making, where he decided to shoot, rather than lay the ball inside on more than one occasion.

Jamie Forrester 6 - Although he seemed to struggle throughout, Forrester calmly slotted the penalty away. His link-up play was brilliant at times, making some quick passes out wide, but his control appeared sometimes let him down, especially in comparison with recent weeks.

Delroy Facey 8 - If anyone deserves a goal it is Facey. Using a combination of brute strength and fine control, he managed to hold off the visitors' defenders in most instances to allow Notts to get forward. He can also look dangerous when running with the ball, skinning Brentford's right-back at one point. Adding this to his constant ability to win headers, you could not have asked for a much better performance from a target-man.  

Subs:

Sean Canham 5 - Did not have time to make an impact in the short time he was on, but used his energy to close down defenders from the top. He still appears to lack the sharpness at this level, but in his defence, he has yet to play enough minutes to gain it.

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