Notts County v Macclesfield Town match ratings

By Dane Vincent
Last updated : 20 October 2008

Parry: Hoult will feel that he should have done better with the goal...
Russell Hoult 5 - Will feel that he should have done better with the goal after parrying the ball into the path of Simon Yeo rather than pushing it away to safety. Looked a tad shaky at points but generally claimed high balls well in what was a relatively quiet afternoon for Notts' number one.

Adam Tann 5 - It was not a good day for Tann, who was troubled down his side on numerous occasions. Fortunately he was bailed out by Edwards and Hamshaw, who covered well defensively. His day was made worse by a horror challenge, which fortunately did not break his ankle. Hopefully he will return to action very soon.

Mike Edwards 6 - Reliable as ever, the team's captain put in another resolute performance, working well alongside his new defensive partner. He put in a handful of fine blocks and challenges but did get taken out of the game by a clever offensive dribble from midfield. Fortunately he was saved by Thompson.

John Thompson 7 - Started his loan spell with the club in fine style by putting on a ruthless display that the fans soon warmed to. Opened a little shakily but the former Nottingham Forest man soon adapted, showing that he was a worthy replacement for the injured Michael Johnson. Throughout he illustrated that he is competent in the air, as well as on the ground. He made one superb last ditch slide-tackle with the score level.

Jamie Clapham 8 *Star man* - Growing in stature with every game, Clapham is looking like the best left-back the club has possessed since Paul Boertien. Agonisingly he hit the woodwork for the second time in a week with a stunning long-range drive. He was never troubled and never appeared phased on the ball, even when operating out of position at right-back. One of his finest abilities is his ability to work with those around him, complementing both wingers' games. If there is any spare cash in the coffers, he needs to be offered a longer deal before somebody else snaps him up.

Matthew Hamshaw 7 - Looked a threat every time he got the ball in the visitors' half, taking part in many of Notts' best moves with his willingness to run at defenders. None of his deliveries actually amounted to anything, although he did create a couple of good opportunities with his corners. He is probably on par with Edwards as County's most consistent performer.

Gavin Strachan 6 - Once again keeping it simple, Strachan rarely lost possession and did show that he could make advancing passes effectively. He appeared to struggle with attacks through the middle at times, and appeared a slightly sluggish. However, that could have been down to a knock picked up early on.

Richard Butcher 6 - Started the game well but faded as the game progressed. There is no doubting his commitment, as he continued to throw himself around, closing down attacks energetically. He came close with a header, which was denied by a goal-line clearance. A couple of other chances were wasted in and around the box, which will have frustrated Notts' main source of goals.

Myles Weston 6 - Just like Hamshaw, looked dangerous in possession, but was dealt with quite well by the Silkmen's full-back who constantly shifted him onto his right foot, leading to some inconsistent crossing. Indicating that

G'won Delroy: Facey scored his first goal for the club...
his all-round game has improved, Weston tracked back effectively on a number of occasions to break up play.

Jamie Forrester 5 - It was déjà-vu for Forrester who replicated his performance against Brentford - minus the goal. He struggled in the first half, failing to control the ball frequently, as well as misplacing several passes. He did improve in the second period, but we can expect much more from the former Lincoln City forward.

Delroy Facey 8 - Picked up from where he left off on Monday with another top performance and deservedly capped it off with his first goal in a Magpies shirt. Early on he was struggling aerially with the Macclesfield defence but soon regained the dominance, winning some impressive headers and showing great control to hold the ball up regularly. He should have opened his account sooner with a chance in the first half that he struck over from ten-yards out.

Subs:

Paul Mayo 7 - Looked like a man with a point to prove and he did just that. He never looked troubled defensively and combined well going forward. Nearly got his name on the score-sheet, but didn't fully connect with the header.

Sean Canham 6 - Once again he did not have enough time to impress greatly, but nonetheless got involved, playing the simple pass in a tidy manner.

Adam Nowland 6 - Like Canham, came on too late to make an impact. He always looked for a forward pass and found a man each time successfully.

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