Match Ratings

Last updated : 27 December 2003 By Rob Davies
In a genuine christmas cracker Notts will be dissapointed to not take all 3 points from a game in which they displayed a much improved performance, especially in the second half, where they excelled.


Steve Mildenhall- 6, Not had a chance to look at their late equaliser on TV yet but he looked distinctly at fault from Z block, albeit a fair distance away. Apart from that had a decent enough game and his kicking was much improved. Made two smart stops from one-on-one situations in the first half.

Steve Jenkins- 5, Received some horrendous stick from Z block throughout the first half, where a couple of idiots thought it clever to call the team captain a "w*nker". Bit of a poor performance but picked up his game in the second half.

Tony Barras- 5, Restored to the starting line-up after a short spell out of the team, but certainly didn't perform to anywhere near his best. Was constantly left for dead by a lively frontline. Seemed to let Gallen run past him on numerous occasions, though was a threat from offensive set-pieces.

Ian Richardson- 7, Solid. Unlucky with the own goal and gave his usual 110% effort. Struggled somewhat to 'connect' as a pairing with Barras, which may be a stumbling block if Billy wishes to play them together on a regular basis.

Kevin Nicholson- 7, Had an excellent second half where both him and Riley played out of their skins. Totally skinned for their opener, but was competent enough after that.

Simon Baldry- 8, One of his best games yet. Great flick-on for the opener and his dribbling ability was quite brilliant throughout the game. Put a good cross on the man and you'd have a Premiership winger. Unlucky not to get on the scoresheet himself when the 'keeper saved well at his feet.

Paul Bolland- 6, Better, but I'm still baffled by his inclusion in the line-up. The combination of him and Baraclough may have worked well enough today, but it CANNOT be a regular thing for us Notts fans to endure.

Ian Baraclough- 6, See Bolland. Pretty much the same.

Paul Riley- 7, Wonderful battling ability in the second half, after he got rather lost in the first. Really did impress me in the second half, deserves to keep his place after such an excellent display.

Clive Platt- 8, Made such a difference on his return. I'm 99% certain that without his precense we'd have received a christmas hammering yesterday. Unlucky not to score, but made two, and should feel proud of his performance.

Paul Heffernan- 9, Star man. No doubts as to who would be my man of the match this game. Heff was an absoloute star yesterday afternoon, chasing everything, fighting for every single ball, and ofcourse, tucking the chances away that did come his way to grab his first senior hat-trick. A special talent that finally fulfilled it's potential.


Nick Fenton (On 84- Jenkins)- 6, Did nothing wrong. May feel upset at being dropped.

Not used: Deeney, Caskey, Hackworth, Stallard.