Notts County 2-1 Crawley Player Ratings: Awesome Audel

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An industrious display helped Notts County get their first victory under Kevin Nolan, a 2-1 win over Crawley Town – but which players stood out?

Notts County

Adam Collin – one good save from a header in the second half. Although Collins’ strike had power, the central nature of it suggested Collin might have done better on another day. 5

Matt Tootle – some good runs early on. Positioning against Roberts late on left a little to be desired, but impressive for much of the contest. 7
Thierry Audel – colossal throughout. More aggressive in the air than his centre-back partners and alleviated pressure quickly. 9
Richard Duffy – held position well and mopped up most that came his way in the air. 7
Haydn Hollis – more cautious than the average left-back. Did not offer width, but stabilized one or two opposing counter-attacks with his shrewd positioning. 6

Curtis Thompson – County’s best player until his second half dismissal. Caused problems for Cox with his pace and skill. 8
Michael O’Connor – battled superbly in midfield. His pressing into the opposing half was partly why Crawley found it hard to implement their usual passing game. 9
Rob Milsom – not the most explosive performance in open play, but worked hard and put in some good set piece deliveries. 6
Adam Campbell – questionable use of the ball in the first half, but his relentless energy came to fruition in the second half, when he caused problems down the left. 7

Jonathan Forte – always looked to get beyond Stead, as he did for his first half chance one-on-one. Forced some good saves from Morris and deserved his late winner. 8
Jon Stead – his physical presence dissuaded opposing defenders from putting challenges in. Passing in the first half was mixed but battled throughout. 7

Alan Smith (on 87)
Elliott Hewitt (on 90+2
Sam Osborne (on 90+7)

Crawley Town

Glenn Morris – outstanding. Saved well from Forte in the first half and in the second, he was the main reason Crawley weren’t punished further. 9

Lewis Young – his forward forays helped Crawley to their best spell early in the second half, but otherwise had a limited influence. 4
Mark Connolly – his experience and knowhow has been key for Crawley lately, but this was an off-day. 3
Joe McNerney – reluctant to close down Stead at times. Headed straight at Collin late on. 4
Josh Yorwerth – gave away some silly fouls in the first half, but most of his teammates were guilty of putting challenges in at all. Provided a threat in the opposing box. 6
Dean Cox – struggled against Thompson in the first hour and offered little in possession. Then again, one of the most creative wingers outside the Championship not long ago arguably shouldn’t be asked to play wing-back. 2

Josh Payne – passive. The odd good ball to the right early in the second half, but otherwise guilty of dallying in possession. 3
Jimmy Smith – at a push the best midfielder of the three, but like the other two he got pushed back at times. 4
Billy Clifford – anonymous and wasteful in possession. 3

Enzio Boldewijn – lively in flashes of the first half and created Crawley’s best openings. Kept quiet after the interval. 4
James Collins – lacked the tenacity to lead the line with such little support. When he was given support, he produced some nice flicks, plus an impressive equalizer. 5

Jordan Roberts (on 63) – lively and decent movement, but a poor end product. 6
Bobson Bawling (on 84)