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An Assessment of Player Performance v PNE

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An Assessment of Player Performance v PNE

 

Each player was judged on the following criteria:

Instance of excellent play                                      *

Instance of decent/good play                               *

Instance of disappointing/poor play                   *

Instance of terrible play                                         *                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                E&OE

Ratings                                                                                            

Raya                     ***                                                                            

Nyambe               *************                                     

Mulgrew              ********************                     

Lenihan               *********************                                               

Williams              ***********                                                        

Reed(45)                *****************                                                         

Smallwood(45)       ********                                                 

Palmer(68)            *****                                                                       

Armstrong(64)     ********                                                 

Bennett              **************                                                                

Dack                              *******

                                                                                                                  

Graham(45)          *****                                                                                     

Brereton(68)         ***                                                                            

Rothwell(64)         *****                                                                                                                                   

 

Highlights and Lowlights

(A justification for the main ratings above)

 

1.              Lenihan is caught flat-footed by Browne’s quick flick and he can’t make up the lost ground. Browne squares across the box perfectly for Barkhuizen to score! No one picked him up and it was too easy.

 

4.        Preston corner and I swear Lenihan loses his man and has to push him to the floor. Very, very risky! Smallwood hacks clear!

 

5.        Good grief! Williams is done on the wing, Mulgrew flicks his heel up pathetically as the ball is cut into the box again. Nyambe makes a desperate but essential deflecting challenge and we escape with a corner. It’s almost a copy of the first goal - but from the other side. The defence is a shambles!

 

9.        Mulgrew’s headed clearance doesn’t go far and it’s headed back. Nyambe’s hurried clearance is straight to Browne and he slides the ball into the box. Nyambe loses the footrace and Robinson puts it past Raya with assurance.

 

10.     Bennett’s cross reaches Dack 14 metres out but his header is turned round the post by the keeper. He did well to trouble the keeper from there as it came from one of Bennett’s diagonal balls….from behind him.

 

27.     Excellent free kick from almost 25m by Mulgrew but the keeper palms it over the bar.

 

35.     Nice ball from Bennett to a tightly marked Palmer on the edge of the D but he flicks the ball one touch to Dack’s feet. His shot from 12m out is deflected and the keeper saves.

 

38.     Armstrong dithers on the ball in our own half…… and is dispossessed. Fortunately the Preston man mishits his pass and Smallwood retrieves the ball.

 

HALF TIME

 

46.     Reed’s freekick into the box and newly arrived Graham heads home!

 

50.     Poor play by both Lenihan and Mulgrew around the box but it’s cleared.

 

54.     A great shot out of the blue from over 30m by Bennett. It’s a wee bit too central though and the keeper beats it away.

 

57.     Armstrong gives the ball away in a dangerous position but Mulgrew cuts out the poor cross into the box.

 

58.     Wonderful run down the wing by Nyambe and he squares it across the box but it’s slightly behind Dack and his attempted flick is weak and off-target.

 

59.     Sloppy play by several Rovers allows Robinson to speed past Nyambe but his shot is wide.

 

62.     Excellent chase back and challenge by Reed to win the ball from Robinson who was clear to run on goal.

 

73.     Barkhuizen goes to the line, past Williams far too easily, and heads into the box. He squares and the shot is deflected into the path of Moult who hammers home from close range. Reed and Mulgrew couldn’t get there in time.

 

75.     Nice ball into the box by Reed and Graham, near the penalty spot, cushions a header to Brereton’s feet and it’s in the net. Offside…….rats!

 

84.     Browne and Moult torment and tease four Rovers players before Moult passes to Browne who has pulled away and his half-hit volley beats Raya and nestles in the net! Reed and Williams showed no urgency in chasing back and Mulgrew and Lenihan were made to look amateurish. Raya was a bit slow to get down I think.

 

93.     Barker beats Reed and leaves him trailing; he strolls past Lenihan as if he isn’t there into the D but his shot is weak and is deflected wide.

 

Worst performance of the season IMHO.

 

 

Edited by tonyoz

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Thanks tonyoz.

Every Rovers player bar maybe Raya should have at least 1 extra Red for the abject start to the game.

Mowbray can have 3, one for each half of the game and an extra one for some of his post match comments.

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Thought Lenihan had an absolute stinker. His form is up and down. Seems he is either immense or wobbly. Williams awful as well. 

2 of the goals looked soft enough for Raya to concede as well 

Awful, awful display 

Edited by Bigdoggsteel

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It amazes me how players can be brilliant one week and terrible the next. But I’ve always considered Lenihan as Mr Reliable. So this was a shock to see him dominated so easily! I confess..............this was a BIG chore. 

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2 minutes ago, Bigdoggsteel said:

Thought Lenihan had an absolute stinker. His form is up and down. Seems he is either immense or wobbly. Williams awful as well. 

2 of the goals looked soft enough for Raya to concede as well 

Awful, awful display 

Real shame Lenihan missed a goal with the header, it would have given him a confidence boost.

He was wobbly throughout and always at risk to give a penalty away.

Fortunately PNE were not too bothered about getting into our area after the start they had and us being pants.

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Just now, AllRoverAsia said:

Real shame Lenihan missed a goal with the header, it would have given him a confidence boost.

He was wobbly throughout and always at risk to give a penalty away.

Fortunately PNE were not too bothered about getting into our area after the start they had and us being pants.

Going off some of the comments from the Irish camp at the end of O'Neills reign, I am not surprised Lenihan came back off the pace. 

https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/international-soccer/martin-oneill-fury-with-matt-doherty-as-conor-hourihane-speaks-of-need-for-better-guidance-37557857.html 

Amateur hour 

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4 hours ago, Tyrone Shoelaces said:

I'm a bit worried that the serious injury Raya had a few weeks ago has knocked his confidence. Thanks as usual Tony.

Hmm! He doesn’t seem the same, does he? Once in each of the last 2 matches he seemed to dive in “slow-motion”. 

 

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