Average Player Ratings For November
November has been a pretty poor month for City having won just two games out of seven, taking a couple of batterings in the south west in the process. The league form reads won one, drawn one, lost two, with that sole win being a pretty decent and somewhat unexpected one away at Southport. Let's take a look at how Vital users rated City's players throughout the month!
The star performer this month - by the finest of margins - was Nat Brown! He scored an average mark of 6.67 thanks to a consistent set of performances. He only took the highest score once - and that was in a 'best of a bad bunch' type performance against Forest Green - but a 7.5 against Southport and a 7.3 in the final game at home to Stalybridge has seen him take the crown. In a month where City have lost the services of Andrew Boyce, Brown's form has been a welcome development and his partnership with Luke Foster looks pretty good. This is the first time that Brown has got into the top 3 at month's end yet alone first, so well done Browny!
Second place, by just 0.01, was Sean Newton (6.66)! Amazingly he still hasn't sneaked to the top of the ratings in any given month, despite leading the overall ratings table. In fairness he looked a shoe-in this month until a quiet game against Stalybridge (6.10) saw Nat Brown slide into first! Newton's brilliant performance in the 0-0 against Plymouth - in which he pretty much had their right hand side on toast - saw him awarded the highest mark of the season so far (8.85) while he also gained the man of the match award amongst Imps who travelled to Welling (7.33). Not quite enough to usurp City's experienced centre half though!
Not many players really seemed to want third, although the best of the rest was Jon Nolan (6.48). He popped up with the vital winner at Southport but has generally been pretty quiet about his business despite Simpson's attempts to deploy him a little further forward. His best mark was indeed at Southport (7.67), although he didn't particularly impress in the Hereford draw (5.54). An ok month but City fans will hope for more from the diminutive midfielder!
Elsewhere, and Nick Wright and Bohan Dixon continue to struggle scoring 4.48 and 2.84 respectively. Dixon has been limited to a couple of cameos off the bench while Wright has failed to set the world alight in his two starts. Is it any wonder we've been struggling to score goals? Ben Tomlinson missed the final game of the month through suspension but scored 6.02, while Chris Sharp (6.27) and Marlon Jackson (5.71) are doing ok-ish in their loan spells. A little further back and Luke Foster scored 5.30, but the difference between his games in midfield and at centre back are marked, finishing the month with a 6.54 and a 7.00!
Foster is of course playing the back because City have said goodbye to Andrew Boyce this month, with the Plymouth debacle meaning he finished November with a score of 5.97. His overall mark of 6.63 is not to be sniffed at, especially when you look at the best scores this month!
It's worth noting that this month we've had a couple of long away trips and so one or two games have only had one or two Vital users present and they've had a big bearing on the scores! Remember that your opinion matters! Player of the Month winners:
August: Andrew Boyce (7.74)
September: Alan Power (7.20)
October: Tom Miller (6.85) November: Nat Brown (6.67) Full list for November:
Preece 6.83 (1 app)