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Average Player Ratings V Luton (H)

It hasn't been a lot of fun working out the ratings recently, but City's 0-0 draw against promotion favourites Luton made it two decent games in a row in terms of player performance!

Even though we're only two games and five days in, Luke Foster is certainly staking a claim for player of the month! Foster continued on from an excellent display away at Grimsby (8.29) with an even better defensive showing against the Hatters (8.60). That's the joint best showing of the season alongside Andrew Boyce's 8.6 against Dartford and continues a ridiculous change in Foster's form: the former Preston man was averaging just 5.38 in midfield up until mid-November, but since Andrew Boyce's departure from the club Foster has averaged 6.87. That's player of the season form the way it has been going!

Kingearls argued that the display was possibly Foster's 'best in a Lincoln shirt', while Steve O' Dare labelled the performance 'superb'. Keep it up Luke!

Debutant Delano Sam-Yorke then took second place, as the sponsors' man of the match scored 8.00. That mark included three 9s, with posters generally quick to praise the Imps' new loanee. Blake was impressed with Sam-Yorke's hold-up play while Bumbleimp pondered a partnership with Ben Tomlinson when City's livewire forward returns from suspension. A score of 8 is certainly a very good starting point! Fellow debutant Mitch Austin notched a score of 6.30 on his first outing at Sincil Bank.

In third place we then have Sean Newton (7.80), who is rarely out of these articles! Newton has been attracting interest from a number of Football League clubs and once again caught the eye, with BrownImp suggesting he is not only the best left-back in the Skrill Premier but perhaps the league above too! Most Vital users praised his attacking contribution although one or two found the quality of his crosses a little lacking on Saturday.

Elsewhere, and we have good marks for Nat Brown (7.65), Tom Miller (7.60), Todd Jordan (7.25) and Conner Robinson (7.15). Jordan in particular has had something of an upsurge in form, coping well in Gary Simpson's midfield three. Less so Mo Fofana, who has been demoted to the bench regularly and continued a questionable season with a mark of 4.80. The Frenchman's place is certainly under threat if Simpson finds any midfielders in the January sales, especially having found himself behind Bohan Dixon in the pecking order.

If we quickly turn to Vital users themselves, then we see that BrownImp clearly enjoyed City's performance! He scored the Imps at an average of 7.50, the highest mark this week. CrazyTuba and Red Wimp meanwhile tied for the lowest score (6.58). The average was 6.97, a solid display although not quite as high as Grimsby away (7.13), which was especially impressive due to Bohan Dixon's red card and subsequent mark of 2.71!

Full player ratings are as follows:

Farman 6.70
Miller 7.60
Foster 8.60
Brown 7.65
Newton 7.80
Nolan 6.20
Jordan 7.25
Fofana 4.80
Austin 6.30
Sam-Yorke 8.00
Robinson 7.15
(Wright 5.60)
The Journalist

Writer: Rasenimp Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 5 2014

Time: 10:32PM


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