Average Player Ratings V Braintree (H)
It wasn't a particularly enthralling contest, but City made it to the 50 point mark on Saturday with a 2-0 win over Alan Devonshire's Braintree. A robust display featuring two set piece goals was enough to see City home and Vital users have since been putting up their ratings.
The best rated player was Tom Miller (8.00), who returned from suspension to put in the kind of display the Sincil Bank faithful are getting used to. The dependable defender was utilised in a sweeper role at the weekend and put in a typically tough tackling display, working hard to limit Braintree to almost nothing in front of goal while also netting a header himself at the other end! Kingearls argued that Miller is 'now our best player' and is 'consistent every week'. CrazyTuba meanwhile praised a 'fantastic all round performance'.
Second place went to Sean Newton (7.40) who put in some devilish set pieces. Implincs69 said that Newton was 'getting back to his best' while Steve O'Dare noted that the three at the back system with wingbacks really suits his game. Another good display from Newton and one that means he and Miller extend their lead at the top of the overall player ratings standings.
Third place then goes to Thierry Audel (7.10) who scuffed home City's second goal (complete with dodgy celebration dance)! The on loan defender has had a pretty good spell at City so far and has chipped in with the odd goal too. CrazyTuba praised a 'solid' outing while implincs69 stuck an extra point on his score for the goal. A good day for City's defenders then!
Most players hovered around the average mark of 6 otherwise, although Kris Bright (4.30) struggled a little in his second appearance. Bright snatched at a couple of decent chances and was sent off for a perceived stamp in the second half. Tornado Imp didn't see anything praiseworthy from the New Zealand international although Steve O'Dare noted Bright's effort and cited a lack of quality service. Hopefully he will impress when he comes back from suspension!
A quick note on posters and Steve O'Dare was the highest scoring (7.20), partly because of the higher mark for Bright and also because he missed off Ben Tomlinson's rating (a player who didn't necessarily have his best afternoon in red and white). Tornado Imp was the harshest poster (5.91) while the average was 6.43.Full ratings are as follows:
Audel 7.10Miller 8.00