Our first home defeat in a year might have been inflicted by the better side. It might have come at the end of a competitive game…
Our first home defeat in a year might have been inflicted by the better side. It might have come at the end of a competitive game which had supporters of both sides on the edge of their seats. It might have been a fine advertisement for League Two football. Unfortunately, none of that is true. We lost because we didn’t play very well. The proof of that comes in the average player ratings, which are noticeably lower than in recent times. A reality check for some of them, perhaps? Is the forward line too old for this level? Is the defence too inexperienced?
Whilst an individual game can throw up anomalies, the player of the season statistics are already revealing. You will have to wait for the end of the month to see what I mean.
As for the Mansfield game, ROB DICKIE did his chances of a permanent move no harm with his first player of the match vote. The Raggett Twins have already formed an effective partnership at the heart of City’s defence, and it will be very interesting to see how well Dickie fits with Waterfall once his twin brother has left for Norwich. Assuming he stays, that is.
“Excellent performance. Good in the air and looks good with the ball at his feet too. Reassured that we’ve got someone with really big potential.” (Jaggy Imp)
“Great to see him play so well, looked like he’d been playing for years. His presence will soften the blow of Raggett leaving.” (APHLCFC)
“Will be an asset at centre back when Raggs departs.” (Stevie_imp)
In second place comes the other twin. SEAN RAGGETT has already opened up a significant lead at the top of our overall ratings, which serves to emphasise what a loss he will be when he departs at the end of December.
“Barely a foot wrong. Both CBs showed that Angol probably isn’t as good as some think.” (plumbob)
“Looks to be a good understanding with Dickie. But at some point maybe we will have to bring in Waterfall alongside Dickie.” (elkimp)
“Dickie Senior. Defended well & carries the ball out well.” (Perthimp)
In joint-third come flying wingers HARRY ANDERSON and JOSH GINNELLY, suggesting they will both start at Notts County. How good it is to have two 20-year-old wingers threatening League Two defences.
“Terrified them at times, regularly fouled when on the ball.” (berksimps)
“Was excellent at the start when on the right. Three bad tackles from behind on him none which resulted in bookings.” (bbh11)
“I thought he was looking really good until he swapped wings, struggled to get into the game after that. Victim of some very rough treatment, not helped by the ref.” (APHLCFC)
“Livened us up for a while. Think he should have been asked to run at Mirfin, who was slow, and should have been on from h/t.” (plumbob)
“Had one good shot on goal and always felt he had a looked like producing something and giving us a chance.” (bbh11)
“Showed some great touches when he came on and may be the one to work up front with Green, but their respective roles need to be sorted out.” (Perthimp)
The average team score of 6.16 is the lowest of the season by far. With the exception of the two centre halves and the two wingers, the rest were…disappointing.
1. Rob Dickie 7.63
2. Sean Raggett 7.45
3. Josh Ginnelly, Harry Anderson 6.45
5. Neal Eardley, Michael Bostwick 6.22
7. Billy Knott 6.04
8. Alex Woodyard 6.00
9. Matt Green 5.81
10. Sam Habergham 5.63
11. Matt Rhead 5.04
12. Paul Farman 4.95
August Player Ratings: Why Sean Raggett Is In Serious Danger
Average Player Ratings v Luton Town (h)
Average Player Ratings v Stevenage (a)
Average Player Ratings v Forest Green Rovers (a)
— Vital Lincoln City (@VitalLincoln) 22 September 2017