Smith 5.5 competent without being commanding and distribution was both poor and ponderous. I'm afraid the gulf in quality between the talent we own and the talent we've borrowed is obvious
Leadbitter 3 up until the double substitution no one in a Rovers shirt deserved more than three out of ten. The cross for the goal did come from Leads side of the pitch but to be honest I'm struggling to remember anything he did that was either positive or negative in his brief appearance on the field
J. Clarke 7 centre back, right back, right of a back three. Didn't shirk his responsibilities in any of the roles he was called upon to play.
Lockyer 8 after a forgettable first twenty minutes Locks coped admirably with the changing shapes of our defence and nullified Barnet's attack for the remainder of the game. Drove the troops on. Growing into the captain's role at last.
Craig 7 header for Barnet goal came from his man so gets a point less than Locks but he was equally dominant in the last 70 minutes as TL
Kelly 5 sacrificed at half time as DC found a convincing formation to tackle the second half with, but in all honesty his most memorable contributions of the first half were a couple of confident chest downs to the keeper
Sinclair 1 I am a beard fan but that tackle in that area of the pitch was just stupid, stupid, stupid.
Sercombe 7 after an anonymous and ineffective start a long range potshot straight at the keeper on about 25 mins seemed to kick start his game. Much more purposeful after the restart as Rovers took the game by the scruff of the neck. Excellent strike smacking the crossbar was a highlight
O. Clarke 7 was anonymous a lot longer than Sercombe but was more influential than him once he finally got into the game, overlapping from wide right and tigerishly winning the ball back all over the pitch in a commanding second half display. Like the others his total rating reflects an abject first 45 and a vastly improved second 45
Nichols 8 deserved two pens and no yellow card. Our only performer in the first half and kept it going in the second half when his team mates matched his level of performance. Probably deserves the MOTM accolade and would have got it from me too bar an exemplary 45 minutes from Lines.
Payne 1 well at least he argued with the ref on behalf of his teammates but I think he got booked for impersonating a footballer as, that chat with the ref aside, he did nowt
Subs: Matthews 6 part of an early double change that started to wake the side up. Always convinces more going forward than he does in his defensive work
Bennett 7 a Pompey supporter warned me he would frustrate as the wild swings from his best to his worst became apparent, but today his early introduction was a positive as his obvious comfort with close control of the football caused unease amongst the agricultural defenders he was up against. Gave us an additional outlet we badly needed.
Lines 8.5 has my utmost respect as a player that can keep churning out match changing performances when some of his own "supporters" write him off as powderpuff or past it. He pulled the strings throughout the second half that enabled Nichols and Clarke to threaten from wide, Sercombe and Bennett to receive the ball with good odds of beating the first man in front of them and allow the defence and keeper an easy out ball to keep the pressure off them. Add in a consummately taken penalty and a blindingly good long range effort smacking the inside of the post and you have almost the perfect half!
Crowd 7 Gas, just like the team, anonymous first half and spirited in the second. Barnet, well they had a drum.
Ref 0.5 well he got the sending off and the second penalty shout right. Other than that he was hopeless for both sides. However, Barnet 18 fouls and a couple of deliberate handballs-no cards, Rovers 9 fouls and a proliferation of cards...really?
Barnet 5 started well, disappeared up their own rear ends.
Smith 6 - very nervous start and poor distribution throughout. Did make a couple of good saves though.
Leadbitter 4 - didn't do much. J. Clarke 6.5 - average display Lockyer 6.5 - poor first half. Distribution poor which put us under pressure. Good in second half. Craig 6.5 - average game throughout Kelly 6.5 - looked the best defender in the first half
Sinclair 2 - silly tackle Sercombe 7 - looked threatening but silly mistakes O. Clarke 7 - poor first half but did well in the second
Nichols 7.5 - lots of good skill but a number of silly mistakes. Bit lightweight and didn't score but currently the best forward in the club. Payne 4 - Not on long but looked liked the Barnet defender had him in his pocket
Subs: Matthews 6.5 - good skill but lightweight Bennett 7 - different class to most players on the pitch but needs to perform consistently Lines 8 - made the difference. Ran the game. His after match comments showed that he is an intelligent player thinking how to influence a game
Crowd 4 - Barnet very small. Rovers quite quiet until the goal Ref 2 - very poor Barnet 4 - started well but the second half showed that with a minimum amount of brain power Rovers should be able to work out how to beat them easily. Nice ground for a non-league club. Good view. Bar very spacious.
Post by I Voted For Kodos on Nov 14, 2018 14:17:58 GMT
Results in and Tom Nichols is Man of the Match with a score of 8.00.
This was Nichol's first MotM after his 56th appearance in these threads. This means he avoids a record that he was getting close to. Lee Brown still holds the record of most games before a MotM, with his first (in the threads on this forum that started in 2014) coming after 60 games.
Stuart Sinclair's score of 1.50 was the lowest rating ever recorded among the roughly 3000 rating in these threads. It beats the previous record held by Tom Parkes for his 1.64 at home to Newport in 15/16. More below.
These two stats combine to give the second biggest range of ratings ever in these threads. The 6.5 between Nichols and Sinclair is second only to the gap of 6.8 between Sinclair (8.9) and Balanta (2.1) at home to Gateshead in 14/15. Balanta was injured after 29 minutes in that game, so the biggest gap by players who both played the full 90 is the 5.2 between Gosling (8.3) and Spiess (3.1) at Torquay, which was actually the very next game after Gateshead.
Leadbitter 4.3 J. Clarke 6.9 Lockyer 7.4 Craig 6.8 Kelly 6.1