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Forest Report Card
By: Dr Fishy
DR FISHY has compiled match statistics and a report card for the Grimsby Town side that drew 0-0 with Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
Coyne: There was no reason to suggest why Forest keeper Darren Ward is ahead of Coyne in the pecking order for international duty. As ever our Welshman was perfect in every way - good kicking, catching and holding. A couple of good saves too.
McDermott: It seems in every national newspaper around, Macca is regarded as our 'danger man'. He did have a good game and perhaps had half a chance to score. Once again he was solid defensively but didn't get forward as much as he did last weekend.
Gallimore: His last match before the three match suspension starts. Generally did okay but again showed he was a bit slow in distributing the ball, normally a hoof down the line to a striker.
Groves: The manager certainly has the team organised in a 4-4-2 formation, and he had a much better game against Forest. Most of their moves went through Lester, and the gaffer always had him covered. Lester did have one good chance near the end though.
Todd: Commanding display on his debut. He appeared to settle in well and always wanted the ball at his feet. His distribution forward was excellent and found Pringle several times. Defensively sound despite not being all that tall.
Butterfield: Wasn't in the game much as was found jogging around quite a lot. Always the last midfielder to get forward but saying that he didn't lose the ball much and played as part of an organised team, which meant he passed it sideways all match.
Campbell: Another one of those games where he decided to go all quiet on us. He didn't play badly but never really found a way to get at the Forest full backs. Drifted in too much and sometimes left Gally with two against one at the back.
Pouton: The midfielder had a stormer on his return. In the first half he won the ball plenty of times and ran at the heart of the Forest defence. Second half he did much of the same and was the main route through to the strikers.
Boulding: He was quiet in the first half but woke up for the second. Every time he got the ball he got his head down and ran at the defender. Once or twice he tried some Lester-esque turns on the edge of the area, and he won a few free kicks down the line.
Pringle: First competitive match for over a year (and when you take that into consideration) he didn't do too badly. Perhaps he should have been subbed earlier but showed his qualities without really threatening the goal. Held the ball up very well and brought others into play, and off the ball he dragged defenders with him. Clever player.
Only Allen came on for the last five minutes or so, and got himself into a great position on the edge of the box before he slipped and missed the ball. It would be interesting to see him partner Pringle up front.
Best part of Town's performance: Groves has got the team playing with spirit, and most of the players look as though they want to win, instead of hoofing it forward and letting someone else do all the hard work. It was a very disciplined performance by Town and you could always visibly see the 4-4-2 formation across the park. Also, we passed it around at times and annoyed the home fans.
Areas for improvement: Not many good chances were created but we had several half chances - Pringle could have scored, so could have Todd - Boulding (if only he could look up) had an excellent chance in the dying seconds but fell over when he shot. It's the usual story though, we haven't got someone who can knock in a goal when we need it. But at least we're creating chances.
Entertainment scale: As I understand it, any neutrals would have found it boring, but from a Town perspective it was quite encouraging. We've followed up a win with another point and clean sheet and we played with real effort and commitment.
|A*||This is almost impossible to achieve as I will refuse to give anyone this grade - unless they score six goals and get opposing players sent off.|
|A||This is more possible to achieve, although the player must have had a brilliant game i.e. he can't have put a foot wrong all match.|
|A-||The player must have performed superbly, setting up goals, scoring goals, making match-winning tackles etc.|
|B+||The player played to a very high standard indeed having been influential throughout the 90 minutes.|
|B||This can be achieved if the player had a very good game overall but could be forgiven for making one or two minor mistakes.|
|B-||The player put in a performance worthy of special mention for his efforts on the pitch or otherwise having a good game.|
|C+||A mark for players who have had an average game but at the same time played well in patches and may have had an impact on the final score.|
|C||An average performance but not worthy of being dropped for the next game - a competent performance.|
|C-||Start thinking about the player's attitude and commitment on the pitch. Showed little effort and was probably invisible for most of the match.|
|D+||Poor game and realistically shouldn't feature in the next game.|
|D||This player shouldn't be playing in the near future.|
|D-||The player deserves to be fined for his abysmal performance|
|E||The player should be sacked|
|F||And then shot|
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