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Stoke Report Card
By: Dr Fishy
WHAT a privilege it is to write about a Town win! It makes a change from the usual drab and rather predictable average grades that the players earn from their week to week defeats.
So, a clean sheet, two goals, plenty of chances and above all, three points from a six-pointer. It puts daylight between the Mariners and Stoke for the time being, at least. But for how long?
Coyne: For once his kicking was very good. Never really got tested, thankfully. Read situations well.
McDermott: The captain out-jumped Iwelumo in the early stages and also held the big striker off the ball on a few occasions. Good solid, all-round performance from Macca.
Gallimore: It wasn't a bad performance against his old club. His covering at the back was good although he didn't block enough crosses.
Ford: Appeared to have redeemed himself from the dip in form. Good in the air, strong in the challenge and played some decent passes out of defence.
Santos: Had Iwelumo in his pocket all afternoon. Job well done.
Cooke: Good at drifting in-field and surging forward. Looked like the creative spark in the team but dwelled too much at times.
Campbell: Carried the ball well and drifted past three challenges in the second half that nearly led to a great solo goal. Got back well to defend.
Groves: Played some intelligent balls through to Boulding and sat back in midfield to help soak up the pressure.
Pouton: This was a superb return to action for the Geordie. Put himself about, challenged anything that moved and set up the first goal.
Thompson: Won free kicks all afternoon, not that he dived, but he was just a thorn in Stoke's defence. Deservedly got his goal before half time.
Boulding: Signs are that he is nearing full fitness. Took players on for pace - a little too greedy at times - but there were glimpses of what he is capable of. Took his goal well, getting there before the keeper.
Soames: Played direct and caused one or two problems when he had the ball. Got Shtanuk sent off by simply being too fast for him.
Bolder + Rowan: Came on too late to grade but they played their part in maintaining the lead.
|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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