Ched Evans scores a rare 9/10 on the Deadbat clap-o-meter for his performance in the win at Brentford.
Lowton 7/10 – Good to have him back, as he makes such a difference in terms of both attack and defence.
Hill 8/10 – Played well; he and Maguire looked solid together. He is quite fast so it is good to have some pace in the middle of the defence at last. Although he has played most of his career at full-back, he looked assured, covering in behind and doing the basics. He handled a very dangerous opponent in Berahino really well.
Maguire 8/10 – Rivalled Evans for man of the match. He was rock solid and won every header that came his way and defended sensibly throughout. Very unfortunate to be booked.
Williams 6/10 – OK after being out for a long time due to injury and non-selection. At times he was still slow to react and not close enough to his man but he stopped crosses coming in for the most part. His attacking play in the last third let him down but he improved in the second half and was more solid defensively.
Doyle 8/10 – Did well and helped make the game bitty and scrappy, which was perfect when we were comfortably ahead. The biggest compliment you can pay him is when opposition fans say they wish they had an annoying so and so like him. His play may not be pretty but it is mightily effective at this level.
Williamson 7/10 – He did OK in spells and when he got on the ball in open play he showed some good touches and passing. Two through-balls to Evans and Porter led to chances. He is a proper footballer in that respect, but at times he seemed to lack stamina.
Quinn 7/10 – Another mixed display. Some nice touches and passes offset by some poor control and a couple of real hospital balls. He worked hard and got back to support the defence but his undoubted ability on the ball is not always coming to the fore; he needs to up his game 20% for the run-in.
Porter 8/10 – Did really well. That he got a start was a surprise, but he offered far more than Cresswell has done in recent weeks, holding the ball up better and winning many headers; he was a real threat aerially all game and for the once the ball did not always come back. Should have scored with a good chance in the second half, but he linked fairly well with Evans, put a shift in and probably deserves to keep his place.
Evans 9/10 – A class act at the moment. He is scoring goals and looks like a threat every time the ball goes towards him. Took his first goal really well, as it was not an easy finish and then the second was very cool, taken with pace and composure. He should have had another but missed an almost open goal when the keeper made another mistake. His goals, of course, get him the headlines but his work rate and desire is top drawer at the moment. Defenders are never given a moment against him and this in turn leads to mistakes being made and creates space for others.
Hoskins 6/10 – Played in an unfamiliar role and it showed at times, as he was unsure whether to stay right on the touchline or come inside. His touch was not that great and things did not quite come off for him. But he worked hard and tried to get in the game. He is probably frustrated that he has come here to play and now when he finally gets a start he is put wide.
Montgomery – Replaced Hoskins when Brentford were having a decent spell midway through the second half. However, he came on, gave the ball away and then committed two silly fouls that put us under pressure. After this less than impressive introduction, he sat just in front of the defence and helped to deny Brentford space as the game petered out.
Cresswell – Brought on for Doyle as we tried to kill the game off. Chased down the defenders a few times and won us a few throw-ins down the left side. He committed a silly foul and was rightly booked for the late aerial challenge near the end.