Bitesize match ratings – Coventry City 3-0 Notts County

Coventry City - Ricoh Arena

Read a more in-depth overview of the 3-0 opening day disappointment here. Below is a quick look at how each player got on, including five debutants…

Adam Collin – 7 – actually far more commanding than last season. Claimed lots of crosses and could do little with Jones’ exquisite finishing.

Matt Tootle – 7 – the pick of Notts’ back four. Tootle was very hardworking and industrious.

Richard Duffy – 6 – the captain failed to get his back line in shape and lost his individual battle.

Shaun Brisley – 5 – on this showing he doesn’t look an upgrade on Haydn Hollis, worryingly. Very cumbersome and awkward.

Dan Jones – 3 – woeful. Jones was consistent out of position, looked slow and didn’t threaten going forward, supposedly his main quality.

Lewis Alessandra – 6 – failed to impact the game. No lack of effort but needs more of the ball in the final third.

Elliott Hewitt – 6 – as a midfield Notts struggled. But Hewitt at least toiled well. His long throws were a bore, however, and just didn’t threaten.

Liam Walker – 5 – hard to recall him even touching the ball. A debut to forget, easily.

Terry Hawkridge – 7 – the pick of Notts’ players. Looks like he has quality on the ball and unlucky not to open his Notts account.

Shola Ameobi – 5 – saw lots of the ball under an aerial bombardment but failed to show the quality he did on many occasions last season.

Jon Stead – 4 – as with Ameobi, mostly had to contend with high dropping balls and just didn’t get into the game.

Subs

Jorge Grant – 6 – why he didn’t start is beyond me. Immediately woke Notts up with more direct play.

Rob Milsom – 5 – brought on in an attempt to allow Notts to get hold of the midfield but was unable to impact.

Not used: Fitzsimmons, Hollis, Hunt, Smith and Saunders.

Paul Smith

One Comment

  1. Based on a mean of 5

    Collin 6 – Normally a critic of Collin, but did seem to be more commanding of his area. Thought he was slow to read their first but fault lay with Jones. He saved a couple of 1-on-1s but still feel he was outshown by his opposite in the Coventry goal

    Jones 1 – A mare, in simplistic terms. I was nonplussed on his return, rather like the signing of Idle, and the 100k + blown away….Whether it’s lack of concentration or failure to accept responsibility. How can our recruitment, swing from finding a gem like Bola to return to Dickinson’s bargain basement in talent.

    Brisley 5 – Just very average. Yes, a few errors

    Duffy 5 – Normal service resumed…difficult opening but was just OK

    Tootle 6 – Best of the back 4 … at least he showed some fight

    Hewitt 2 Nolan says he’s not a Right Back….agreed…but he ain’t a centre mid. Long throws, don’t make me laugh, barely made the outside of the penalty box. Zero creativity, zero tackling ability..and we gave him a 2 year contract? Centre Half only possible position open to him..

    Alessandra 5 & Hawkridge 5 – Recruitment is everything, Coventry identified Jodi Jones, from Dagenham, just streets ahead of our 2 wingers.

    Walker 6 – Thought he looked tidy and was unlucky to be subbed

    Stead 3 – whether the legs are going, a la Jason Lee….no impact
    Ameobi 5 – Holds ball well with back to goal and some nice lay offs…but no goal threat

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