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.
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.