Notes from Notts County players as fans witness a ‘collector’s item’ against Maidenhead
Notts County maintained their unbeaten streak at the start of the National League season, but worked hard to secure their 1-0 victory over Maidenhead.
Head coach Ian Burchnall’s side were frustrated in the opening 45 minutes as the visitors created the best chance thanks to Sam Beckwith being denied by a nice save from Sam Slocombe.
Notts was guilty of being lethargic in possession, but improved after the break and took the lead when Kyle Cameron took the lead in the corner from Callum Roberts.
They then had a glorious chance to double the lead when Roberts missed the point after Ruben Rodrigues was knocked down with Rhys Lovett guarding the penalty.
Roberts then lost a glorious chance to make it 2-0 when he grabbed a pass from Rodrigues but blew his effort into the Kop.
Here’s how Leigh Curtis rated the players.
Sam Slocombe: Made a big stop before half time to deprive Sam Beckwith before half time in what was another demonstration of his quality. 6
Richard Brindley: He didn’t see him as much of an offensive threat and Josh Kelly gave a lot to think about, who was a threat on the left side from the start. 6
Alex Lacey: He looked a little frustrated at times when he tried to pass through to the center-back due to the lack of movement. But he was pretty solid defensively. 6
Kyle Cameron: Like the majority of Notts’ players, he appeared to suffer from sloppy moments in the first half, but he scored the winner before being substituted due to injury. 6
Joël Taylor: Has been magnificent in the last two games, but his performances have not lived up to their usual standards in the first half. Was excellent after the break and could have scored. 7
Ed Francois: Summed up Notts’ attack in the first half when he released a shot over the bar. There were some great passes but the pace was not fast in the whole team. 6
Matt Palmer: It was full of effort but misplaced a few passes and it was a lethargic display from Notts in the opening 45 minutes. 6
Ruben Rodrigues: Sometimes it needed an extra touch too much, but it was very difficult to find space as Maidenhead did his homework defensively. Won the penalty that Roberts missed. Sloppy moments but also a little sparkle. A mixed afternoon. 6
Callum Roberts: There were some fleeting quality moments in the first half, but unlike him, the final ball just wasn’t there despite the effort to make magic happen. Had a chance to double the lead on the spot, but missed. Collector’s item because it is usually so deadly. 6
Kyle Wootton: Walked away in an attempt to find openings, but no luck presented themselves in the first half and he was led well by the Maidenhead backline. Worked extremely hard. 6
Kairo Mitchell: Fought manly and looped a wide shot early on, but the entire front line suffered as they painfully pulled away in the first half. Was replaced after the break. 6
Adam Chicken (Cameron 58): He entered the center-back position instead of Cameron and did a stable job. 6
Jim o’brien (Mitchell 58): The midfielder was full of his usual guts and energy. 6
Dion Kelly-Evans (Roberts 88): Came to add an extra layer of protection. N / A