Paynes Player Ratings

In the absence of Luke Payne today I have been given the responsibility of PPR. Having tasted a harsh 4 0 thrashing by Bradford midweek it was important to bounce back against Swindon at the County Ground. I have to be honest I was nervous going into the game but a vital 2 1 W that keeps the top 4 looking over their shoulder going into the final stretch. Here are my ratings:


Michael Kelly 7.5. Comfortable, controlled performance in goal, exactly the sort of performance to ease the fans nerves in the absence of Marschall who on this performance might not get back in straight away. His distribution was brilliant too and he commanded his box. Much for Williamson to ponder.


Kyran Lofthouse 7.5. He’s slowly settling in after a bit of a nervous start in Buckinghamshire but you can see why he’s been brought in. Tenacious that paid dividends in the 3rd minute when he caused confusion between the Swindon goalkeeper and defender, setting up Wearne for the first. His calm and measured approach gets him in great positions even if his final ball is lacking. More to come I’m certain. 

Cameron Norman. 7. With his only blot failing to track Austin for the consolation goal, his all round game was brilliant. His partnership with Lofthouse is building quite nicely and you can see him constantly communicating. Produced two wonderful blocks to avert the danger and his distribution was mainly positive. Went to RWB with the Lofthouse substitution and saw the game out.


Warren O’Hora 8. After a shaky midweek this was more of the Woz we know and love. Calm, composed, commanding. The central defender role in the back 3 is so key to the way Williamson wants to play and today showed that in abundance. Dealt well with Austin for the most part when he was introduced.


Daniel Harvie 7. Another solid showing from the Scot. His understanding of his role is getting better. Positionally he’s already set, knowing he has to cover the advanced Tomlinson whilst also stamping his authority on the game. He’s even coming out from the back with the ball. Again so important in the system.


Joe Tomlinson 6. Not quite himself today I personally thought. Whether it’s fatigue or something else I’m not sure but his body language did not seem right to me. Maybe the pitch didn’t help or I’m holding him to a high level.


Jack Payne 7. He’s just a joy to watch isn’t he. On the ball he glides across the pitch with consummate ease. Rarely gives the ball away and his ability to manipulate the ball is a level above. Just an absolute magical player to watch.


Lewis Bate 9. Like above he’s such a great manipulator with the ball, able to take the ball on the half turn almost Kasumu style and drive forward with the ball. His ball forward created the first goal and there was only once I recall he lost the ball all game.


Alex Gilbey 6.5. You can never question his willingness to win, his desire for the highest standard from the team but it wasn’t quite his day today. His touch seemed off although how he didn’t get a penalty only the ref will know. 32 games and counting in L2 this season. No penalty. Odd stat.


Dan Kemp 8. We’re getting close to seeing the real Dan Kemp. Huge influence in the game with his driving runs and link up with Wearne. Beautiful ball in for the second goal, right into the corridor of uncertainty and maybe with a bit more belief he scores at a ground where he’s worshipped. This is the standard going forward he’s set.


Stephen Wearne 9. TOP Don. I apologise to the member who wanted Bate to have this accolade but goals win games and in Wearne’s World that’s what separates the 2. For someone who hadn’t “played the striker role” in his post-match interview, his reading of the game and what is expected in the role was phenomenal. He took his goals well and his drifting caused space for other players. Has an air of confidence about him that will stand him in good stead.


Mj Williams and Emre Tezgel are exempt from the ratings due to coming on late in the game.


Matt Dennis. 5. Hold up play needs to be better towards the end of the game, his work rate has improved but could still be better. I’m sure that will come in time.


Ethan Robson 5. Took time to settle but made important blocks when required. I think he could be vital for the Run in with his energy.


Dean Lewington 5.5. Dealt with Mckirdy well and saw out the game. Good option to have off the bench.

Team Performance 8. That first hour was the most controlled performance for some weeks. We do need to be more ruthless, particularly with some crucial fixtures on the horizon but if that team spirit and togetherness continues, we won’t be far off. Tuesday night sees Hollywood….

. Sorry Wrexham arrive at Stadium MK as part of our Welcome Wales week in what could be another key game…. A repeat of August would be great but we’re both different animals.


If you’ve read this far, thank you again for your eyes. Luke back in the hot seat so please keep showing him your support. Until next time..

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