Player Ratings v Stockport County

Last updated : 09 January 2007 By Gary Holmes

Ben Foster

Pretty comfortable afternoon for the England hopeful. No chance with the Stockport County goal, and made one fine save down to his left late on. Handled the ball confidently in wet conditions.

Adrian Mariappa

Made a few surging runs down the right flank and used the ball well. Defended stoutly.

Jordan Stewart

Contributed to the attack on numerous occasions after an uncertain start.

Malkay Mackay

Stalwart display from the evergreen veteran. Bagged a brace with two efforts from set pieces, although together with Jay DeMerit badly caught out for County's goal.

Jay DeMerit

Marshalled the defence well together with Malkay Mackay in the absence of Dan Shittu, although like the Scot, went missing for the Hatters strike.

Al Bangura

Battled manfully in midfield, but surprisingly lacked vision when in possession to unlock a Second Division defence.

Damien Francis

Uninspiring display by the recalled million pound man. Looked a yard short of pace in the crucial areas, unsurprisingly withdrawn just after the hour.

Anthony McNamee

Impressive display by the little left winger. Created numerous chances, especially in the second half and his pace, tricky and movement caused the visitors problems throughout. Question is can he produce consistently in the Premiership?

Tommy Smith

Man of the match performance from the ever willing ex-Derby County man. Netted the all important second goal soon after the break and continually beat his man before putting over telling crosses that set up goal scoring opportunities.

Moses Ashikodi

Excellent debut from the 19-year-old and scored after chasing an apparent lost cause. Early signs suggest he has the personality and ability to become a huge Vicarage Road favourite, providing he can keep both feet on the ground and improve his fitness.

Darius Henderson

Recalled in the absence of the suspended Tamas Priskin, but did not look like breaking his goal scoring drought. Lack of goals has predictably affected his confidence, and although still working as hard as ever, will become under severe pressure if Aidy Boothrody is successful in snaring Collins John from Fulham.

Toumani Diagouraga

Shored up the midfield after replacing the ineffectual Damien Francis, albeit against admittedly tiring players. Long term future at the club looks uncertain with the capture of Lee Williamson from Rotherham United.

Ashley Young

Cameo display from Watford's man of the moment. Predictably looked a class above anyone else when he took to the field late on, but will he or the club rebuff all would-be suitors during the January transfer window?

Lloyd Doyley

Replaced Malky Mackay who was taken off as a precaution after picking up a knock late on. Won a couple of important tackles, but has he the vision of passing to win a regular place back in the side?

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