By Michael Callander
Notts County left it late to take a 2 – 0 win over fellow playoff chasers Solihull Moors on Wednesday.
CBJ Target takes a look at who did what in a win that took the Magpies above their opponents in the National League table.
Sam Slocombe – Similar to Saturday, claimed all the crosses you’d expect him to. Had more to do than his opposite number in the first half, mopped up after a lax square pass from Reeves at the start of the second.
Dion Kelly-Evans – Stood up to block an early Jamie Ward cross out for a corner when Notts were under pressure. Played an unbelievable ball to Boldewijn at the end of the second half which gave him acres of space. Gave away a free-kick on James Ball by the corner flag in the second half, gave Moors a chance to deliver from a dangerous position. Assisted the assist for Notts’ second, as he gave it to Rodrigues on the right of the area.
Alex Lacey – Many of Solihull’s chances came down the flanks, but dealt with what he had to deal with. Had to contend with Solihull’s 6’9 striker Kyle Hudlin but he didn’t have any clear-cut chances despite his aerial threat. A Rolls-Royce on the ball
Connell Rawlinson – Did well not to foul Jamie Ward as he stole onto a lax Reeves pass at the start of the second half, allowing Slocombe to collect.
Calvin Miller – Looked tricky down the left and played some decent balls into Effiong and Wootton in the first half. Busy throughout, like Kelly-Evans in chasing down every ball available. Booked for a poor challenge on James Ball in injury time.
Michael Doyle – Steady in midfield as we’ve come to expect, can ping one on his left but I worry that being so reliant on his left makes him easy to press. Often looks like he’ll get caught in possession as he shifts it, but usually keeps himself out of danger.
Jake Reeves – Booked in the first half. Might have received a second yellow for a soft foul on Jamie Ward but Notts were spared 55 minutes with ten men. Deliveries weren’t the best in the first half, didn’t reach the levels we enjoyed in the draw with Torquay. Gave it away needlessly early in the second half, needed Slocombe to bail him out. Didn’t start the second half at all well against Torquay either.
Enzio Boldewijn – Didn’t take advantage of a peach of a cross-field delivery from Kelly-Evans, fired a tame effort straight down Ryan Boot’s throat. Out on the right again so couldn’t cut in on his stronger foot, limited his influence. Danced towards the box in the last ten minutes and fed Wootton for the winner.
Jim O’Brien – Recovered what might have been a dangerous loose ball at the end of the first half. Replaced by Ruben Rodrigues on 68 minutes.
Inih Effiong – A nuisance for opposition defenders. Surprisingly quick and impressive when closing down, which he did plenty of in the first half. Saw more of the ball than on Saturday but didn’t make the most of the few chances he had. Replaced by Jimmy Knowles on 68 minutes.
Kyle Wootton – Punished for his physicality at times, as can happen all too often with target men nowadays. Gave away a Solihull free-kick in the visitors’ area which shouldn’t have been a free-kick but wasn’t a penalty either. Six of one, half a dozen of the other. Quiet until the last 15 minutes when he slid in a through ball from Boldewijn to break the deadlock, and tapped home again in the 85th minute as Rodrigues squared it across to him.
Jimmy Knowles – Replaced Inih Effiong on 68 minutes.
Ruben Rodrigues – Rested after a good performance at the weekend. Replaced Jim O’Brien on 68 minutes. Fashioned a half-chance after coming on but his shot from the edge of the area was blocked immediately. Took a touch outside and squared for Wootton to poke home his, and Notts’, second of the evening.