TOTT Ratings – Norris penalty heroics inspires rescue mission

TOTT takes a look at the performances from yesterday’s 1-1 draw at home to Lincoln in The FA Cup first round

Will Norris

Norris provided the platform for Town to go on and rescue the tie with a two key second half saves. Firstly the on loan Wolves stopper denied a flowing Lincoln counter attack with a smart save denying Jack Payne followed by his penalty save. If Tyler Walker’s penalty went in then make no mistake about it, Town would have been dumped out of the cup. But thanks to Norris Town live to fight another day!

TOTT Rating – 8

Janoi Donacien

A Town career which looks to be coming to an end. Janoi Donacien was overlooked by boss Paul Lambert in the midweek win at Rochdale, preferring Gwion Edwards. The former Accrington man didn’t do a lot wrong against The Imps and will get another chance to impress Lambert against Colchester on Tuesday.

TOTT Rating – 6

James Wilson

The former Imps defender was labelled a ‘reject’ by the strong away contingent but it was another solid display from Wilson. He survived what looked a nailed on penalty shout in the first half and was often in the right place to snuff out any Imps attack.

TOTT Rating – 6

Toto Nsiala

The likeable centre half like Donacien had the chance to impress Lambert, but again like Donacien, didn’t really take his chance. It was a typical Toto performance, moments of sloppiness, moments of brilliant and very rarely much in between. It was Nsiala who very nearly gifted Lincoln the game after his clumsy tackle on Hesketh gave away a penalty, luckily Norris saved the day. Would appear Nsiala is well and truly fourth choice now behind skipper Luke Chambers, ball playing Luke Woolfenden and the no nonsense James Wilson.

TOTT Rating – 5

Myles Kenlock

While the Imps’s goal came from Kenlock’s area of the pitch, Kenlock was probably the pick of Town’s back four. In the second half he was constantly up and down the left hand side, providing the assist for Andre Dozzell’s equaliser. As always a willing runner but will continue to be Luke Garbutt’s deputy this season.

TOTT Rating – 7

Andre Dozzell

Surprisingly operating on the right hand side in the first half, Dozzell’s performance was going like many before, good ideas but not always executed as planned. His move to a central area was the key change at half time, moving to a 4-3-3. Dozzell then dictated the match, coming deep and getting the ball of the back four and often trying the penetrating pass. Dozzell rescued the tie for Town with a lovely curling effort from the edge of the box. More of the same please Andre!

TOTT Rating – 8

Anthony Georgiou

Finally given a first start by Paul Lambert, the Spurs loanee, rather like Town grew into the game. It looked more and more likely that if Town were to score it would come down the left hand side, which eventually arrived ten minutes from time. Georgiou has plenty of skill and pace with a low centre of gravity, causing defenders a real problem. Put across several low hard crosses which on another day could have easily been converted into a Town goal.

TOTT Rating – 7

Flynn Downes

The energetic midfielder was the one bright spark in the first half and continued his display after the break. Setting up Will Keane for a first half chance and then getting a couple of shots away after the break, the latter nearly rifling in the top corner. Despite picking up a first half yellow card for a ‘professional’ foul, another good performance by Downes.

TOTT Rating – 7

Emyr Huws

Town’s skipper for the day, Huws often kept the ball moving throughout the game. Could have been more forward thinking in his passing but another 90 minutes in his legs in a solid if not spectacular display.

TOTT Rating – 6

Armando Dobra

Dobra started alongside Will Keane in a 4-4-2 formation, often frustrated in the first half, picking up a yellow card along the way. Moved out wide after the break before being replaced by Gwion Edwards.

TOTT Rating – 6

Will Keane

As with the feature carried out on TOTT, Will Keane is not a target man. The ball was rarely sticking up top, not all done to Keane though as some of his service was average at best. Nearly connected with a low cross on more than one occasion, played better in the second half with the ball into his feet rather than the aerial duels with Jason Shackell.

TOTT Rating – 6

Subs

Gwion Edwards

Subbed on for Dobra just past the hour mark, tried to inject some pace and direct running for the final 30 minutes.

TOTT Rating – 6

Danny Rowe and James Norwood didn’t play long enough to get a rating out of the match.

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