This is the first article in what I hope will be a series that is warmly received.
As many of you know, we have introduced a rating widget, which allows you to rate the players out of ten for every game. I can compile those stats and name a Player of the Month, and an Individual Performance of the Month, as well as the collective best (and worst) performances from the team. It interests me and hopefully, we’ll see if it interests you as well.
The Imps played eight times in October, winning five, drawing one and losing two. If you so desire, you can test your knowledge of the month here, although it may pay you to finish this article before you do; you might find an answer or two lurking within.
I do have some disclaimers to drop in. Firstly, I think to be counted as a possible Player of the Month, you must have started more than half of the matches; it would be unfair for a player who appeared once against Mansfield, for instance, to get an eight and finish above a player with a rating spread across all eight fixtures.
So, without further ado, shall we count down the top three players of the month, as rated by you?
Players who finished outside the top three, but picked up a Man of the Match award, are mentioned here. Harry Anderson earned an overall rating of 7.27, which anyone who plays Football Manager would be happy with. He stood out against Crewe, picking up one Man of the Match, a feat he repeated against Ipswich Town. Alex Palmer had a solid month too, he was your Man of the Match for the Doncaster game, finishing the month of 7.20. Finally, Conor McGrandles was the best of a bad bunch against Bristol Rovers, earning a 7.1 to pick up his Man of the Match award. Lewis Montsma and James Jones made up the top six along with Anderson, neither earning a MOM, but scoring 7.41 and 7.27 respectively. For all those Football Manager fans, 10 of the 20 players were used had an average rating, as decided by you, of higher than 7.00.
3 – Brennan Johnson (7.49)
Johnson just pips Montsma, Anderson and James Jones to third place, having appeared in six of the eight fixtures. In that time, he picked up two Man of the Match awards too, for his heroics against Blackpool, and his goal and penalty against Plymouth. He twice had an average above 8.00 and came close with a 7.80 in the match against Crewe. There is little doubt the Forest loanee’s impact has been huge and he’s set to be a key player throughout the coming season.
2 – Joe Walsh (7.60)
Walsh is set to be out for six weeks, which is a blow seeing as you voted him the second-best player of the month. He appeared four times, just enough to ensure his stats were viable for the award. In that time he scored one 8.00, against Fleetwood on his Imps senior debut, and a 7.9 against Crewe for an assured performance. His injury news is hard to take, but Adam Jackson started the season as the first choice, which proves we have strength in depth.
1 – Jorge Grant (7.62)
Your Stacey West Player of the Month is also the player we sponsor, vice-captain Jorge Grant. The former Forest man has been in utterly superb form, picking up two Man of the Match Awards against Mansfield Town and Fleetwood. His scores were consistent too, with 7.7 (Blackpool), 7.8 (Mansfield), 7.9 (Plymouth, Ipswich and Crewe) and an 8.2 against Fleetwood. Even more remarkable, the midfielder appeared in all eight matches, with Harry Anderson, TJ Eyoma and Conor McGrandles the only other players to do so.
Next page – best overall outing, worst overall outing and best stand out performance