Halloween has been and gone, and the Imps are just tucked into the top half of the table.
It’s been a challenging month, at times, but the fact is we’ve only lost one of our last six league games, all in October. That came from a penalty early doors, so are we heading in the right direction? People love a form table, but only when we’re high in the league and low in the table; actually, our current form is top ten quality. Still, we don’t let a little thing like facts cloud our judgement, do we?
As you know, after every game, you have the ability to rate the players on the site, and from there I can work out your Player of the Month. Last month, Josh Griffiths took the top spot, but who has claimed the same for October?
To recap, these are the rules.
- To qualify, a player must have played in at least 50% of the games that month.
- Players who play fewer than 15 minutes will not have their rating counted, but it will count as an appearance.
- If two players are tied, the player with more appearances will be placed highest
I think that’s it; if anything else comes to me, I’ll work it in later!
Without further ado, let’s crack on, shall we.
3rd – Dan N’Lundulu 6.98
Dan got his first goal this month, and has got into good positions on a couple of occasions. He’s been awarded Man of the Match by you guys for two matches in a row now, and something just seems to have clicked. There’s a good player in Dan; he’s powerful, direct and I think he could have a big late Autumn spell. His performance against Wigan earned him an 8.3 rating, his best of the season so far, and it helped earn us a valuable and unexpected three points.
2nd – Lewis Montsma 7.31
There’s no doubt the Dutch master is getting back to his best, and he’s one of only two players to score more than seven this month. Personally, I think that’s harsh, given we’re top ten in the form table for the month, but perception is everything. The perception of Lewis was certain – he had a good month. Like N’Lundulu, he grabbed consecutive Man of the Match awards, against Wimbledon and Sheffield Wednesday. His leveller at Hillsborough was a big moment in our club’s history, our first visit there in many years, and it certainly spurred him on. He looks to be the first choice centre back now, partnered by whichever other Player is fit at the time.
1st – Chris Maguire 7.44
I think we’re seeing why Michael brought the fiery Scot into the club in his recent performances. He hasn’t bagged a goal as yet, but like the other two, he did get back-to-back Man of the Matches, against Sunderland and Charlton. He was 0.1 points behind Dan in the last two games too; he’s been consistent and looks a huge danger. I’m not sure what I like about him more; he’s obviously skilful and forward-thinking, but I admire the attitude more than anything; he gets stuck in, and right back at the beginning of the month, his actions for Scully’s late penalty against Plymouth showed experience and nous. Whatever it is that impressed you, he’s your Player of the Month.
August: Anthony Scully 7.54
September: Josh Griffiths 7.90