Hatters rated v Newport County

Dean Brill: 7 – Pulled off one brilliant reaction stop and made several other fine saves, but unnecessarily punched far too often which led to Newport’s second equaliser.

Wednesday, 17th April 2013, 9:00 am

Lathaniel Rowe-Turner: 6 – Sliced clearance led to County’s equaliser, but it was small blot on a decent performance that had seen him recover well to clear off the line in the first half.

Steve McNulty: 6 – Another bullish performance from Town’s commanding captain, but maybe could have won a little more in the air at times.

Alex Lawless: 7 – Thriving in the hole between the midfield and forwards and was harshly treated to be shown a yellow card for playing on after the referee’s whistle.

Jon Shaw: 6.5 – Desperately unlucky to see his 35-yard half-volley clip the bar as he led the line well, showing good strength and linked the play intelligently.

David Martin: 6.5 – Winger is blossoming on the left-hand prong of Town’s 4-3-3 formation and is supplying plenty of ammo into the middle as well as threatening himself.

Matt Robinson: 7 – Youngster is coming of age in midfield and is showing to his boss he might already be ready for a first team spot.

Jonathan Smith: 6 – Contained the lively Willmott and largely neutralised the ex-Town star’s threat, but the combative midfielder is not the answer to Luton right-back conundrum.

Andre Gray: 7.5 – Frightened the Exiles with his pace and tenacity, got a good connection for his first goal, fired home an unstoppable second, but should have had a hat-trick when he dinked over the bar.

Solomon Taiwo: 6: Class is clear to see but needs to bring it to bear more readily, especially with the attacking options ahead of him.

Scott Griffiths: 6 – Quiet night for the Luton left-back who put in a largely assured performance as he continues to get back up to pace.

Jake Howells (sub): 6 – Good to see him back in the squad but has a lot to do to prove he can rival Lawless in the hole.

Alex Wall (sub): 6 – Quiet to start with but grew stronger the longer he was on the pitch, helping to create Gray’s second and forcing a good save out of Pidgeley.

Ratings by Mark Wood