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.

By The Newsroom
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