Extended player ratings: Saints 1 Scunthorpe 0

Last updated : 14 January 2008 By Saint Bobby
Starting line-up

Kelvin Davis - 8: Confident and unflappable. Made several good - although unspectacular - saves. Commanded the box well and was swift to get off his line when needed. Only fumbled the ball once and recovered well.

Gregory Vignal - 6.5: Not sure we've seen the best of him. Relatively efficient but sometimes flatters to deceive. Seems capable of working well with Surman, but they would need time to build this partnership. Still a distant 2nd choice to Skacel for this position.

Andrew Davies - 8.5 Man of the match: A cut above for a central defender at this level and an excellent signing who exudes Premiership quality. Won every header he went for and his positional play is first class. Amazed he isn't playing in the Premiership.

Wayne Thomas - 5.5: Disappointing. Perhaps he looks particularly bad merely in comparison to the superb Davies, but he seemed hesitant and accident prone. Gave the ball away far too easily on a number of occasions.

Jermaine Wright - 8: A footballer reborn. Bears no relation to the error-ridden pub league player on display earlier this season. Worked the right flank well and was far more accurate in passing and crossing than he used to be. Also showed some deft first touches. Occasionally lacked pace and allowed his man to get goal side of him though.

Drew Surman - 7: Began superbly, but had less influence on the game when he was switched to the centre of the park. Good work and precise cross for the goal. Seems to me that left midfield is by far his best position, so I wish Burely would just play him there consistently.

Jason Euell - 5: Can't understand why he was preferred to Viafara as the holding midfielder. Relatively strong, but on numerous occasions showed an utterly infuriating inability to pass the ball simply over five yards. Makes me hope Morocco are swiftly dispatched from the African Nations Cup so we can get Safri back as soon as possible.

Inigo Idiakez - 6: Clearly has an enormous level of natural ability but is too slow on the ball and tried to do the spectacular when the merely adequate would have been preferable. Would have loved him in our team four years ago, now I'm not too sure.

Adam Hamill - 6.5: A good prospect, but I'd prefer him to play as an out-and-out winger. One or two wayward crosses though, and too much of a tendency to cut inside. Seems very physically fit, however, and was running as hard and fast in the 92nd minute as in the first. Far better on the right than the left.

Gregorz Rasiak - 7: Typical languid performance, topped with a typical Greg goal. Looks quite comfortable on the ball and gets into good positions, but can someone please teach him how to jump?

Bradley Wright-Phillips - 6.5: Displays some nice footwork, but doesn't have blistering pace and I still don't fancy him to finish off anything other than the simple chances. I wonder if he might be better as a winger.


Viafara - 6.5: Works hard and can scare defences at this level. Also reasonably effective at providing defensive cover. A blood and thunder player, but doesn't look match sharp following his return from Columbia.

John - 6: Didn't do anything to reclaim his place in the starting XI. Shows good control and strength, but failed some of the simple things (like putting the ball in the net from four yards out and playing in his strike partner with a simple ball in the box). Still a quality signing, but I'd like Rasiak to get a run in the first team.

McGoldrick - 5: Okay as a squad player, I suppose, but definitely our fifth choice striker. Was surprised - and unsupportive - of Burley's decision to put him on with us just 1-0 up.

The Manager

Burley - 7: He still can't decide his favoured midfield formation, but two bonus points for signing Andrew Davies earlier this week.