Loanee round up 22/8/09

By Dan Buxton
Last updated : 23 August 2009

Ben Marshall

Ben was initailly credited with the opening goal before his cross cum shot was recredited to striker Ade Akinfenwa, so just an assist on that one but the youngster was not to be denied and late on he seized on a rebound and finished well to open his competitive account.

Apart from the goal and assist he also went close with a couple of other strikes at goal and whipped in many dangerous crosses after leaving his full back for dead time and time again.

He also showed great defensive awareness when dropping back and filling in for his own full back when the defender bombed past him in attack.

Gazman, posting on the Hotel End forum, that rated Marshall's performance as 8.5/10, had the following to say:

'Another quality performance. Excellent on the counter, covered the right back position when Rogers pushed on, tore the left back apart.
My only criticism is he could look at passing a little earlier than he does at times. A few times yesterday he could have picked players out on the overlap and with the right ball could have released McKay through for a one on one.
Its only a small criticism though and an excusable one given the result, his age and his overall performance and commitment.
How he didnt get in the Crewe team last season is beyond me'.

whilst on a thread entitled 'Ben Marshall is class'  I found these comments:

Tony_Yeboah 'Stands out an absolute mile at this level. Got a lovely first touch, takes his man on well and a decent cross. Have no chance of signing him full time but I think he's an excellent addition,'

12.M.O.S. 'It's his commitment to the cause I admire most, epeically in a loan player. You can'y buy or train that'

Patmore 'He did very well. For me, by far his most attractive attribute is the quality of his final ball.

The cross for Bayo's goal, the cross he dropped onto McKay's toe at the far post (after a skillful and determined run all of his own making) and the pass into McKay which eventuallyally led to the final goal were his best moments. Whilst he's still a long way from the finished article, they all oused class to be fair.'

Danzelle St.Louis-Hamilton

Kept goal well during the Motormens 1-1 draw away at Hinkley and, according to reports, kept them in the game with numerous saves. Has impressed the supporters there and will be hoping to gain more first team experience and confidence before his scheduled return in January.

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