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Dr Fishy's Player Of The Year - Week 8

By: Dr Fishy
Date: 06/07/2002

NOW that the distraction of the World Cup is over, I can now continue my top 20 chart of Town players and this week sees the entry of both eighth and seventh place. One is a striker, and the other is a midfielder: between them they have had 45 marks.

In eighth place we have a player who started well early in the season but then suffered an injury and failed to regain his place in the team. With an overall average rating of C+ Jonny Rowan is in eighth place.

After 15 grades during the course of the season, he totalled 126 points and that gave him a rating of 8.4 out of ten. He only ever got a C+ once but nevertheless, that was his average grade for a largely impressive season.

His best grade was a B+ and I think he got this on a few occasions but his performance against Stockport in the 3-3 draw stood out. His worst mark was just a C- and that might have come in the home game against Gillingham.

Rather obviously, Rowan's best run of the season came over all his 15 games because he avoided getting any Ds in that time. However, his worst run was over just three games, showing he wasted little time in getting another grade B or above.

Overall Rowan may not have got an A, but he received eight Bs and seven Cs. Not a bad record for a youngster who started the season with very few appearances behind him. He is surely one for the future.

Now we move on into seventh place, and some fans may be surprised to see the name of Alan Pouton here. He has failed to reach the top five but he still earns a respectable overall grade of C+ after 30 marks.

In those 30 games where I graded him, he picked up 252 points equating to an average score of 8.4 out of ten. He received a C+ 30% of the time (nine in total) so last season shows Pouton consistently played to a good standard.

His best grade was an A- and this surely came in the 6-2 win over Wimbledon when Pouton scored a hat trick. He also got graded very highly at Liverpool (like most other players).

His worst mark was a D+, which he received twice over the season. I'm struggling to remember when these marks where handed out, bearing in mind that the former York City player missed games between the beginning of December and February.

Pouton's best run came over two 12-game spells during the season, showing grade Ds are few and far between. His worst run was over five games, so it never took him too long to regain his form.

In total Pouton got one A, 13 Bs, 14 Cs and two Ds. It's a record to be proud of, although in just about every single report I made on Pouton, I found myself criticising his left foot and its lack of use.

So there we are, another two down. That's 14 down and six to go. Next week I will be bringing you sixth and fifth place, and that consists of one defender and one striker. I'll keep you guessing until next week

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