After the match between Notts County and Leyton Orient finished 0 – 0, it was possibly a surprise as to who we thought the man of the match was. It was a strong team that Derry put out for this match with terrific performances coming from the whole team. But there was one man who stood out and that was debutant striker, Nathan Tyson.
The 31-year-old striker, on a one month loan at Notts County from Blackpool, is no stranger in Nottingham having played for Nottingham Forest and rivals Derby several seasons ago. He doesn’t have long to make an impact but certainly made one today, causing the Orient defence all sorts of problems with his pace and strength.
He could and probably should have scored after 2 minutes, wasting a great chance in the box after an error from the Orient defender. He only had a couple more chances during the game but it was his work rate and the way he led the line for the team that he clearly cares about and wants to help that meant he was man of the match today. He ran the channels well and challenged for every header that came his way. He had the beating of the Orient defenders all game and was unlucky not to get a goal that would merit his and the team’s performance as a whole. He also held the ball up well, bringing in the midfielders whilst also chasing down every lost cause.
It hasn’t been an easy time for him, as he mentioned after the game, he struggled to get playing time at Blackpool. But it hasn’t affected his speed, strength and desire to carry on and score goals for his team. If he keeps performing like that, I see no reason why he shouldn’t stay for the rest of the season instead of just this month. The fans, the team and the player himself wants that in the hope that he can help Notts County get out of relegation and to help his career get back on track.
Another player who could have won man of the match was Manny Smith who was also outstanding at the back, not letting anything get past him. He was key in getting a clean sheet against the team who are currently second in the league. But today was all about Nathan Tyson who led the line for a team who didn’t look like they were struggling at the foot of the table and if Notts County play like that for the remaining 11 fixtures, I can definitely see them staying up this season.