Notts County man of the match: Hat-trick hero Garry Thompson

On any other day Notts County’s outstanding team performance would have made picking a man of the match the most difficult of tasks.

However, in the 5-3 victory over Crawley Town, in what was a thoroughly entertaining game, Garry Thompson bagged himself a perfect hat-trick and in doing so saw himself steal the crown.

His tireless performance created so much for County going forward and his persistence in and around the box was rewarded with the first hat-trick of his professional career.

The Magpies were dominant, despite a shaky 10 minutes at the beginning of the second half threatening to undo all their hard work.

Thompson opened the scoring with a neat finish from the left after latching onto a tidy through ball to slot home, low past Brian Jensen in the Crawley goal.

His second came as a County corner was cleared, only as far as Jordan Cranston whose chipped ball was flicked on by Haydn Hollis, straight to the feet of Thompson who stabbed home from close range.

Thompson completed his perfect hat-trick with a towering header after another Stephen McLaughlin corner landed perfectly on his head.

After the game Thompson said: “It was all about the three points but a bit of personal glory is always nice.”

County were dominant in the wide areas and Stephen McLaughlin and Zeli Ismail could both make strong cases for man of the match themselves.

Creatively County were excellent, winning countless corners and free kicks as well as breaking with speed and intensity.

But when the final whistle blew it was Thompson’s goals that won County the game and him our man of the match.

Nathan Parker


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