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Nationwide Footie Facts OPTA INDEX
Ranking Player Team Rating
1 Gavin Ward Stoke City 761
2 Martin Taylor Wycombe Wanderers 737
3 Mark Ovendale Bournemouth 733
4 Simon Brown Colchester United 695
5 Kevin Dearden Wrexham 683
6 Gary Kelly Oldham Athletic 655
7 Tony Warner Millwall 633
8 Ben Roberts Luton Town 632
9 Teuvo Moilanen Preston North End 627
10 Phil Barnes Blackpool 606
Ranking Player Team Rating
1 Gary Doherty Luton Town 1,006
2 Aaron Skelton Colchester United 894
3 John Hills Blackpool 831
4 Graham Alexander Preston North End 760
5 Julian Watts Luton Town 744
6 Michael Jackson Preston North End 726
7 Brynjar Gunnarsson Stoke City 721
8 Jason Cousins Wycombe Wanderers 703
9 Andy Holt Oldham Athletic 702
10 Arjan De Zeeuw Wigan Athletic 695
Ranking Player Team Rating
1 Tim Cahill Millwall 1,128
2 Neil Refearn Wigan Athletic 1,069
3 Rob Edwards Preston North End 954
4 Darren Sheridan Wigan Athletic 878
5 Wayne Gill Blackpool 854
6 John Sheridan Oldham Athletic 774
7 Darren Caskey Reading 725
8 Matthew Spring Luton Town 694
9 Mark Walters Bristol Rovers 687
10 Jason Dozzell Colchester United 669
Attacking Midfielders
Ranking Player Team Rating
1 Andy Liddell Wigan Athletic 1171
2 David Eyres Preston North End 953
3 Lee Cartwright Preston North End 783
4 Graham Kavanagh Stoke City 735
5 Glen Little Burnley 664
6 Kevin Russell Wrexham 573
7 Paul Reid Bury 557
8 Ryan Williams Chesterfield 555
9 Michael Gilkes Millwall 526
10 Paul Ifill Millwall 522
Ranking Player Team Rating
1 Trevor Benjamin Cambridge United 1,161
2 Lomana Tresor Lua-Lua Colchester United 1,055
3 Iain Anderson Preston North End 974
4 Peter Thorne Stoke City 960
5 Liam George Luton Town 923
6 Tom Youngs Cambridge United 900
7 Ian Wright Burnley 856
8 Steve Whitehall Oldham Athletic 847
9 Jonathan Macken Preston North End 846
10 Jason Bowen Cardiff City 820

Opta Nationwide Football League
Division Two Index
[matches played 
  1 March- 29 March 2000]

Top Man: He may be one of the few Englishmen left in the Stoke team, but Gavin Ward has been performing miracles. He has a Wembley appearance to look forward to as well as the team look forward to a productive end of season.
Riser: Phil Barnes of Blackpool has regained the green jersey at Bloomfield Road and has done enough to sneak into the latest Index with some good displays.

Top Man: Luton defender Gary Doherty has been instrumental in Luton's good form this season. The young Irishman looks easily capable of stepping up to a higher level soon.
Riser: Wycombe may have sold Matty Lawrence to Millwall, but club legend Jason Cousins is more than capable of filling the gap. He moves up to eighth place.

Top Man: Aussie schemer Tim Cahill is still in first place in the Index. He inspired the Lions to a 3-0 win over Bristol Rovers last weekend and is surely one of the best players in the lower divisions.
Riser: Blackburn may not have wanted him, but Wayne Gill has jumped at his chance at Steve McMahon's Blackpool. Four goals in his first four games were a beacon to the long-suffering Seasiders fans.

Attacking midfielders
Top Man: Wigan have regained their early-season form in recent weeks and creative Andy Liddell is one of the reasons. The pint-sized gem has helped create goals for players such as Simon Haworth in some fine wins.
Riser: Millwall may have a predominantly young team, but veteran winger Michael Gilkes has been as good as ever. His teasing crosses have helped the Lions towards the top of Division Two.

Top Man: Trevor Benjamin has done superbly well since his strike partner Martin Butler left for Reading. He is leading the line well for the U's and it looks like he may guide them to Division Two safety.
Riser: Benjamin's new strike partner is the prodigiously talented Tom Youngs. He has burst onto the scene with five goals in the last five games for Roy McFarland's battling side. 

* A team of specially-trained Opta analysts monitor and record every touch of the ball in the FA Carling Premiership, Nationwide Football League and Bank of Scotland Scottish Premier League using state-of-the-art digital voice-recognition software. Each touch is awarded plus or minus points based on a system originally devised in conjunction with former England coach Don Howe. The Opta database then averages out each player's scores over the last six games to produce the Index, widely considered to be the quintessential guide to player form. Players must have played at least 225 minutes over the last six games to qualify.

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