ADVER Sport assess the performances of the Swindon Town players following their 4-2 defeat away at Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday night.

Matej Kovar: 6

I prefer to say Powell’s goal was a good finish as opposed to criticising Kovar, and the next two goals were far from the stopper’s fault. However, the fourth goal was really poor, in my eyes. Still, Kovar did make a handful of good saves otherwise on a really tough night for the team, defensively.

Paul Caddis: 4

Caddis was mainly at fault for Crewe’s first, and Powell gave him a torrid time thereafter with his speed, strength and skill. Easily the full-back’s worst game of the season. Nightmare stuff.

Jonathan Grounds: 6

Grounds was solely responsible for stopping Crewe scoring earlier than they did, courtesy of two or three timely interceptions or blocks. He was potentially caught ball-watching for the hosts’ third goal, however.

Akin Odimayo: 5

Odimayo was not really at fault for any of the goals, but he looked erratic in his positioning and was dragged around by Porter and co. throughout.

Dion Donohue: 5

Another one who didn’t enjoy his best game. His decision making was questionable at times and was often outnumbered on the flank. Whose fault that is though is up for debate.

Matt Smith: 6

Smith was asked to cover too much area of ground for my liking and as such could not have as much of an effect as he needed to. His energy was a little off as well, and he looked like he needs a rest.

Anthony Grant:  7

Grant started the game nicely with a well-taken goal before following that up with a dominant first-half display of tackling and pressing. His second 45 was much quieter though as Crewe found joy down the wings.

Jack Payne: 6

Payne helped to create a couple of chances, he was lively and showed good strength during the first half, but his second half failed to reach the same heights.

Diallang Jaiyesimi: 6

Jaiyesimi began brightly in his first start for over a month and saw his shot poked in by Tyler Smith for Town’s second before fading in the second half. Subbed.

Tyler Smith: 7

Smith’s energy was commendable throughout, and he bagged his seventh goal in 11 games by poking in Jaiyesimi’s goal-bound shot during the first half. Subbed.

Tom Broadbent: 7

Although he didn’t score on this occasion, Broadbent did all that could be expected of him as a natural defender playing up top. He won almost every header in his direction and closed down when he could. Booked. Subbed.


Jordan Stevens: 5

Stevens came on as a late substitute but barely touched the ball at a time in the game where both sides appeared to have settled for what they had.

Taylor Curran: 5

Curran held his own against the experienced Chris Porter, but Crewe were gaining so many chances near the end as the gaps began to emerge between defence and midfield, it became tough for the youngster.

Harry Parsons: N/A

Came on in the 82nd minute for his competitive Swindon Town debut.