ADVER Sport assess the performances of the Swindon Town players following the club’s 3-1 win over Hartlepool United on Tuesday night.

Jojo Wollacott: 7

Wollacott made a couple of important saves on a night where he was regularly force-fed poor or unnecessary back-passes. He dealt with most of them well, and was helpless for the goal.

Kaine Kesler-Hayden: 8

The flying wing-back was Town’s primary attacking threat for a lot of the game, and he played his part in the first goal to help kick things off. He exudes confidence, and was one of Town’s stand-out performers.

Rob Hunt: 6

While he was competent defensively, he chose to play backwards far too often. Even Garner mentioned some of his players were too negative with their decision-making during the post-match press conference. I’d assume one of them was Hunt. Perhaps the win will allow some more freedom in future home games?

Dion Conroy: 6

A superb last-stitch tackle was the highlight in a game where Conroy didn’t look totally comfortable. Hartlepool’s pace was a threat, and Cullen gave him and his teammates a tough evening at times.

Akin Odimayo: 6

Odimayo made a few good tackles and remained as aggressive as possible. Another guilty member of the played-it-backwards-too-often party though.

Ellis Iandolo: 6

Iandolo looked sound defensively, but his crossing was woeful in the first half. It definitely improved in the second, but Reagan Ogle kept him honest as well, and that’s where Hartlepool’s goal came from.

Louis Reed: 6

Maybe I have higher expectations these days, but I didn’t feel Reed was his influential self against Hartlepool. He was steady, but nothing more than that as others shone around him. Subbed.

Jack Payne: 7

Payne seemed to be all over the pitch and came to the fore late on as Hartlepool tired. Another brilliantly-taken goal capped off a home win that is long overdue.

Jonny Williams: 8

Williams was rightly given man of the match by the sponsors and was singled out for praise by his manager afterwards too. Certainly one of Williams’ best performances in a Town shirt. Subbed.

Harry McKirdy: 6

The returning McKirdy was pretty quiet throughout but provided a lovely assist for the opening goal. However, clearly he hasn’t learned his lesson from the suspension as he was booked for unnecessarily kicking the ball away after a foul. Booked. Subbed.

Tyreece Simpson: 7

Simpson was aggressive, his hold-up play was good, and he scored the kind of goal I feel he should perhaps score more often. It’s a pleasure watching him when he’s in the mood.


Ben Gladwin: 5

Gladwin was lackadaisical with the ball and immobile off it. But I don’t really blame the player on this occasion – I don’t think the substitution was the right one. Luckily it didn’t end up costing Town in the end.

Ryan East: N/A

Came on too late to receive a rating.

Jordan Lyden: N/A

Came on too late to receive a rating.