ADVER Sport assess the performances of the Swindon Town players following the club’s 2-1 FA Cup second-round victory over Walsall on Saturday.

Jojo Wollacott: 8

While he wasn’t required to do an awful lot, when he was called upon Wollacott was magnificent. His distribution was tidy in tough conditions, and he made three or four excellent saves – including a match-winning denial from Joss Labadie in added time.

Kaine Kesler-Hayden: 8

Kesler-Hayden really blossomed in the second half, and came up trumps with the winning goal by showing excellent attacking instinct. A superb day overall for the teenager from Birmingham.

Rob Hunt: 4

Hunt had been impressive of late, but this was his worst game in a while in my opinion. His tackling was weak, he got caught ball-watching more than once, and his passing was iffy. I’d back him to bounce back as he’s usually quite consistent.

Dion Conroy: 7

Conroy won an awful lot in the air and on the floor, and he also did well when the ball over the top threatened to create an uncomfortable situation. He’s having a really good season.

Akin Odimayo: 6

Odimayo was defensively sound in the air, but he made a terrible error in the lead up to Walsall’s goal with a weak, half-hearted tackle. That aside, it was a solid afternoon for the defender.

Ellis Iandolo: 6

Iandolo was quite hit and miss throughout, but huge credit to the defender for setting up the winner by busting a gut to keep McKirdy’s overhit cross in. Subbed.

Louis Reed: 6

Reed dovetailed well with Payne and tidied up while Payne played the key passes. The game sort of passed Reed by once it turned into a slugfest in the second half. Booked.

Jack Payne: 7

Payne was a key component to Town’s attacking play in the first half, though he wasn’t as influential in the second. He worked as hard as ever and picked up the assist for Town’s opener.

Jonny Williams: 6

Williams played the pantomime villain during Christmas season – the Welshman was fouled a fair amount and drew the ire of the home fans. He wasn’t involved in too many attacking moves, but linked play together well enough. Subbed.

Harry McKirdy: 6

McKirdy made a lot of good runs, and he worked pretty hard without reward. He should have done better with a second-half chance though. Subbed.

Tyreece Simpson: 7

After being brushed off the ball early on when trying to break through, Simpson immediately learned his lesson to put Swindon ahead. He’s making a habit of scoring important goals and is growing into his role as the club’s number nine.


Ben Gladwin: 6

Gladwin came on to do a defensive job, and he did what was asked of him by offering a bit of energy and cover.

Jayden Mitchell-Lawson: 5

Mitchell-Lawson had a couple of opportunities to kill the game off, one of which was guilt-edge. He was too greedy, and it could have cost Town if not for a top save by Wollacott.

Romoney Crichlow: 6

Crichlow won nearly all of his headers when he came on and provided a key block in added time.