ADVER Sport assess the performances of the Swindon Town players following the club’s 5-2 victory at home to Northampton Town on New Year’s Day.

Jojo Wollacott: 7

Helpless for either goal and made four saves otherwise – one of which prevented a potential goal-of-the-season contender. That was a tough afternoon in the wind and dealing with Northampton’s sizable defenders climbing all over him at corners, but I thought Wollacott did well.

Kaine Kesler-Hayden: 7

Kesler-Hayden kept Ali Koiki pretty quiet throughout and still managed to create a couple of dangerous opportunities too. Booked.

Rob Hunt: 6

A performance of two halves, in my opinion. He was pretty sub-standard prior to the break, although he emerged much improved in the second half. Booked for a cynical foul and gave away the free-kick which led to the first goal. Booked.

Akin Odimayo: 8

It was a mature display from the 22-year-old who showed power in the air and speed across the ground. He won the majority of his headers and kept Danny Rose extremely quiet.

Ellis Iandolo: 7

Playing slightly out of position, Iandolo was caught out for the first goal. Aside from that, he won a lot in the air and even managed to get forward a few times.

Jack Payne: 7

Asked to fill in at left wing-back, Payne did a decent job and semi provided the assist for the game’s first goal. His knee injury is not currently thought to be serious – Garner is hopeful it’s just an impact injury and he should be fine for Man City. Subbed.

Louis Reed: 8

Reed kept Town’s clock ticking by pulling the strings in midfield. His passing was slick and accurate, and he was unlucky not to score via a free-kick before McKirdy tidied up anyway. The proud owner of two assists. Subbed.

Jordan Lyden: 7

Making his first league start all season, Lyden looked a tad rusty at first but felt his way into the game and provided capable support to Reed in the form of recovery tackles and ball distribution.

Jonny Williams: 8

Williams provided that spark Swindon were severely lacking against Stevenage with clever runs, turns, and passes. Somehow, he ended the game without an assist or a goal, but he still managed to play a significant part in the win. Subbed.

Tyreece Simpson: 9

Glaring miss aside, Simpson was magnificent throughout. He showed good pace, dominant strength, and he looked sharp in the final third. The frustration from fans surrounding his ability can come from the inconsistency in his game, but the 19-year-old certainly showed the upper end of his potential against Northampton. A fully-deserved goal was his 10th of the campaign.

Harry McKirdy: 10

He scored four goals. But seriously, what else needs to be said? The striker upped his season tally to 10 – all of which have been first-time finishes. Simply outstanding.


Ben Gladwin: 6

Gladwin was able to enjoy some freedom when he came on as the game was done. He took advantage of that by trying a couple of optimistic shots, but who can blame him?

Romoney Crichlow: 6

It was good to see Crichlow back after a lengthy spell out through injury. He looked comfortable in his time on the pitch too – a nice confidence-boosting cameo.

Ryan East: N/A

Came on too late to receive a rating.