Swindon Town saw their undefeated season ended on the road against table toppers Notts County with a 3-1 defeat.

David McGoldrick gave the hosts an early lead before two goals followed in a two-minute spell as Macaulay Langstaff and Dan Crowley both notched. Tyrese Shade pulled a goal back early in the second half, but it did not spark the necessary comeback.

So, how did the players perform as individuals at Meadow Lane?

GK: Murphy Mahoney – 7

Three goals conceded, but none of them could be held against Mahoney. The score could have been even worse at the break were it not for him. His double save in the second half was absolutely incredible. This is two matches in a row where he has made a save that defies belief.

RCB: Udoka Godwin-Malife – 6

He was one of the better performers in the first half. Much of what Swindon were able to do on the ball came down the right and a lot of this came from Godwin-Malife getting beyond McGoldrick. Like all of the defenders, there was some suspect positioning, but the main errors were happening elsewhere.

CB: Tom Brewitt – 5

With Swindon at sixes and sevens for a lot of the first half, it was always going to be a tough evening. However, he was often matched up with Langstaff and really struggled to keep track of him.

LCB: Frazer Blake-Tracy – 5

Blake-Tracy was much improved after the break as he showed the determination he has to try and get Swindon back into the game. But the left side of the defence was a real problem area for Swindon during the first half and Crowley’s runs into Blake-Tracy’s space was a frequent issue.

RWB: Remeao Hutton – 7

Hutton is always going to be highlighted for his defending, but up against one of the league’s best wingers, the only real error he made was a bit of misfortune for the first goal. But going the other way, Jodi Jones could not live with him, and he deserved more than just one assist.

Swindon Advertiser: Saidou Khan dribbles through midfieldSaidou Khan dribbles through midfield (Image: Callum Knowles)

CM: Saidou Khan – 4

After a very strong start to the season, Khan took too long to get going at Meadow Lane. He struggled to follow County’s runners from midfield on a number of occasions and Swindon paid the price. He improved after the break, but the damage was done.

CM: George McEachran – 5

Coming back from illness, like Khan, he was overrun during the first half. After Michael Flynn moved Kemp deeper in the second half, Town had more of a foothold, and he got back to the string-pulling midfielder that he is.

LWB: Tariq Uwakwe – 4

This is fast becoming a dodgy patch for Uwakwe. There were far too many occasions where he lost track of Aaron Nemane and that allowed the Magpies to overwhelm Swindon in the first half. With Shade coming on and having an impact, it will be interesting to see who starts at Valley Parade.

CAM: Dan Kemp – 5

With Swindon hemmed in for much of the first half and Notts County controlling the midfield, Kemp never really found the space he thrives in to influence the match. He found a bit more room after the break and caused a few problems, but Kemp is capable of much more.

Swindon Advertiser: Dan Kemp in position during the second halfDan Kemp in position during the second half (Image: Callum Knowles)

ST: Charlie Austin – 5

Another player whom the flow of the first half did not suit, as Austin is never going to be at his best in counter-attacking situations. When Swindon did get forward, he was a presence in the box, but the defenders did very well to get in front of all his efforts.

ST: Rushian Hepburn-Murphy – 6

Hepburn-Murphy has been far better than this this season, but he had the fight throughout to look to make things happen. His running, either in behind or from deep, was a constant thorn in the side of Notts County, he just couldn’t quite find the finishing touch. The question also needs to be asked about what he needs to do to win a penalty.


Tyrese Shade – 7

Flynn has had some choice words for Shade in recent weeks, but he answered many of those questions last night. Coming into a game that was already lost at half-time, he wanted to get on the ball and make things happen, which he was able to do with his header.

Jake Young – 5

Young was again playing a bit too wide to get the goals that had been flowing so easily for him in the opening weeks of the season. He had no touches in the middle of the box and struggled to impact the game in a material way.

Liam Kinsella – 5

I think the best point to be made about Swindon’s squad depth is Kinsella coming on when you are chasing the game. He is an energetic player, and he won the ball back well, but he is not a player you turn to to try and unlock a defence.