GK Darryl Flahavan | Minutes on pitch: 90 | Goals Conceded: 0 | Rating: 6.5
RB Duncan Jupp | Minutes on pitch: 90 | Goals: 0 | Assists: 0 | Rating: 7
Another solid performance for the ever-improving right-back. As ever, Jupp offered his services as an attacking option and it was a common sight to see him supporting Mark Bentley down the right hand side. Equally, the 30-year-old Scotsman was comfortable defensively and I can’t actually remember him having any problems whatsoever with
CB Efetobore Sodje | Minutes on pitch: 90 | Goals: 0 | Assists: 0 | Rating: 7
Steve Tilson once explained on the signing of international defender Efe Sodje: “I signed Sodje for one reason – to clear the ball”. The 32-year-old certainly did that during this game. Every time a
CB Adam Barrett | Minutes on pitch: 90 | Goals: 0 | Assists: 0 | Rating: 7
It was another game where Adam Barrett shone at the back for the Blues. The 26-year-old regularly went on a few of his mazing runs, and whilst he sometimes lost the ball he always seemed to win the ball back.
LB Che Wilson | Minutes on pitch: 90 | Goals: 0 | Assists: 1 | Rating: 6.5
Che can be pleased to have regained his place in the starting eleven, and more importantly having a good enough game to secure that place in the team. Che played an important part in the first goal, supporting Mark Gower on the left and playing the pass to him for the cross that was never cleared by the
RM Mark Bentley | Minutes on pitch: 90| Goals: 0 | Assists: 1 | Rating: 7
The former Dagenham & Redbridge midfielder again performed well out of position, and is starting to really make the right hand side of the pitch his own. Linking up well with Duncan Jupp, Bentley often caused Town left-back Andy Gurney problems, and it was only a matter of time until the 27-year-old finally punished Swindon for their inability to defend, crossing the ball into the area for Luke Guttridge to score with the goalkeeper out of position.
CM Kevin Maher | Minutes on pitch: 90 | Goals: 0 | Assists: 0 | Rating: 6.5
Whilst Luke Guttridge was busy doing the creative work that would win him the man-of-the-match award, Kevin Maher was busy doing the hard graft as per usual in the middle of the midfield, scrapping to create attacking opportunities and stop potential attacks from the visitors with clever interceptions. I am not going to go on about how the clubs captain never fully gets the credit he deserves, I have done that for the majority of the season, however Luke Guttridge would struggle without the help of the former Tottenham trainee in the midfield, and equally Maher finds things hard without Guttridge.
CM Luke Guttridge| Minutes on pitch: 69 | Goals: 1 | Assists: 1 | Rating: 8 (motm)
LM Mark Gower| Minutes on pitch: 90 | Goals: 1 | Assists: 0 | Rating: 7.5
Friday night saw a rejuvenated Mark Gower. The
CF Freddy Eastwood| Minutes on pitch: 90 | Goals: 0 | Assists: 0 | Rating: 6.5
Freddy had a frustrating evening. The former Grays man was desperate to get in on the act and grab a goal. However it was probably the fact that he was desperate that prevented him from doing so, he was impatient and scuffed a couple of shots. However, the sooner Eastwood gets a goal the better, as it is now no goals in five games for the 22-year-old.
CF Wayne Gray | Minutes on pitch: 90| Goals: 0 | Assists: 0 | Rating: 6.5
The Swindon defence crowded both Eastwood and Gray out of the game, however whilst Gray couldn’t muster up a goal, he did very well, holding up the ball to good effect and playing a part in the first goal due to this attribute. Because the
CF Shaun Goater| Mins on pitch: 21| Goals: 0 | Assists: 0 | Rating: 6.5
It was great to see the goat back at Roots Hall again, even if he was out of sorts the last time the Seasiders faithful did see the former
LM Mitchell Cole| Mins on pitch: 21| Goals: 0 | Assists: 0 | Rating: 7
Cole came on at the same time as Goater, and looked incredibly sharp. Having had a long time on the substitutes bench and in the reserves, the former Grays winger looked hungry for action and gave Andy Gurney just as many problems as Mark Gower had done whilst he was on the left-wing. Having replaced Luke Guttridge, the fear was that the midfield would not be as strong as it was, but that worry was quashed as Cole always looked a threat – more so when he was given the ball.
By Adam Duffill
By Adam Duffill