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PLAYER RATINGS: Swindon Town (3) v (0) Port Vale
SWINDON TOWN produced the complete performance as goals from debutant Hallam Hope, Michael Doughty, and a Port Vale own goal saw them run out three-nil winners at the County Ground. Total Sport Swindon's Ryan Walker gives his Robins player ratings following the full-time whistle.
GK: Steven Benda (7.5)
Hard to recall him having to make a save as Swindon dominated today’s game. His distribution was excellent throughout in what was a very uneventful game for the German keeper.
RB: Paul Caddis (7)
Coped well against the pace of opposing winger David Worrall in the first-half but would’ve been frustrated at the lack of attacks he was involved in as the Vale defence sat deep. Passed through the second-half with little to do but another solid display from the STFC legend.
CB: Mathieu Baudry (8.5)
Back in the starting line-up after his injury layoff and part of a new centre-back partnership for the sixth time this season as he joined new recruit Rarmani Edmonds-Green at the heart of Swindon’s defence.
Didn’t put a foot wrong throughout as Vale were limited to just a handful of chances. Was given a standing ovation by the Swindon crowd after replaced by Broadbent in the 79th minute.
CB: Rarmani Edmonds-Green (8)
A shock to the system in his Swindon debut saw Edmonds-Green form part of a defence that conceded twice in Swindon’s calamitous two-nil away loss to Newport last week.
However appearing in front of the home crowd for the first time today, the 19-year-old loanee signing cut a confident figure as he and Baudry coped with everything Vale had to throw at them.
Nearly raised the roof off the County Ground with a stunning shot on the half-turn in the first-half that clipped the bar.
LB: Rob Hunt (8)
An almost-perfect performance from the full-back saw Hunt impress in equal measures in both is defensive and attacking duties. Provided the assist for Hallam Hope’s goal with a beautifully weighted cross that split the Vale defence.
CDM: Anthony Grant (9)
With Mathieu Baudry back fit, Grant was moved back into his favoured defensive midfield position after a run of games playing in central defence, and in the first-half he was at his best, breaking up play in midfield and getting Town’s attackers on the front foot.
Looked to have been seriously injured after what appeared to be a two-footed challenge by Vale’s Will Atkinson in the 33rd minute that saw the midfielder require lengthy medical attention.
Recomposed himself well and appeared to win every second ball as Swindon tightened their stranglehold on proceedings the longer the match went on. A brilliant performance from Grant.
CM: Michael Doughty (9)
Popped up in some dangerous positions throughout the first-half with his passing ability wreaking havoc amongst the Vale defenders. Fail to command the game in the fashion Swindon fans expect of the playmaker during the opening 25 minutes, but created Swindon’s second goal with his through ball playing in Hunt as the full-back hit is first time across the face of goal with Hope tapping in.
Topped off proceedings scoring Swindon’s third of the game with a superb curling free-kick from 25 yards out.
LM: Hallam Hope (8)
Having signed for the club on an 18-month contract from Carlisle during the week, big things are expected of Hallam Hope with the forward being brought in to help reduce the goal gap left by the departures of Eoin Doyle and Jerry Yates.
Struggled to get to grips with the game in the opening 25 minutes but became more dangerous as time went on.
Showed his determination to beat his man to Rob Hunt’s cross as he scored Swindon’s second of the game on the stroke of half-time.
Had a couple of half-chances in the second-half but couldn’t double his goals tally as Town ran out comfortable winners to stay top of the league. A good showing from the debutant.
CAM: Diallang Jaiyesimi (7)
A nuisance throughout as his direct running created problems amongst the defensive ranks of Port Vale. His link-up play between midfield and attack was good with the forward dropping in behind Woolery as the main source of attacking creativity.
Should’ve scored in the 67th minute after working his way into the Vale penalty area well but his shot lacked accuracy and was sent well wide.
Subbed off late in the second half.
RM: Lloyd Isgrove (6.5)
An unusual performance from the winger saw him display glimpses of his devastating early season form, however too often he allowed the game to drift by him. Delivered some good crosses into the Vale penalty area after producing some outstanding trickery to create space for himself but couldn’t be repaid with a forward converting with a header.
Isgrove stated midweek he isn’t happy with his current form but today was a step in the right direction.
ST: Kaiyne Woolery (7.5)
Replacing the goals contribution left by Doyle and Yates isn’t going to be an easy task, but an impressive display through the middle from Woolery will give Swindon fans hope.
Playing off the shoulder of Vale’s central defensive partnership of Legge and Brisley, Woolery used his pace to get in behind the opposition defence but at times lacked the calmness needed in front of goal.
Should’ve scored in the 64th minute after finding himself one-on-one with Vale’s keeper but his shot hit the post and was cleared. A solid performance that perhaps deserved a goal.