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PLAYER RATINGS: Swindon Town (6) Crawley Town (0)
Jake Young scored four goals for the first time in his career and set up another as Swindon Town demolished Crawley Town 6-0. Total Sport’s Joe Acklam reviews the players’ individual performances.
Ratings scale: 10- won the game on their own, 9- unplayable, 8- outstanding, 7- very good, 6- good, 5- solid, 4- disappointing, 3- awful, 2- woeful, 1- frequent major errors
GK: Murphy Mahoney – 6
Wasteful finishing from Crawley, particularly in the first half, meant this was the least busy that Mahoney has been so far this season. However, he remained alert and even made a fine save at 5-0 to make sure Swindon got their first clean sheet of the season.
RCB: Udoka Godwin-Malife – 7
Watching Godwin-Malife continues to be a true joy as he pops up all over the field, but without ever being caught out in defence. His ability on the ball changed the game for Swindon, as he could undo the aggressive press which caused Town so many problems early in the game.
CB: Tom Brewitt – 6
Brewitt’s role is to be the sensible one in the defence and so when Swindon start to runaway with the game, he will not be overly prominent. He did his defensive work well and didn’t give the ball away, so it was a solid afternoon.
LCB: Frazer Blake-Tracy – 6
In a game like this one, the defenders don’t have as much of an opportunity to impact proceedings. Blake-Tracy read the game well when he had to, and his decision to step forward and win the ball on a few occasions created good chances.
RWB: Remeao Hutton – 7
The Young and Kemp show that is airing at the moment means that Hutton is a less crucial part of the attack than he was last season. With that said he continues to give full-backs nightmares and his assist for Shade’s goal is a magnificent pass.
CM: Saidou Khan – 7
Khan is really growing into his role this season and is helping Swindon to control the middle third. He won seven of his eight ground duels and one of those led to him playing in Young for the second goal. His decision making is improving a lot so far this season and that is helping those around him to thrive.
CM: George McEachran – 8
This is the kind of performance you want out of McEachran. He was all over the field, dictating the tempo and making things happen. Khan being disciplined allowed him to make runs forward and link up with Kemp. The next step for him is to contribute to goals more often.
LWB: Tariq Uwakwe – 7
This was a very impressive first league start for Uwakwe. I felt he was one of only a handful of players to come out of the Arsenal Under-21s game with much credit, and he built on that here. It takes a lot for your average position to be more advanced than Hutton’s and he offered a threat down the left that Town have lacked for the last year.
CAM: Dan Kemp – 10
Young will rightfully be receiving all the plaudits for his performance, but Kemp was at least as good. He completely ran the show in the first half and could not have been more deserving of his goal. He then put in a marvellous performance in the second half to set-up two of Young’s goals.
ST: Jake Young – 10
There was no other possible rating. In over a season of player ratings, I don’t believe I have given a ten at any point and then two players force my hand in one game. Read into that what you will. Even with all the tongue in cheek Eoin Doyle comparisons, no one could have expected Young to have been as dominant as he has been so far.
ST: Charlie Austin – 7
With his fellow forwards drowning in goals to start the season, Austin will be a little bit disappointed with his early season goal tally. But watching the goals back, you can certainly see his value. There is a clear focus from the opposition to not give him an inch, which means that Young is running through meadows of open space. You would imagine their attentions will shift soon…
Liam Kinsella – 6
The game began to drift when Kinsella came onto the pitch, but that allowed him to show off his best attributes. He made a series of rough but fair tackles to halt Crawley attacks and drain any enthusiasm they had left. Watching Kemp play is a joy, but watching Kinsella do his thing is a very different kind of fun.
Rushian Hepburn-Murphy – 6
It was good to see Hepburn-Murphy back on the field showing some of his livewire qualities. Turning Anthony Grant inside out three times in a row and also making a well-timed run in behind to get a shot off was a good reminder that Swindon have game changers on the bench.
Harrison Minturn – 5
He made one nice tackle after coming on, but ultimately the game was over after he came on.
Jacob Wakeling – 5
Much like Minturn, there was not a lot for him to do when he was introduced.
Tyrese Shade – 6
I have wanted Shade to play as a number ten for about a year now and it was very exciting to see it in action. Despite coming on in the 81st minute he had two simple chances to score that he passed up, before scoring the best goal of the six by some distance. His chances of starting there are slim to none, but he might have staked his claim to be next in line.
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