ADVER Sport's Jonny Leighfield assessed the performances of the Swindon Town players following the club's 2-1 victory over Crewe Alexandra.

Joe Wollacott: 8

Wollacott made two excellent saves – both against Mikael Mandron – and dealt with everything that came his way with aplomb. If Town can keep him for the season, he could be a vital cog in potentially staying up.

Paul Caddis: 6

Crewe did find a fair amount of joy down their left, but Caddis stuck to the task of playing in an unfamiliar wing-back role against the pace of Charlie Kirk reasonably well. I liked the system, but I’m not sure Caddis is the right man to bomb up and down the wing as well as defending against pacey wingers. Subbed.

Dion Conroy: 7

Aside from being partly at fault for the first goal by coasting too far up the pitch when the ball was turned over, Conroy provided two hugely important blocks and can claim the assist for Town’s opener. Sometimes, simply lobbing the ball “into an area” pays huge dividends.

Tom Broadbent: 6

‘Super Tom’ did not enjoy such a super start against Crewe, and his positioning was often questionable. However, he won almost every header against Mandron and grew into the game – playing a vital part in Town seeing the game out.

Jonathan Grounds: 7

Considering it was his first outing of 2021, I thought Grounds played really well with a lot of discipline to his game. He blocked well, tackled well and marshalled those around him for 90 minutes.

Dom Thompson: 5

Thompson was guilty of giving the ball away too many times and he got caught ball-watching more than once. Not to mention a silly lash out which caused him to be booked. It was a fairly erratic performance, all told. Booked.

Christopher Missilou: 7

Missilou was impressive once again with his fighting mentality and desire to win everything in the middle third of the pitch. Taken off midway through the second half with a view to keeping him fresh for Tuesday night, potentially? Subbed.

Matt Palmer: 7

Palmer showed good ability on the ball and executed Town’s plan to win the ball high up well on a few occasions. He also played a vital part in the winner, as he did not panic when under severe pressure before finding Pitman.

Jack Payne: 5

Payne did not get into the game at all against Crewe. He was constantly berated by his manager for one reason or another, and failed to have any real impact going forward. A poor afternoon for Payne. Hopefully he turns it around with a big performance against his former club.

Brett Pitman: 6

Pitman did not have many chances to feed off in all fairness to him, and I also didn’t think the partnership with Garrick did either of them many favours. However, great hold-up play and a cheeky backheel in the build up to Twine’s winner deserves credit.

Jordon Garrick: 6

He looked to have improved slightly from previous games and seems to understand how aggressive League One football is. He showed his pace a few times, but it didn’t really amount to any chances. Improving, but still a way to go. There is a player in there. Subbed.

SUBSTITUTES Scott Twine: 8

Twine was the match-winner with a composed finish in added time. In the 20 minutes he was on, the youngster showed a great desire to attack and be positive, and his goal must surely have pushed him into the reckoning for a start on Tuesday.

Hallam Hope: N/A

Came on inside the final 10 minutes but still managed to provide the assist for Town’s winner.

Akin Odimayo: N/A

Replaced Paul Caddis after Town’s injury-time goal.