Hatters rated v Swindon

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Mark Tyler: 6.5 ­- Dealt well with a series of shots from range and made a smart near ­post save, but stood little chance with Michael Smith’s incisive finishing.

Fraser Franks: 7 - ­Looked the most assured of the three centre­ halves and defended well throughout.

Steve McNulty: 6.5 ­- A solid performance from Town’s skipper, but was exposed by Smith’s clever movement for the winner.

Luke Wilkinson: 6.5 - ­A strong display to limit Swindon in the first half, just couldn’t prevent the winning goal.

Paul Connolly: 6 -­ Did well in the early exchanges, but the pace of the game caught up with him towards the end.

Scott Griffiths: 5 - Struggled to cope with the pace and direct running of Nathan Byrne, and was beaten too often.

Andy Drury: 5.5 ­- The midfielder spent much of the game chasing Swindon’s shadows. Fouled Byrne for the equalising spot ­kick.

Matt Robinson: 6 -­ Like Drury, he was pressed into more defensive work as Swindon were on top in midfield.

Luke Rooney: 7 - Took a while to get going, but once he found his passing range he was Town’s biggest threat. Took a great penalty, but was sent off in controversial circumstances for an alleged dive.

Paul Benson: 6 ­- The striker was a presence up top, but couldn’t make his mark on the game.

Mark Cullen: 6 -­ Well marshalled by the Swindon defence, had to make some clever runs to receive possession.

Luke Guttridge (SUB): 5.5 -­ First game back in a long time, and came on to the pitch with Swindon well on top so saw little of the ball.

Ross Lafayette (SUB): 5 -­ Was limited in service, though a poor touch cost him the chance to shoot for a late Town equaliser.

Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu (SUB): 6 -­ Had little time to make an impact, and couldn’t stop Swindon’s midfield dominance in the closing stages.