Date: 15th August 2007 at 8:36am
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Swindon Town were knocked out of the Carling Cup at the first hurdle for the second successive year after losing 2-0 to Charlton Atheltic at the County Ground.

Paul Sturrock changed his team as promised and gave youth team player Ben Tozer his first senior start during this match.

Player Ratings

Peter Brezovan – 7
Making his first, first team start since his horrific broken arm last season against Grimsby Town. Couldn’t do much about the first goal, looked his usual self and did not look like he was suffering any ill effects from his broken arm.

Hasney Aljofree – 7
linked up well with Jerel Ifil at the back and as mentioned before could be a force in League One.

Jack Smith – 7
Did himself no hard with his performance another solid outing from the back four.

Jerel Ifil – 7
Goes from strength to strength and is far more impressive than the last time he was in League One. Links up well with Captain Aljofree.

Ben Tozer – 8
We really rated Tozer who made his senior debut. Gave up a penalty but did himself no harm. A tall player a almost 6 feet despite being 17 years old.

Christian Roberts – 8
Fantastic. When he is on his game he is fabulous. If he keeps his playing levels up to where they are now he could be the difference for Town this season.

Steve Adams – 6
Didn’t do bad at all to be honest. He is still finding his full fitness after recovering from 2 years of injuries at Sheffield Wednesday. He will come good.

Craig Easton – 7
Can see why he was so highly rated by the Leyton Orient fans. Looks very solid in midfield.

Miguel Comminges – 6
After Saturday I expected more out of Comminges. He ran around like a headless chicken but his ball control was a bit off.

Lee Peacock – 7
Typical Peacock effort ran hard and commanded his area well. Admits he is no longer a striker and it showed. Ran all game.

Blair Sturrock – 6
You can’t knock him. He has been thrown in the deepend and has done all he can given the circumstances. He is a great squad player to come off the bench and will likely return to that role should Paul Sturrock bring in a striker. Sturrock could become good if he has a decent strike partner which at the moment he is lacking. Enough negativity Sturrock Jr. ran his heart out but never really looked like scoring.

Michael Pook – 6
Certainly not the player he was on Saturday. He ran around and put in some good tackles but also gave the ball away quite a lot.

Sofiane Zaaboub – 6
Looked marginally better than Saturday but his game has suffered over the summer. Sofi will run but he needs to use his team mates more often and ensure he passes the ball around.

Next League Fixture
Ran his heart out. We were very surprised not see him start. He could score goals if given half the chance. Playing 15 minutes doesn’t really show what you can do.

Manager Rating
Paul Sturrock 6/10 – As promised he mixed his team about and changed it from Saturday which gave him the chance to see what players can do in a competitive environment. Sturrock handed youth team player Ben Tozer his first senior start whilst Blair Sturrock had another shot up front. It was clear again that Sturrock Jr. is not the answer to our striker crisis. Sturrock in my mind should have given a start to Arrieta and Mohamed to see if he does have some goals in house.

Opponent Rating
Alan Pardew 7/10 – The Addicks were always going to be favourites going into this match given the fact they were in the Premier League last season. Pardew went for a mixture of stars and youngsters and Charlton never really looked as if they were going to lose. Perennial diver Izale McLeod played for Charlton but never looked like scoring. He could have found his level in League One and Two. To repeat these exploits with no experience in the Championship could be a big ask.

Match Stats
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Next League Fixture
Coca Cola League One – Swindon Town V Luton Town, Saturday 18 August 2007 at the County Ground. 3pm Kick Off