All-round improvement let down by the lack of firepower

Peterborough United's Joe Newell in action with Swindon Town's Massimo Luongo - Photo mandatory by-line: Joe Dent/JMP - Mobile: 07966 386802 - 11/04/2015 - SPORT - Football - Swindon - County Ground - Swindon Town v Peterborough United - Sky Bet League One
Peterborough United's Joe Newell in action with Swindon Town's Massimo Luongo - Photo mandatory by-line: Joe Dent/JMP - Mobile: 07966 386802 - 11/04/2015 - SPORT - Football - Swindon - County Ground - Swindon Town v Peterborough United - Sky Bet League One
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Peterborough United’s players gave their all at Swindon today (April 11), but still lost their League One match 1-0

But Peterborough Telegraph Posh writer was at least pleased to see some much improved individual displays.

Ben Alnwick: Not called into action very often, but made a fine stop towards the end to stop Swindon scoring a second goal. One good tip-over in the first-half and his handling was better than his kicking, which is probably for the best in a goalkeeper 7

Michael Smith: Another impressive display from the Northern Irishman who is revelling in his role on the right of a back three. The timing of his tackles and his many interceptions suggest he is reading the game extremely well. Brought the ball out from the back well also 8

Gaby Zakuani: Dominated Obika in the air and led the defence in his customary powerful and dedicated way. Lost his temper a couple of times with some odd refereeing decisions, but another decent display from the man in form 7

Kgosi Ntlhe: Has turned his form around pretty well in the last couple of games. He was terrific in the tackle today and he played one sumptuous through ball to Joe Newell which led to a Posh half-chance in the second-half 7

Jack Payne: He was a caution away from a two-game ban today, but it didn’t stop the skipper throwing himself into plenty of challenges. He usually emerged with the ball and he passed it okay as well. It’s a good playing surface at Swindon and Payne enjoyed it on his 100th appearance for the club 7

Michael Bostwick: Another towering display from the midfield destroyer. Made his usual quota of firm, ball-winning challenges and he was pretty good in possession. Some timely challenges on the edge of his own area thwarted many a Swindon attack 7

Harry Anderson: He was better going forward than defending from the right wing-back position in the first-half as he often left space behind him which Swindon didn’t exploit. It was another encouraging display though for an 18 year-old whose Monday will be spent studying for a college exam 6

Joe Newell: He was too quiet going forward in the first-half, but he came into the game more after the break and played well. It must be frustrating though to find yourself in so many good positions on the left flank and to not see any forwards who make intelligent, potentially goal-scoring runs 6

Marcus Maddison: He was deployed just behind the front two and he put in a decent shift. A couple of good shots in the first-half weren’t far from the target, but he missed a sitter after the break which could have set Posh on the way to victory. From seven yards out he shot straight at the goalkeeper and the chance was gone 6

Conor Washington; It was his excellent run and pass that set up Maddison’s chance and the team’s top scorer was far more involved in the action than has been the case in recent games. Football on the floor suits him better, but he still hesitates fatally when having a shooting chance on the edge of the area 7

Luke James: Scampered after many balls down the channels, but his terrific workrate is not being complemented by goals and that’s a major concern for a £500k striker. Missed a great chance inside the opening 10 minutes 6

Substitites:

Erhun Oztumer (for Maddison 75 mins).

Harry Beautyman: (for Payne, 87 mins).

Dion-Henry Curtis: (not used).

Alan Sheehan: (not used).

David Norris: (not used).

Ricardo Santos: (not used).

Aaron Mclean: (not used).