Alan Swann saw decent individual displays all over the pitch as Peterborough United won 2-1 at Notts County today (January 24).
Scott Loach: Made two terrific one-on-one saves and produced a fine late stop from a goal-bound free-kick. Looked very confident and composed throughout. Encouraging and impressive 8
Michael Bostwick: Keeps the game pleasingly simple when playing at centre-back. Clears his lines, wins his headers and makes his tackles. Shouldn’t be allowed to play in any other position from now on 8
Shaun Brisley: He’s very comfortable in the middle of a back three. He was committed in his headed challenges and rarely lost any, plus he reads the game pretty well. Wasn’t due to play, but responded to a late call-up with great professionalism 7
Christian Burgess: Plays with great heart and a touch of flamboyance. Very close to being dismissed in the first-half when he made a challenge that would have been a red card had the County man not stayed on his feet and taken a shot at goal. Strugled against the giant Bajner at times, but popped up with the winning goal which was welcome after his horror match-costing mistake in the previous match 6
Michael Smith: Captain for the day and delivered a useful performance at right wing-back. He was up in support of the attack at every opportunity, but never neglected his defensive duties. Much-improved display on recent efforts 7
Joe Newell: At fault for the County goal as he had no need to leave his man and attempt to make a challenge he was never likely to win. But he was very good again when running at defenders and his set-pieces were usually on the money. An assist for the winning goal 7
Jermaine Anderson: His sloppiness in possession contributed to County’s goal, but, even after one or two errant passes, he never shied away from the ball and he delivered the pass of the match to Newell - a crossfield 50 yarder - which played a big part in the winning goal. Won his fair share of tackles against a team who make it physical 6
Harry Beautyman: Irritated the life out of Alan Smith and the veteran County midfielder was hauled off at the break to make sure he didn’t get sent off. Beautyman charged all around Meadow Lane, winning tackles, forcing errors and when he won possession he hardly ever wasted it. Looks another top-drawer non-league discovery 8
Marcus Maddison: Signs that he is returning to his pre-injury form. Lovely turn led to his eighth goal of the season even if the strike at goal did did take a generous deflection. Played well first-half, but County gave him close attention throughout the second-half which restricted his influence and led to his substitution 15 minutes from time 6
Kyle Vassell: His first Posh start since November 22 and he was understandably rusty. Faded after a bright start and missed a sitter just before the break. Should come on for the run after a hard-working if ineffective 77 minute stint 5.
Conor Washington: Tremendous work-rate ensured the County back four never enjoyed a moment’s peace. Gave highly-rated Haydn Hollis some very awkward moments with his persistent and rapid closing down. Set-up a sitter for his strike partner which was spurned 7.
Substitutes Erhun Oztumer: (for Maddison, 77 mins).
Luke James: (for Vassell, 77 mins).
Aaron Mclean: (for Washington, 89 mins).
Dion-Henry Curtis (not used).
Kgosi Ntlhe: (not used).
Harry Anderson: (not used).
Jack Payne: (not used).