Bostwick bossed this game

Posh midfielder Joe Newell chases Sheffield United full-back John Brayford.  Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
Posh midfielder Joe Newell chases Sheffield United full-back John Brayford. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Midfield monster Michael Bostwick was Peterborough United’s man-of-the-match last night according to Peterborough Telegraph Posh writer Alan Swann.

Ben Alnwick: Two fine early saves led to a very confident performance. His willingness to leave his line and catch crosses is much appreciated by his defenders. He didn’t always kick well, but that’s a tiny criticism on this night 7

Michael Smith: He out-performed a very decent opponent by defending strongly and by joining in at every opportunity when Posh went forward. He can be caught of position, but he is usually quick enough and alert enough to recover 7

Kgosi Nthle: Sheffield United are very strong down their right flank so this was a big test for a young left-back, but he coped admirably against Flynn and Brayford. He wasn’t always great in possession, but he delivered one thunderous tackle in the second-half that made an entire crowd wince 7

Gaby Zakuani: Foot-perfect because he doesn’t try and do things that he can’t do. Not as obviously excellent as in the Bradford win, but quietly dominant and a huge barrier the home forwards never threatened to breach 8

Ricardo Santos: One moment of madness almost spoilt his own and his team’s night. He has already promised that he will learn from being caught in possession and watching in horror as Sheffield took the lead. He playeed solidly otherwise and got far more distance on his defensive headers than at the weekend 7

Jack Payne: Loves being given the freedom to go forward from midfield and had three or four sighters from distance before a 25-yard daisy-cutter dragged Posh level. He and Bostwick dominated midfield after a slow start with their tackling, covering and accurate passing 7

Michael Bostwick: What a revelation this tought-tackler has been in midfield in the last two matches. He terrorised Sheffield’s ball-players with some destructive tackling, but he also passed the ball impressively for most of the game. Excellent display 9

Joe Newell: The team’s most consistent attacking spark. He played mostly on the right wing and dribbled the ball confidently before picking out some precise passes to team-mates. He revelled in being constantly in the action and didn’t shirk his defensive duties either 8

Jon Taylor: Now he’s fully fit, it’s easy to see why the previous management team wanted to sign this winger from Shrewsbury so badly. He is a menace when running directly at defenders and he’s whipped in some lovely crosses in the last couple of matches. Another who is happy to work hard for the team including defensively 7

Kyle Vassell: He was excellent at finding space in otherwise crowded areas, but he was let down by his finishing. He was either off target with his shooting or he failed to find a decent connection. He can be pleased with the positions he took up and with his effort, but the deadly finisher of August has gone missing 6

Luke James: Man-handled out of the game by two rugged centre-backs. He’s contributing in terms of effort, commitment and occupying opponents, but he had just one sniff of a goal which was quickly snuffed out. Posh will need goals from him if they are to maintain their play-off challenge 6

Substitutes:

Conor Washington: (for Vassell, 56 mins) Quiet until delivering a superb, match-winning finish

Aaron Mclean: (for James, 79 mins) Won the key header that sent Washington bearing down on goal to win the game

Dion-Curtis Henry: (not used).

Christian Burgess: (not used).

David Norris: (not used).

Harry Beautyman: (not used).

Harry Anderson: (not used).