Maddison getting closer to his best form

Posh star Marcus Maddison in action against Crewe. Photo: Joe Dent/thePosh.com.
Posh star Marcus Maddison in action against Crewe. Photo: Joe Dent/thePosh.com.
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Peterborough United played well for half a game as they drew 1-1 with Crewe at the ABAX Stadium last night (April 14).

Michael Bostwick continued his fine run of form and Marcus Maddison was almost back to his best, according to Peterborough Telegraph Posh writer Alan Swann.

Ben Alnwick: Not an awful lot to do, but was left horribly exposed by an absent defence when Crewe grabbed an early lead. A virtual spectator in the second-half when some of his kicking left a bit to be desired 6

Michael Smith: Perfomed some last-ditch interceptions and tackles, but had a problem clearing his lines in the first-half. He’s become a steady performer under the current manager and has clearly revelled in a run of starts 6

Gaby Zakuani: Was part of a defence that was pulled all over the place in the early stages. He did most to stem the flow of crosses and attacks into the Posh penalty area, but he wasn’t as dominant as he has been in recent games. Almost headed a last-gasp winning goal 6

Kgosi Ntlhe: His high standards of the last two games dipped considerably here. Often over-run on his side of the defence and his passing was extremely sloppy at times 5

Harry Anderson: He plays with the enthusiasm you’d expect from an 18 year-old, but he does seem to tire quickly. The right wing-back found the going tough for most of the time he was on the pitch and his eventual substitution did seem inevitable 5

Joe Newell: Saw plenty of the ball, but rarely beat his man and when he did he didn’t manage to deliver a decent cross. Often caught high up the pitch in the first-half which gave Ntlhe a problem 5

Jack Payne: Charged into a few tackles and then dislocated his shoulder and went off before half-time 6

Michael Bostwick: Terrific commitment in the tackle and covered a lot of ground, particularly after Payne went off. Never afraid to shoot from distance and tested the Crewe ‘keeper on a couple of occasions 7

Erhun Oztumer: The attacking midfielder has a fine attitude, but his decision-making remains erratic. Often seen in deep positions in the first-half waving his arms about in frustration as team-mates ignored him. More effective when playing further forward after the break, but he still has a tendancy to hang onto the ball for too long. Sponsors’ man-of-the-match 6

Marcus Maddison: His most promising performance since he returned from injury. Carried the ball well and was the only Posh player to take the game to Crewe in the first-half. Played a big part in the Posh goal with a fierce shot from the edge of the penalty area. Tried many other shots from distance that weren’t so effective 7

Conor Washington: His goal came from an excellent 18-yard strike, but he missed a couple of other good scoring chances from much closer range. If Posh are going to play just one out-and-out striker he needs to hold the ball up better than Washington does 6

Substitutes:

David Norris: (for Payne, 35 mins) Played with spirit and energy, but not a lot of control 6

Luke James: (for Anderson, 73 mins) Employed as a right wing-back and it didn’t suit

Ricardo Santos: (for Oztumer, 87 mins) Employed as a centre forward and it didn’t suit.

Dion-Henry Curtis: (not used).

Alan Sheehan: (not used).

Harry Beautyman: (not used)

Aaron Mclean: (not used).