No-one worthy of a Posh man-of-the-match nomination

Posh captain Jack Payne was one of the few players to test the Coventry goalkeeper. Photo: Joe Dent/thePosh.com.
Posh captain Jack Payne was one of the few players to test the Coventry goalkeeper. Photo: Joe Dent/thePosh.com.

It was impossible to select a Peterborough United man-of-the-match from today’s (March 28) 1-0 League One home defeat by Coventry City, according to the Peterborough Telegraph’s Alan Swann.

Ben Alnwick: No chance with Coventry goal and very little else to do. His distribution wasn’t great, but long, accurate passes were impossible in such a strong wind 6

Michael Smith: His promising attacking positions were ruined by a piece of poor control, a bad touch or the terrible playing surface. Defended okay, but crosses were poorly struck and usually intercepted 6

Kgosi Ntlhe: He appears to have lost confidence with the ball at his feet and his marking was indifferent. Alan Sheehan could well take his place at left-back in the next game, although Ntlhe’s best displays have been with Gaby Zakuani alongside him and he will be back for the Easter programme 5

Christian Burgess: He made a timely tackle early on and played steadily against a team who didn’t exactly play in an attacking style. Can’t see him keeping Zakuani out of the team though 6

Shaun Brisley: Like Burgess he did very little wrong, but he wasn’t put under a great deal of pressure by a limited Coventry forward line 6

Jack Payne: Provided the two most dangerous Posh attacking moments with shots from distance, Tried to get his team going, but he was often out-manouevred in midfield by Coventry players Ward and Fleck 6

Michael Bostwick: Steamed around midfield as usual, but he was part of a very ragged display from the whole team, especially those in the forward positions 6

Jon Taylor: Struggled to get into the game, partly because the ball spent so much time in the air. One or two half chances on the edge of the Coventry area were spoilt because he wanted too much time to get the ball down 5

Joe Newell: Couldn’t provide the quality that might have lifted an awful spectacle, but then he wasn’t alone. Rarely able to get past his full-back or play a pass to trouble a very well organised defence 5

Conor Washington: Substituted at half-time after being totally subdued by the excellence and physical superiority of the Coventry centre-backs 5

Luke James: Could easily have been taken off at half-time as well. Did win the occasional header and contributed one strong right-wing run and shot in the second-half, but overall he struggled to make an impact 5

Substitutes:

Luke Williams: (for Washington, 46 mins) Started brightly, but faded quickly. Likes to hang back and accept possession, but little went right for Posh as an attacking force 5

Marcus Maddison: (for Newell, 67 mins) Played wide on the right, but couldn’t deliver the cross or shot that might have dragged Posh level.

Harry Anderson: (for Brisley, 87 mins).

Dion-Henry Curtis: (not used).

James Pearson: (not used)

Harry Beautyman: (not used).

Alan Sheehan: (not used).