PLAYER RATINGS: A chastening 45 minutes for Posh players as defence is put to the sword

Posh v. Swansea, Marcus Maddison in action - photo by David Lowndes
Posh v. Swansea, Marcus Maddison in action - photo by David Lowndes
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The first-half of Swansea City’s 3-1 EFL Cup win over Peterborough United was as one-sided as it got.

The Posh defence was continually ripped to shreds by the Premier League side, although the second-half was a more even affair as the players began to get more to grips with their opponents.

Posh v. Swansea - photo by David Lowndes

Posh v. Swansea - photo by David Lowndes

Mark Tyler - A late replacement for Ben Alnwick who pulled up in the warm-up, the first 40 minutes was a shot-stopping masterclass. In particular, a save onto the post from a powerfully-struck Jefferson Montero shot earned praise from his manager. A spilled shot leading up to the third goal was a disappointing mistake having been so good before that 8

Michael Smith - No defender will want to go up against the lively Jefferson Montero, and the Swansea winger continued to burst past Smith with ease. It’s hard to blame the right-back after he was left exposed, but his positioning was also questionable at times 5

Ricardo Almeida Santos - Nearly cost his side a goal when he let Ki Sung-yeung in, but better in the second-half. Did not make life difficult for Ollie McBurnie, the debutant striker leading the line on his own for Swansea who scored twice 5

Michael Bostwick - A sliding block in injury time summed up Bostwick’s commitment, but twice a defence which he leads was completely undone by a simple ball over the top for Nathan Dyer to run on to 5

Andrew Hughes - Facing up to Dyer is not much better than Montero, and the winger was given far too much space. Like Smith he got forward well, but Swansea enjoyed attacking down his side 5

Chris Forrester - Some disappointingly sloppy passes from the captain in the first-half. In truth he was limited by the options ahead of him, but he was uncharacteristically wasteful and could not halt the Swansea first-half rampage. One mis-kick was reprieved by a Bostwick block on a goal-bound shot 5

Jermaine Anderson - Another like Forrester who tried to get things moving forward, but far too often the ball ended up at the feet of a Swansea player. Often came deep to get the ball 5

Gwion Edwards - Plenty of endeavour as always but could not hit the target with his strikes at goal and could not offer enough protection to the full-backs 5

Paul Taylor - A sumptuous back-heel set Maddison in the clear just a few seconds into the second-half. Continues to look Posh’s most creative player playing off Nichols 6

Marcus Maddison - Another low key performance from a player who started the season in top goal-scoring and assisting form, although Posh fans will hope he is on his game against MK Dons. Failed to make a telling contribution but set-piece delivery was not bad 5

Tom Nichols - Like against Oxford the striker was fairly quiet but he comes alive when the ball comes to him inside the area. This time he hit the post with a well struck shot 5

Substitutes

Leo Da Silva Lopes (for Anderson, 58 minutes) - Praised by his manager, it was a memorable evening for the 17-year-old who powered home a 25-yard strike. Not a bad way to get off the mark for Posh 7

Shaquile Coulthirst (for Taylor, 65 minutes) - Set up the Nichols shot which hit the post with some intelligent play inside the Swansea area 6

Callum Chettle (for Forrester, 74 minutes) - Helped Posh continue their push to get back in the game as they began to threaten the Swansea goal more 6