Player ratings: Joe is the pick of the poor Posh players

Michael Smith hurdles a challenge from Swindo's Jordan Turnbull. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Michael Smith hurdles a challenge from Swindo's Jordan Turnbull. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

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Goal-scorer Joe Newell was the pick of a poor bunch of Peterborough United players on Saturday (22 November), according to Peterborough Telegraph Posh writer Alan Swann.

Match report: Posh 1 Swindon 2 - Fergie copping flak from all quarters

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Ben Alnwick: Might have left his goal-line for the second Swindon goal (that’s certainly what Ricardo Santos appeared to think), but he is far from the biggest problem in this losing run even if his distribution from the floor has gone to pieces 6

Michael Smith: Back in his best position of right-back, but he’s suffering a dip in form that’s hard to explain. His wayward passing is maybe a result of the team’s lack of confidence. Players aren’t making good enough runs and when they do he isn’t finding them. Good attitude though and defended okay 6

Kgosi Ntlhe: Tied up in knots by Nathan Byrne in the first-half, but he stuck at it and defender much better after the break. Fizzed a couple of shots across the Swindon penalty area. Posh have two solid all-round full-backs now and hopefully they will stay fit 6

Ricardo Santos; He made one or two timely tackles on the edge of his own penalty area in the opening 20 minutes, but his judgement of the aerial ball is worrying. Seems to lose the flight of crosses and he definitely lost his man for both Swindon goals. He’s struggling and probably needs a break from the action 5

Christian Burgess; The composed defending and passing from the previous weekend were absent as he made several rash challenges, one of which led to the free-kick for the crucial second Swindon goal. Possibly guilty of trying too hard as he went chasing balls that he was never going to get 5

Jack Payne; The most consistent player in the first few weeks of the season has gone right off the boil. He’s struggling with his passing and he’s not making his tackles. The skipper was hauled off after 50 minutes, but he was replaced by a similar player who is also completely out of form 5

Michael Bostwick: If there is a role for this player in this team it’s not in central midfield. He can strike a ball well at goal (he had one first-half shot on target blocked by a defender) but his passing, his basic ball control and even his tackling was inferior to that of every Swindon midfielder 5

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing: He had the beating of a cumbersome defender, but seemed to lack the confidence to keep running at him. Delivered a terrific cross that might have led to a first-minute Posh goal for Aaron Mclean and he forced the Swindon ‘keeper into a couple of saves with 20-yard shots. He has played much worse than this, but he failed to make the most of a great opportunity to shine and was hauled off 20 minutes from time 6

Joe Newell: Drifted in and out of the game, but when in possession he looked the most likely to make something happen, Should have won a first-half penalty for the most blatant of fouls, created the sitter missed by Conor Washington and scored a fine goal from 20 yards, his first of the season 7

Aaron Mclean: His sponsors’ man-of-the-match award might well have been decided before the game. In reality he made a limited impact, winning the odd header, holding the ball up well occasionally, but he never looked like scoring even though he takes up better positions in the penalty area than the other Posh strikers. The 90-minute run-out should bring him on, but he can’t possibly be the force of old 5

Kyle Vassell: He’s come back from injury to play up front in a side struggling for form and confidence. It’s therefore no surprise that, despite lots of effort and commitment, he’s not making much of an impression on defenders 5

Substitutes:

Jermaine Anderson: (for Payne, 50 minutes) Lacks the creativity and attacking instincts to come on at 2-0 down. Good chance to equalise in the final seconds was spurned 5

Conor Washington: (for Mendez-Laing, 72 mins) Missed an open goal 5

Luke James: (for Vassell, 72 mins) Tries hard, clearly desperate to succeed 5

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