Player ratings: Two Posh men stood out in strong team effort

Joe Newell was in terrific form against Yeovil. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Joe Newell was in terrific form against Yeovil. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

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Joe Newell and Harry Beautyman were the stars of the show as Peterborough United beat Yeovil 1-0 in League One at The ABAX Stadium today (January 31).

Match report: Posh 1, Yeovil 0: You Beauty! Harry wins game for Posh

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Scott Loach: Looks a more than useful replacement for injured Ben Alnwick. Made a good save early on and it’s obvious the defenders are relaxed with him behind them. One fumble under pressure after the break, but generally very solid 6

Michael Bostwick: Surely made one central defensive position his own? Makes few obvious defensive errors and his passing when facing the play is pretty accurate. Impressive for the second game in a row 7

Shuan Brisley: He looks right at home in the middle of a back three. His height is very handy on this terrible pitch as high balls are going to become the norm. A strong comeback by a player who was almost completely out of the picture at the club 7

Christian Burgess: He can look very classy with the ball at his feet, but he didn’t neglect his main duties in this game either. Very good all-round effort and has the natural ability to become much better 7

Michael Smith: It’s probably a co-incidence, but his two games as captain have led to much better personal displays. Occasionally outnumbered on the right, but coped well and found the time and space to join in a few promising attacks 7

Joe Newell: He is having as much influence on Posh’s attacking forays as Marcus Maddison which is a great compliment. Newell is so dangerous when running at defenders from wide positions, it seems a shame when he moves inside as he did for the final few minutes of this match. Would have two goal-assists with more deadly finishing from his team-mates 8

Jermaine Anderson: Can’t fault the youngster for his effort or his attitude, but he needs to sharpen up his passing to keep the captain out of the side for much longer 6

Harry Beautyman: Award another gold star to the man responsible for recruiting Posh stars from non-league football. This midfielder is so fit and possesses so much energy he pops up all over the field. He was on hand to nick a goal off Maddison, but he was also seen to great effect in defensive midfield positions. Very good again 8

Marcus Maddison: He gives the ball away an awful lot, but he can be forgiven as he’s still the man most likely to create or score a goal, as he did again in this match. He’s getting fitter and sharper, but the Posh pitch is a real hindrance to the team’s most naturally gifted player 6

Conor Washington: He ran around a lot, but couldn’t quite escape the attentions of a rugged back four. One lovely nutmeg in the second half almost created a goal for himself. The best of the four Posh strikers on current form 6

Kyle Vassell: More involved than the previous week, but he could have scored twice. His chance in the second-half was a sitter that he somehow looped over the crossbar from very close range. Luke James must be threatening his starting pladce again 5.

Substitutes:

Luke James: (for Vassell, 68 mins) Chased and harried in a short, but decent shift 6

Aaron Mclean: (for Washington, 78 mins). Looked way off the pace 5

Kgosi Ntlhe: (for Maddison, 84 mins) Shored up the left side for 10 minutes 6

Dion-Henry Curtis: (not used).

Jack Payne: (not used).

Erhun Oztumer: (not used).

Harry Anderson: (not used).