Player verdicts: Big performance from Ben saves Posh from heavy defeat

Ben Alnwick is beaten to the ball here by Southend United's David Mooney but he did make several fine saves. Picture: Joe Dent

Ben Alnwick is beaten to the ball here by Southend United's David Mooney but he did make several fine saves. Picture: Joe Dent

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Peterborough United goalkeeper Ben Alnwick was the clear winner of the Peterborough Telegraph’s man-of-the-match today (September 5).

Posh went down 2-1 at Southend, but it would have been a much heavier defeat without a steady stream of saves from Alnwick.

Ben Alnwick: Several fine saves, mainly with his legs, saved Posh from a drubbing. Outstanding comeback following a couple of dodgy weeks 8

Michael Smith: Understandably rusty and a little off the pace on his first start of the season. Posh were opened up a couple of times down his side 5

Callum Elder: Did nothing terribly wrong or nothing terribly spectacular. He’s comfortable on the ball 5

Ricardo Almeida Santos: Outclassed and outplayed by a very good Southend strike force. Looked slow and indecisive when defending which a couple of neat moments in possession couldn’t disguise 5

Alex Davey: Kept giving the ball away in dangerous areas in the first-half. Poor and substituted late on when Posh were hunting goals 5

Michael Bostwick: Still nowhere near the form he showed towards the end of last season. Back in midfield, but rarely seen on the ball until he smacked the crossbar with a deflected shot from 20 yards early in the second-half. May have been unlucky to collect a fifth caution of the season which will result in a suspension 5

Chris Forrester: He looks neat and tidy in possession, but he played far too deep in the first-half and he was left on the fringes of the action after the break when moved into a wider position 5

Jon Taylor: Worked hard and delivered some driving runs into the Southend penalty area. No support from in front of him or behind him though. One first-half shot into the side-netting when he also almost scored direct from a corner 6

Marcus Maddison: Poor crossing at times, but again he looked the most likely to score or create something. He’s a threat at this level as he showed with a well-taken late consolation goal 6

Joe Gormley: Anonymous apart from a flicked header that sent Maddison through on goal before the break. A poor touch, doesn’t win headers, never looked likely to get on the end of anything 5

Conor Washington: Must be running out of chances. He’s in no sort of form and looks bereft of confidence. This teams needs leaders and he isn’t one 5

Substitutes:

Jack Collison: (for Washington, 46 mins).

Souleymane Coulibaly: (for Gormley, 65 mins).

Kyle Vassell: (for Davey, 82 mins).

Shaun Brisley: (not used).

Dion-Henry Curtis: (not used).

Harry Anderson: (not used).

Harry Beautyman: (not used).