PLAYER VERDICTS: Nichols nets Peterborough United man-of-the-match prize

Tom Nichols celebrates the winning goal for Posh against AFC Wimbledon with Jack Baldwin. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
Tom Nichols celebrates the winning goal for Posh against AFC Wimbledon with Jack Baldwin. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

The man-of-the-match played for just over half-an-hour as Peterborough United beat AFC Wimbledon in the first round of the English Football League Trophy at the ABAX Stadium tonight (August 9).

Substitute Tom Nichols supplied two fine finishes - the second one in the 93rd minute - as Posh won 3-2.

Posh midfielder Gwion Edwards battles against AFC Wimbledon winger Chris Whelpdale. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Posh midfielder Gwion Edwards battles against AFC Wimbledon winger Chris Whelpdale. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Ben Alnwick: He’s not looking at all safe. Got away with a big blunder at 2-1, played Callum Chettle into trouble for the Dons’ equaliser 5

Hayden White: A most entertaining defender. His pace gets him out of trouble defensively. Loves a quick surge forward 6

Andrew Hughes: His defending was solid enough, but Posh needed an attacking outlet at left-back and his substitution early in the second-half came as no surprise 5

Michael Bostwick: The best of the Posh back four. Made some terrific blocks in the second-half. Struggled aerially 7

Posh striker Paul Taylor battles for possession with Dean Parrett of AFC Wimbledon. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Posh striker Paul Taylor battles for possession with Dean Parrett of AFC Wimbledon. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Jack Baldwin: He battled his way through another 90 minutes without ever being totally convincing 6

Chris Forrester: A mixed bag. Lots of effort, but not always channelled effectively though. Taken off with a knock 20 minutes from time 6

Leo Da Silva Lopes: Good cross for first Posh goal on an otherwise tough night. Competed well though. You’d never know he was 17 6

Gwion Edwards: Did all his best work in the second-half. A quite brilliant late run led to the corner from which Posh won the game 6

Marcus Maddison: Only forward player who looked likely to create or score until Nichols came on. Always busy and bright and always a threat 7

Shaquile Coulthirst: Poor. No good runs, very few good touches. He’s a trier and his speed should be a bigger asset than it is 5

Paul Taylor: A maddening talent in so many ways. Team-mates don’t know what he’s going to do next so opponents can’t possibly know. Took his first professional goal since November, 2013 well and created late winner with a header 7

Substitutes:

Tom Nichols: (for Coulthirst, 56 mins) Showed more natural attacking instincts than the rest of the forwards in just 30 minutes on the pitch 8

Jerome Binnom-Williams: (for Hughes, 56 mins) Gave his team a bit more energy when he arrived 6

Callum Chettle: (for Forrester, 72 mins) Looked full of running, but cost Posh a goal with poor control 6

Adil Nabi: (not used).

Jermaine Anderson: (not used).

Mark Tyler: (not used).

Michael Smith: (not used).