PLAYER VERDICTS: Peterborough United were comfortably second best to Bradford City

Posh star Marcus Maddison cuts a dejected figure at the end of the game with Bradford City. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Posh star Marcus Maddison cuts a dejected figure at the end of the game with Bradford City. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

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Peterborough United’s players were second-best for most of their League One defeat at home to Bradford City today (August 13).

Only centre-back Michael Bostwick, captain Chris Forrester and substitute Jermaine Anderson caught the eye of the Peterborough Telegraph in a positive way.

Posh striker Paul Taylor tried to make things happen against Bradford City. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Posh striker Paul Taylor tried to make things happen against Bradford City. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Ben Alnwick: A very quiet game considering Bradford’s dominance of the ball. Thankfully no sign of the jitters that marred his opening two displays 6

Hayden White: Given a right chasing by Mark Marshall for 70 minutes. he couldn’t cope with the wing-man’s speed off the mark or trickery on the ball. Never got forward to any effect either 5

Jerome Binnom-Williams: Lost the ball in the moment that led to Bradford’s winning goal and, like his full-back partner, needs to complement his obvious athleticism with better techqnique and defensive awareness 5

Michael Bostwick: Kept ‘hulk’ Hanson quiet in the main. A sterling defensive display and a worthy winner of the sponsors’ man-of-the-match award 8

Jack Baldwin: Posh defended okay in the centre-back area, but Baldwin’s reputation as a ball-playing defender might have to be re-assessed 6

Chris Forrester: The captain tried to inspire those around him, but ended up trying to do too much himself. Good commitment and effort, and a surprise to see him taken off before the end 7

Leo Da Silva Lopes: The midfielder looked a tired teenager in this game. Posh were outplayed and out-passed in central areas and Da Silva Lopes never threatened to stem the flow 5

Gwion Edwards: Doesn’t look happy on the left side of a diamond. Hardly in the game in an attacking sense 5

Marcus Maddison: The main man had the chance to draw Posh level late on, but a poor day by his standards was summed up by a weak effort at goal. Anonymous in the first-half. More involved when moved out wide 5

Paul Taylor: Puts a good shift in and isn’t afraid to have a go with a shot from distance or a dribble into a danger area. Little came off for him in this game, but it wasn’t through a lack of trying 6

Tom Nichols: He takes up good scoring positions, but his team-mates struggled to locate him with a decent cross or pass. A couple of late half-chances with his head went begging 6

Substitutes:

Shaquile Coulthirst (for Edwards, 74 mins): One lovelt flick sent Maddison away 6

Jermaine Anderson (for Forrester, 78 mins): His arrival provoked some late Posh pressure 7

Callum Chettle: (for Da Silva Lopes, 58 mins) There is defenitely something about this smooth-running midfielder. Worth persevering with 6

Adil Nabi: (not used).

Mark Tyler (not used).

Andrew Hughes (not used).

Michael Smith (not used).