PLAYER VERDICTS: The Peterborough United goalkeeper was at least average

Michael Bostwick in action for Posh against Southend just 24 days after breaking his jaw. Photo: David Lowndes.
Michael Bostwick in action for Posh against Southend just 24 days after breaking his jaw. Photo: David Lowndes.
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Peterborough United were outfought and outplayed by Southend United in their League One fixture at the ABAX Stadium tonight (February 21).

The visitors were well worth their 4-1 win as the Posh players had a collective off night.

Leo Da Silva Lopes on the ball for Posh against Southend. Photo: David Lowndes.

Leo Da Silva Lopes on the ball for Posh against Southend. Photo: David Lowndes.

Goalkeeper Luke McGee was the only Posh player not to be marked as below average by the Peterborough Telegraph

Luke McGee: Couldn’t be faulted for the goals. It was an utter shambles in front of him 6

Michael Smith: Horrible error for the third goal which capped a dismal night. Looked physically weak and off the pace 4.5

Andrew Hughes: One storming run forward in the first-half was his positive contribution to the contest. Allowed a cross to come in for the crucial first goal 4.5

Jack Baldwin: He hadn’t played since November 22 and it showed. He looked rusty, couldn’t time a tackle and was continually muscled off the ball. A strange selection, and made skipper for the night as well 4

Ryan Tafazolli: Never looked comfortable. A swirling wind made judging headers difficult. Very disappointing by his recent standards 5

Michael Bostwick: Good commitment to step onto the field 24 days after breaking his jaw. He battled away as well as normal in midfield, but his passing was iffy 5

Leo Da Silva Lopes: Plays with a swagger that in no way was matched by his performance. Too slow on the ball, makes poor passing decisions and a lightweight display overall 4

Martin Samuelsen: A rare chance to start and he didn’t take it, one fine piece of first-half tracking back aside. Too slow to move the ball on, too many tricks that don’t lead to anything 5

Marcus Maddison: Two decent first-half strikes, one strong shot from a late free kick, created the goal. Sponsors’ man-of-the-match. Didn’t play as bad as others, but that’s not that much of a compliment 5.5

Craig Mackail-Smith: Ran hard and looked a threat with his pace in the first half. No obvious partnership with Morias though and his influence faded after the break 5.5

Junior Morias: One shot blocked by a defender early on. Tries hard, but it looks a big step up in standard for the former St Albans man 4.5

Substitutes:

Tom Nichols: (for Morias, 57 mins).

Paul Taylor: (for Samuelsen, 66 mins).

Lee Angol: (not used).

Brad Inman: (not used).

Mark Tyler: (not used).

Dominic Ball: (not used).

Jerome Binnom-Williams: (not used).