Posh player ratings: Aaron gets an A for effort and a D for his finishing

Christian Burgess was one of the better Posh players at Colchester. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Christian Burgess was one of the better Posh players at Colchester. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

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Peterborough United’s attacking players were far from their best in today’s (December 7) disappointing FA Cup exit at Colchester.

Match report: FA Cup: Colchester 1, Posh 0 - The magic left London Road months ago

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Ben Alnwick: Impeccable handling of many crosses that came into his penalty area. Might want to cut out the Glenn Hoddle impersonations when the ball is at his feet though. One good save first-half, beaten by an accurate strike in the last minutes of the game 6

Michael Bostwick: Rock solid defensively from right-back after he surprisingly displaced Micheal Smith from that position. Didn’t offer a lot going forward, but did win the penalty that should have won Posh the game 7

Kgosi Nthle: Took up some wonderful attacking positions, but spoilt virtually all of them by under-hitting his crosses and passes. Did hit a glorious first-half long ball that could have led to Aaron Mclean giving Posh the lead. Defensively okay 5

Gaby Zakuani: Stuck to what he does best which is winning headers and making tackles. Helped restrict Colchester to few scoring opportunities and made a couple of strong blocks. A big improvement on his previous outing 6

Christian Burgess: Looked cool and composed on the ball and defended with great assurance. Should probably have scored with a close range header from a corner in the final minutes, but team shouldn’t be relying on him for FA Cup goals against poor opposition 7

Jack Payne: Delivered a very committed defensive midfield display, but he wasn’t close enough to Moncur to stop him winning the game for Colchester in the 91st minute. Played on after picking up a nasty knock in the first-half 6

Jermaine Anderson: Snapped a fine shot at goal from 20 yards 10 minutes from time, but until then it had been pretty hard to work out what his real strengths are. He is not consistent enough as a tackler or a passer in midfield 5

Joe Newell: Pretty anonymous in the first-half, but woke up after the break to occasionally look dangerous. Delivered a couple of threatening crosses and set pieces 6

Erhun Oztumer: He has much to improve on, but he is clearly decent in possession and he has a bit of vision. Won’t keep Maddison out of the side, but there have been many worse Posh debuts than this one. Noticably on a different wavelength to out of form team-mates though 6

Conor Washington: Hardly seen in possession, partly because he doesn’t hold the ball up well enough and partly because the service to him can be so poor. Posh need more from him though. His movement needs to be better timed and a little bit more intelligent 4

Aaron Mclean: A for effort, B for his movement and his willingness to be available, D for his finishing and E for his penalty. His workrate deserved a goal, but he’s not hitting his shots at goal with any power or accuracy, apart from one after a clever free-kick routine that was well blocked 5

Substitutes:

Luke James: (for Payne, 90 + 2 mins)

Kyle Vassell: (for Zakuani, 90 + 2 mins).

Dion-Henry Curtis (not used).

Michael Smith: (not used).

Ricardo Santos: (not used).

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing: (not used).

Leo Da-Silva Lopes: (not used).

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