Posh player ratings: Magic Marcus is getting back to his best

Posh striker Luke James saw this 'goal' ruled out for offside at Fleetwood. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
Posh striker Luke James saw this 'goal' ruled out for offside at Fleetwood. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
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Joe Newell and Marcus Maddison were the best of Peterborough United’s starting XI in the 1-1 League One draw at Fleetwood today (February 7), according to Peterborough Telegraph Posh writer Alan Swann.

Match report: Fleetwood 1, Posh 1: Fergie’s passion play ends in frustration

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Scott Loach: Watched a lot of shots from long range miss the target. A couple of smart stops after the break before he was beaten by a close-range header 6

Michael Bostwick: The most dependable of the back three in this game. Danger tended to come from the left-side of the Posh defence as Bostwick keeps his side bottled up impressively 7

Shaun Brisley: Occasionally went for balls he couldn’t possibly win, but he competed well and he’s making it hard for the manager to drop him when re-inforcements arrive. A couple of sloppy moments in possession in the first half 6

Christian Burgess: Was unnerved at times by the clever movement and sheer speed of those he was supposed to mark. Lost a few key headers as well so all-in-all a dip on his recent displays 5

Michael Smith: Made good runs forward that weren’t always spotted by his team-mates, but he’s slowly working himself back to his best form. Steady going forward and when forced to defend from the wing-back position 6

Joe Newell: It’s a slight risk playing him as a wing-back in an away game as he’s far from a natural defender, but he more than makes up for it with his work going forward. Kept being forced inside onto his right foot, but went on to score with a stunning strike with that weaker foot 7

Jermaine Anderson: Started the game playing accurate if easy passes, but lost his way when Fleetwood started getting a grip on midfield. Team improved markedly in midfield when Anderson was replaced by Payne 5

Harry Beautyman: Way off the mark with his passing and his shooting all game, but his fitness levels are high and he was still charging about making tackles when others had run out of steam 6

Marcus Maddison: Looked back to his best at times with his direct running, but too many of his passes were not pounced upon by the Posh strikers. Good to see him getting back on his feet when tackled/fouled and concentrating on winning the ball back rather than moaning at referees 7

Conor Washington: A game when the ball didn’t stick and he played no meaningful part in the contest other than to close defenders down when they were in possession. Disappointing 5

Luke James: His effort and work-rate are so deserving of success, but he continues to struggle to make an impact. Works hard, runs the channels willingly, challenges for headers, but doesn’t exactly frighten defenders 5

Substitutes:

Jack Payne: (for Anderson, 58 mins) Looked sharp and competitive. Should stay in the side.

Aaron Mclean: (for Washington, 84 mins) No time to get involved

Erhun Oztumer: (not used).

Ricardo Santos: (not used).

Harry Anderson: (not used).

Deon-Curtis Henry: (not used).

Kgosi Ntlhe: (not used).

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