POSH PLAYER VERDICTS: A mis-firing striker and an exposed back four prove costly for Peterborough United

Erhun Oztumer scores the second Posh goal at Coventry. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Erhun Oztumer scores the second Posh goal at Coventry. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

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Peterborough United enjoyed some dazzling individual moments despite slipping to a 3-2 defeat at Coventry in League One today (October 31).

Unfortunately there were also some horror Halloween moments as Posh let slip a 2-0 half-time lead.

Jermaine Anderson is congratulated after opening the scoring for Posh at Coventry. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Jermaine Anderson is congratulated after opening the scoring for Posh at Coventry. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Posh’s best player, Chris Forrester, left the field after 49 minutes.

Ben Alnwick: Played pretty well considering he let three goals in. Tipped a shot onto the post which led to the first Coventry goal and then beaten by two accurate finishes. Caught some corners to relieve the pressure. Cautioned for time wasting 7

Michael Smith: He was a decent attacking foil from right back in the first half, but his charges upfield when Coventry were on top after the break were occasionally ill-judged. Coventry exploited the space he left behind and also took advantage of the fact that Ricardo Santos was then left exposed 6

Callum Elder: Never threatened to reach the heights of the previous match, but then Coventry were far more formidable opposition than Doncaster. Defended soundly, but it was his cross that was charged down that led to Coventry’s equalising goal. Posh get caught out too often with both full-backs up the pitch 6

Ricardo Santos: He lacks the speed and balance to play against strikers of Adam Armstrong’s speed of thought and fleet-footedness. Coventry ran past him at will in the second-half as the big centre-back received no help at all from those to his right or those directly in front of him. It was a chastening second-half for the youngster 5

Michael Bostwick: Almost presented Coventry with a third-minute goal with an alarmingly sloppy pass, but recovered to make numerous interceptions and blocks. He was solid enough at the back, but Posh could have done with his commitment and power in midfield when Coventry improved after the break 6

Chris Forrester: He was playing so well it was a real hammer blow when he was forced off early in the second-half after becoming unwell. The accuracy of his passes helped Posh keep the ball really well in the first-half, but he was also mobile enough to be an effective shield in front of the back four. Those qualities left the field with him 8

Jermaine Anderson: Excellent first-half capped by sweeping home a fine goal to put Posh ahead. He battled gamely throughout and supplied the pass for the second Posh goal, but his legs went early in the second-half and it was a struggle right up until his late substitution 7

Erhun Oztumer: Bright and busy for 45 minutes and scored with a wonderful 25-yard strike. He perhaps should have shot more often when well-placed. His influence waned in the second half, although he still played Conor Washington through at 2-1 when a goal then would probably have sealed three points 7

Jon Taylor: Proved tough to contain in the first-half when his movement and speed helped the Posh midfield run rings round their opponents. Another to struggle when Coventry turned up the heat and made a couple of poor choices around the home penalty area when Posh were threatening 7

Conor Washington: Approach play first-half: 9. Finishing first half; 5. Approach play second-half: 6. Finishing second half: 4. Average is a six, but as finishing is his main job and he could have scored five goals in this game he has to be marked down even more. Created the first Posh goal with a fine run and cross 5.

Souleymane Coulibaly: So much energy and pace, but he must read and digest the offside law and he needs to keep the ball better when his back is to goal. Didn’t have any clear-cut chances, but some wayward shooting from distance. Withdrawn early in the second half to see if Posh could keep the ball better, They couldn’t 6

Substitutes:

Jack Collison: (for Forrester, 49 mins): Lacked the speed and energy to contribute anything at all. Coventry just passed the ball around him with ease 4

Lee Angol: (for Coulibalym 57 mins): Couldn’t get into the game. His very languid running style does him no favours with the Posh fans 5

Kyle Vassell: (for Anderson, 83 mins): Posh were a spent force by the time this striker was thrown on

Dion-Curtis Henry: (not used).

Alex Davey: (not used).

Andrew Fox: (not used).

Harry Beautyman: (not used).