POSH PLAYER VERDICTS: Elder’s best game for Peterborough United

Callum Elder celebrates his goal for Posh against Doncaster. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
Callum Elder celebrates his goal for Posh against Doncaster. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
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On-loan Leicester City left-back Callum Elder scored the first Football League goal of his career for Peterborough United in a 4-0 League One win over Doncaster at the ABAX Stadium today (October 24).

The goal capped a terrific display by the Australian, his best in a Posh shirt according to the Peterborough Telgraph.

Erhun Oztumer is delighted with his second goal in two games for Posh. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Erhun Oztumer is delighted with his second goal in two games for Posh. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Ben Alwnick: Commanded his penalty area very impressively, regularly leaving his line to catch crosses and take the pressure off his defenders. Also made a couple of decent saves when called upon the second-half 7

Jermaine Anderson: Started the match at right-back as Posh felt they wouldn’t need to do much defending in that area, but he was probably happy to be able to move into midfield when Zakuani was substituted. Played with lots of energy, even if his passing wasn’t always accurate 7

Callum Elder: Enjoyed the freedom he was given on the left side and attacked relentlessly for 90 minutes without neglecting his defensive duties. The first goal of his Football League career was slightly fortunate, but also well taken. Some outstanding link-up play with Jon Taylor. Easily his best Posh display 8

Ricardo Almeida Santos: A wild challenge that earned him a caution aside, this was a much better performance. Very forceful when defending and played one of the balls of the season over 60 yards to send Conor Washington through in the first-half. He’s a big talent, albeit with some defensive flaws to iron out 7

Gaby Zakuani: Towering header to open the scoring, but picked up an injury and left the action after just 16 minutes

Michael Bostwick: Played some splendid passes early on and then defended stoutly when covering for Zakuani at centre-back. Great attitude and commitment and deserved to get away with a first-half slip when Santos came to his rescue 7

Chris Forrester: Continues to delight with the precision and timing of his passes. He does occasionally give the ball away in dangerous areas, but he never hides. Taken off towards the end after getting an unintentional bash to the head 7

Erhun Oztumer: Superb in the first-half when his athleticism, his vision and the accuracy of his passing proved too much for lumbering opponents. Created the crucial first goal with an accurate set-piece and delivered a sublime finish for the second goal. Sponsors’ man-of-the-match and a huge crowd favourite 8

Jon Taylor: His fine run of form continued with another display of hard, direct running. He was a real pest and made some lung-bursting runs in support of the defence as well as hie fellow forwards 7

Conor Washington: His one-one-one finishing let him down again, but he responded with a cracking 25-yard strike into the corner late on which should boost his confidence. He is making some clever runs into space and his pace and workrate were a big problem for the Doncaster defence 7

Souleymane Coulibaly: He is going to be a frustrating and yet very entertaining player to watch. The Ivory Coast junior international is all action and his non-stop running was too hot for this opposition to handle. Should have scored a couple, but also hit the post with a stunning strike and played a key part in Oztumer’s goal with some strong hold-up play and a perfectly weighted pass 7

Substitutes:

Michael Smith: (for Zakuani, 16 mins) Suprisingly left out of the starting line-up, but responded well when thrown into the action early 7

Andrew Fox: (for Anderson, 67 mins) A Football League debut in midfield for the former American college player.

Lee Angol: (for Oztumer, 75 mins) Strong and set up a late chance that Coulibaly should have converted.

Kyle Vassell: (not used).

Jack Collison: (not used).

Alex Davey: (not used)

Dion-Curtis Henry: (not used).