POSH PLAYER VERDICTS: Top marks for a top Peterborough United performance

Posh midfielder Harry Beautyman challenges Scunthorpe's Jack King. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Posh midfielder Harry Beautyman challenges Scunthorpe's Jack King. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

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The 4-0 win in League One at Scunthorpe today (November 28) might well have been Peterborough United’s best performance of the season.

That is reflected in the high marks given to the Posh players by the Peterborough Telegraph.

Conor Washington heads home the first goal from a  Michael Smith cross. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Conor Washington heads home the first goal from a Michael Smith cross. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Well played everyone!

Ben Alnwick: One of his easiest games of the season, but he still showed a safe pair of hands when he was needed to field the handful of long shots that Scunthorpe managed on his goal 7

Michael Smith: Marauded up the pitch so well and so often he should have scored from a 12-yard rebound after the goalkeeper had parried the ball to him. He attackeds with gusto and defended with good discipline. Crosses a good ball from the right-wing and one such pass led to the early opening goal 8

Callum Elder: This is one gifted young Australian. He makes well-timed advances along the left wing and usually delivers a decent cross. Defensively he was also very secure. Tough in the tackle when he had to be 8

Ricardo Santos: Totally dominated big striker Darius Henderson and anyone else who crossed his path. For a young, powerfully-built centre-back he is ridiculously cool and composed in possession. Impressive return to the side 8

Michael Bostwick: Carried on from where he left off from the Barnsley game. Timed his blocks and tackles perfectly for the most part. He doesn’t look like missing from the penalty spot any time soon 8

Chris Forrester: Immaculate performance. Don’t think he wasted a pass from the base of the diamond from where he starts so many attacks. Always available, great vision and his positional sense and awareness means that he can defend well without having to make many tackles. Outstanding 9

Harry Beautyman: Mightily impressive considering he hadn’t started a game since April. Played with great energy and determination and he was only denied a couple of first-half goals by excellent goalkeeping. Went off with cramp midway through the second-half, a sign of the effort he put in 8

Erhun Oztumer: Cruised around midfield areas seemingly on autopilot half the time. Full of confidence in his own ability and his own game and kept the ball moving nicely whenever Posh were in possession. His second-half substitution is becoming a tradition and now he has an exciting young Premier League midfielder chasing his place 7

Jon Taylor: One early run and shot should have led to a second Posh goal in the first-half. His pace and enthusiasm keeps defenders on their toes even when he’s not in possession. He’s becoming a key player in an exciting side 7

Conor Washington: Showed great anticipation and a bit of bravery to head home the first goal, showed great quality to score a brilliant second-goal and showed great composure to complete the first hat-trick of his professional career. Looked very sharp throughout 9

Lee Angol: Had his moments and he’s hard to shake off the ball when he gets into his stride. Over-shadowed by his strike partner in this game, but showing enough to suggest he is in for a very good first season at this level 7

Substitutes:

Marcus Maddison: (for Beautyman, 65 mins) 7

Martin Samuelsen: (for Angol, 67 mins) 8

Andrew Fox: (for Oztumer, 76 mins)

Souleymane Coulibaly: (not used)

Miles Addison: (not used)

Jack Baldwin: (not used)

Dion-Curtis Henry: (not used).