POSH REACTION: Not a lot to shout about for the Peterborough United players

Simon Gillett of Posh and Bobby Grant of Fleetwood do battle. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
Simon Gillett of Posh and Bobby Grant of Fleetwood do battle. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
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Peterborough United delivered a dismal display at Fleetwood tonight (April 5).

Posh boss Graham Westley was furious with his side’s display and the Peterborough Telegraph’s Posh writer wasn’t impressed either as Fleetwood coasted to a 2-0 success.

Posh forward Shaquile Coulthirst battles for possession at Fleetwood. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Posh forward Shaquile Coulthirst battles for possession at Fleetwood. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Ben Alnwick: Couldn’t do a lot about the goals, made some routine saves from shots from distance, but his kicking was awful 5

Michael Smith: Looked laboured in and out of possession. Not a night to remember and looked far weaker than his Northern Irish right-back rival Conor McLaughlin in the Fleetwood side 5

Kgosi Nthle: A surprise selection and never really threatened to explain it with his performance. Erratic on the ball and his positioning defensively was woeful 4

Gaby Zakuani: Tried hard to repel regular home attacks, Far from foot perfect, but better than most. Good attitude 6

Michael Bostwick: A night to forget for the team’s leader. Picked up a ridiculous caution in the third minute and saw a penalty saved that would have dragged Posh level just before the break. Solid defensive effort 5

Simon Gillett: This was hard going for a midfielder who was asked to cover too much ground. Caught in possession too often, and too easily out-manouevred, and no surprise when he was substituted early in the second half 4

Harry Beautyman: Never threatened to match recent endeavours. Fleetwood were dominant in most areas, but particularly in midfield. Beautyman tried hard, but was out-matched here 5

Marcus Maddison: For the first time recently he was met by a skilled defender with pace and as a result he was ineffective apart from one early shot that was saved and a couple of late crosses 5

Lee Angol: A combative display, not much of it was well-directed. Struggled to get into the game 5

Shaquile Coulthirst: Played with a lot of energy and plenty of pace. Gave the ball away a lot and ran up blind alleys, but it was his excellent surge that won Posh a penalty. He is exempt from criticisms relating to a lack of passion 6

Aaron Williams: He’s found the last two games, with the change of formation, difficult. He plays in the most advanced yet struggles to hold the ball up when challenged by powerful defenders 5

Substitutes:

Jon Taylor: (for Williams, 54 mins)

Martin Samuelsen: (for Gillett, 64 mins).

Tom Nichols: (for Angol, 76 mins).

Erhun Oztumer: (not used).

Ricardo Santos: (not used).

Chris Forrester: (not used)

Mark Tyler: (not used).