Peterborough United delivered another scintillating all-round display as they beat Luton Town 2-0 in the second round of the FA Cup at the ABAX Stadium today (December 6).
There were some high-class individual displays. There would have been some even higher marks, but for some wasteful finishing.
If the Peterborough Telegraphed had marked Luton goalkeeper Mark Tyler, he would have received a 9/10.
Ben Alwnick: Another easy afternoon for the Posh number one, Caught his crosses well and rushed off his line to ensure Craig Mackail-Smith missed his scoring opportunity. Otherwise it was an exercise in keep-ball for the under-worked goalkeeper 6.5
Michael Smith: He’s currently displaying great energy levels. His forward runs are usually well-timed and his crossing from the right wing is mostly accurate. Played one superb first-time volleyed cross which should have led to an early goal for Conor Washington. Takes the odd chance with a pass defensively, but the good is far out-weighing the bad at the moment 7.5
Callum Elder: Wasn’t at his sharpest today, but he has set himself very high standards with a string of excellent displays. He’s always positive, but his passing and crossing weren’t to his normal high level 6.5
Ricardo Santos: Mackail-Smith breezed past the big defender in the early stages, but good positioning by Santos and some poor passing from Luton ensured it didn’t happen again until a midfield error set the Posh legend through on goal. Santos is delivering one excellent surge forward in every game. Clearly talented, clearly still learning 7
Michael Bostwick: He’s currently playing to a superb standard. Commanding again as a central defender here and played one glorious pass which should have led to a goal-of-the-season contender. Very impressive 8.5
Chris Forrester: Glides around the pitch playing accurate passes, although a couple went astray today. Always has so much time on the ball which is the sign of a class player 7
Jermaine Anderson: Slipped and appeared to twist his knee in the second minute. Substituted a couple of minutes later
Erhun Oztumer: What a mixed, but always entertaining, performance from the player Luton rejected on medical grounds. He played some outstanding passes which only someone with top vision could have pulled off, but he also missed a sitter with his head and almost cost Posh a goal when losing possession in a bad area by trying to be too clever. A joy to watch, mostly 7.5
Jon Taylor: Apparently picked up a knock which made him miss a couple of days training. He aggravated it slightly here and was substituted at half-time. He’d done okay up to then 6.5
Conor Washington: His pace and movement tormented Luton all afternoon and only some poor finishing and some fine goalkeeping stopped him scoring a second hat-trick in two games. Wayward at times in front of goal, but his goal was beautifully taken 7.5
Lee Angol: This youngster could well turn out to be a Posh star of the future. He was a handful when playing right up top before the break, but shone even brighter when deployed in a slightly deeper position in the second-half. Collected the ball well under pressure and caused panic in the Luton back four when he ran at them. Perhaps tried too hard to score against his old club and missed an absolute sitter from a precise Smith cross in the second-half. 7.5
Harry Beautyman: (for Anderson, 5 mins) Another all-action display with some decent moments. Should have scored early on 7
Marcus Maddison: (for Taylor, 46 mins) Pepped the side up and scored a quality goal to settle the outcome 7.5
Andrew Fox: (for Oztumer, 90 mins)
Dion-Curtis Henry: (not used).
Jack Baldwin: (not used).
Miles Addison: (not used).
Souleymane Coulibaly: (not used).