Peterborough United delivered an impressive all-round display to earn three points in new manager Graham Westley’s first match in charge at Bradford City today (September 26).
Peterborough Telegraph Posh writer Alan Swann was particularly impressed with the team’s midfield players.
Ben Alnwick: One or two iffy moments, but he made a crucial save from a close-range header at 0-0. He also punched a few crosses and set-pieces out of the danger area very effectively 7
Michael Smith: Very impressive how he snuffed out the threat of a potentially dangerous winger, Positionally superb and tackled very effieciently. Looked fit and strong 7
Callum Elder: Can claim an assist on the first goal as he burst forward from the back impressively. Very good on the ball and he tackled better than has ever done in a Posh shirt. Good loan signing 7
Gaby Zakuani: Pretty faultless apart from one mis-judgement of a cross that gave Hanson half a chance in the first half and one ill-advised dribble out of defence after the break. Outstanding in the air 7
Ricardo Santos: Drew special praise from the manager after the game after a dominant display. Just needs to cut down on the number of free kicks he conceded, but very promising 7
Michael Bostwick: Terrific midfield destruction job, but also passed the ball accurately. This was the form he showed in the last third of last season. Impressive 8
Chris Forrester: This lad is a serious player. Composed on the ball and very athletic. Good vision as he set the ball rolling for the first goal and a well-timed run into the opposition gave him his first goal in the Football League 8
Erhun Oztumer: Superb in the first-half when he revelled in the space he was given and in the slowness of those instructed to mark him. Some excellent passing, top vision and a few decent set-pieces. Even won a few tackles, 8
Marcus Maddison: Can’t possibly have worked as hard as this is in a Posh shirt. He had a hand in both goals, but also chased and harried opponents and tracked back effectively. Some wayward shooting, but a fine display 7
Lee Angol: He’s a big, strong lad, but his touch is also pretty good. Won several free kicks because of his ability to accept the ball under pressure. Tap-in goal showed he can turn up in the right place at the rignt time as well 7
Souleymane Coulibaly: You have to admire his energy and enthusiam. His trickery and dribbling skills caused the odd problem, most notably for the crucial game-killing second goal. 7
Conor Washington: (for Coulibaly, 76 mins)
Jon Taylor: (for Oztumer, 83 mins).
Jack Collison: (for Forrester, 90 mins)
Alex Davey: (not used).
Andrew Fox: (not used).
Dion-Curtis Henry: (not used).
Leo Da Silva Lopes: (not used).