POSH VERDICTS: Magic Marcus was on the top of his game

Man-of-the-match Marcus Maddison in action for Posh against Chesterfield. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
Man-of-the-match Marcus Maddison in action for Posh against Chesterfield. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
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Peterborough United delivered a dominant display as they beat Chesterfield 2-0 in a League One game at the ABAX Stadium today (December 26).

Centre-backs Ricardo Santos and Michael Bostwick were outstanding for Posh, but Marcus Maddison, playing out of position at left-back, was the winner of the Peterborough Telegraph’s man-of-the-match award.

Posh winger Jon Taylor goes past Chesterfield defender Liam O'Neil. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Posh winger Jon Taylor goes past Chesterfield defender Liam O'Neil. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Ben Alnwick: A virtual spectator for 90 minutes, but he did what he had to do confidently and competently. Caught his crosses, cleared his lines well 6

Michael Smith: Some dashing raids up the right flank. Didn’t always find the right pass, but his non-stop, all-action display kept the left side of the Chesterfield team very honest. Solid defensively 7

Marcus Maddison: A left-field choice to play left-back, but what an inspired selection it proved to be. Revelled in the extra space he was able to find and delivered some cracking crosses, most notably for the crucial opening goal. Surged forward in thrilling style at times and was more than adequate defensively 9

Ricardo Santos: Strong comeback after his problems in the previous Posh outing. Won some towering defensive headers, physically bullied Chesterfield’s strikers on the deck, pinged some quality long balls out from the back and went on two rampaging runs forward that had the crowd on their feet. Impressive 8

Michael Bostwick: Not as eye-catching as his central defensive partner, but this was a strong, disciplined display by a centre-back on the top of his game. Very strong in the air and hardly beaten on the deck either 8

Chris Forrester: Lovely fluent runner with the ball at his feet. Very rarely wastes possession whether hitting the ball long or short. Neat little assist for the second Posh goal and also won some key tackles on the edge of his own penalty area 7

Harry Beautyman: Good shift from a hard-working midfielder who was denied a goal by an assistant referee’s flag. Does the ‘dirty’ stuff well. Stronge competitor in the tackle and enjoyed a couple of good creative moments 7

Erhun Oztumer: Not on his game for the most part, but still played one delicious first-half pass that should have led to a goal for Coulibaly. Substituted midway through the second-half 6

Jon Taylor: Had his full-back completely beaten for pace, but couldn’t quite find the goal-creating cross or goal-scoring shot despite numerous attempts. A serious threat all afternoon with his direct running 7

Souleymane Coulibaly: You have to admire his attitude and his energy, but he was badly let down by his finishing. Could have easily scored a hat-trick. Withdrawn 20 minutes from time. 6

Conor Washington: No matter how many chanaces he misses or poor decisions he makes when in possession he keeps putting himself in the firing line. His reward was a heat headed goal and a powerful strike into the top corner off the goalkeeper’s hands. Eleven goals in 11 games is proof of his rapid improvement 7

Substitutes

Martin Samuelsen: (for Oztumer, 69 mins) Some classy touches 7

Lee Angol: (for Coulibaly, 70 mins) Looked strong on the ball 7

Jack Baldwin: (for Beautyman, 81 mins) Good to see him back

Andrew Fox: (not used).

Miles Addison: (not used)

Dion-Curtis Henry: (not used).

Jordon Nicholson: (not used)