POSH VERDICTS: Peterborough United at sixes and sevens (not a bad thing in this instance)

Posh midfielder Jermaine Anderson in action against Walsall before his unfortunate red card. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
Posh midfielder Jermaine Anderson in action against Walsall before his unfortunate red card. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
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Peterborough United delivered a solid display against a gifted Walsall side at the ABAX Stadium today (September 19).

The match finished 1-1 and the players all worked hard without showing too much of an attacking spark.

Ben Alnwick: One or two hairy moments when the ball was in the air, but he made a couple of fine saves towards the end. Handled the ball well on the rare occasions he was called into action in the first half 7

Michael Smith: Had to pass a late fitness test to play and he was reasonably solid without threatening to tear up any trees, He hesitated when presented with a couple of decent crossing opportunities 6

Callum Elder: He’s very comfortable on the ball and he’s sound enough defensively to make sure Posh don’t miss Kgosi Ntlhe’s greater athleticism while he’s on the sidelines. Elder can deliver a good cross 7

Ricardo Almeida Santos: It’s a massive problem when an attacker turns and runs at him as he lacks the mobility to keep up. His heading isn’t great either for such a big defender 6

Gaby Zakuani: Backed off too far on occasion, but he cleared enough headers and intercepted enough crosses to make it a decent day. Little was seen of Walsall top scorer Bradshaw until he limped off 7

Chris Forrester: He is very safe in possession and he has a good engine as he popped up from the base of the diamond in the opposition penalty area late on. Not sure he offers the defensive protection to the back four to make this position his own. Promising though 7

Jermaine Anderson: He’s maturing into a pretty handy player and the decision to send him off was just bonkers. His passing wasn’t always accurate so there is still plenty of room for improvement 6

Erhun Oztumer: Always wants the ball, but he still has a tendency to hang on to it for a split second too long. He can trick his way past an opponent, but he doesn’t have the pace to get clear so he needs to let the ball go a fraction earlier. Great commitment, but a dodgy tackler 6

Marcus Maddison: Off his game despite a couple of excellent early long-range passes. He needs to work hard and learn the role at the tip of the diamond as it should suit a man of his talents 6

Souleymane Coulibaly: Someone teach him the offside law because too many attacks are halted because he is beyond the opposition defensive line. His energy and enthusiasm is impressive though and he deserves a run in the side 6

Lee Angol: Looked a handful in the opening 20 minutes before fading as Walsall started to dominate possession. He’s a good size and he showed a good touch at times 6

Substitutes:

Dion-Curtis Henry: (not used).

Michael Bostwick: (for Forrester, 82 mins)

Conor Washington: (for Angol, 77 mins)

Jon Taylor: (for Maddison, 61 mins).

Jack Collison: (not used).

Harry Anderson: (not used).

Alex Davey: (not used).