Ratings: Posh chairman was right - his players were a big let-down again

Kgosi Ntlhe on the attack for Posh against Colchester. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
Kgosi Ntlhe on the attack for Posh against Colchester. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

The Peterborough Telegraph’s Alan Swann didn’t disagree with Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony’s negative verdict on his players following the 2-0 home defeat by Colchester United yesterday (January 10).

Match report: Posh 0, Colchester 2 - Manager survives but will his team?

Post-match reaction: Posh Chairman MacAnthony delivers remarkable Twitter rant at his players

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Ben Alnwick: If the goalkeeper is reponsible for spotting danger and organising his back four than this number one is failing. His glaring errors are rare, but he doesn’t seem to make too many saves either. Three shots, two goals in this game, but he is far less culpable than others 5

Michael Smith: A big disappointment despite playing 90 minutes in his preferred position of right-back. He has the speed and awareness that should make a good full-back, but he was defensively and offensively hesitant yesterday 5

Kgosi Ntlhe: The left-back is an athletic sort, but he needs instruction on how to make best use of possession in the attacking third of the pitch. Too often he wastes great positions by delaying his pass, crossing poorly or taking wildly inappropriate pots at goal 5

Christian Burgess: He can look very elegant on the ball, but he was one of the first to get frustrated when lots of early possession didn’t deliver a goal. Started punting long, hopeful balls which delighted a Colchester defence that had struggled to start with. Lost possession and couldn’t recover for the second Colchester goal 5

Michael Bostwick: He played pretty solidly, but was beaten to a low cross for the first Colchester goal. Part of a defence that looked worryingly vulnerable whenever a poor side went on the attack 5

Jack Payne: He looked up for the fight for the first 20 minutes, but once booked in the first-half he looked afraid to make another challenge. His passing, which was decent in the early stages, also deserted him 5

Harry Beautyman: Anonymous. Played in a more defensive role than he would like in order to get the (allegedly) more creative players in the side and didn’t really have an influence on the match 5

Erhun Oztumer: Started brightly, but was soon dragged down to the level of those around him. Forced the Colchester goalkeeper into two early saves with 20 yard shots, but spent the second-half of the game giving the ball away either by passing poorly or by hanging onto the ball for far too long. At least he never hides which is not something that can be said about every player 5

Marcus Maddison: Looks short of match practice and became frustrated by operating in a congested central midfield area. I wouldn’t ever substitute the team’s most likely goal-scorer when chasing a game, but his performance made it easy for the manager to justify his decision 5

Joe Newell: Lightweight display which was a shame after some encouraging performances in recent times. Completely unsuited to a central role as he’s too easy to get past. Missed a great chance to shoot Posh ahead 5

Luke James: His poor form is a shame as his attitude is spot-on. Had to deal with some hopeless lobs forward by team-mates and played with little support all game. More effective out wide late on, but his lack of confidence in front of goal was painfully obvious when missing a golden opportunity to fire Posh in front. Colchester opened the scoring two minutes later 5.

Substitutes:

Conor Washington: (for Maddison, 57 mins). Hardly spotted in 35 minutes on the pitch 5

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing: (for Beautyman, 57 mins). Some awful crosses, but at least tried to make something happen 5

Aaron Mclean: (for Newell, 78 mins). No time to make an impact in such a struggling side 5

Dion-Curtis Henry: (not used).

Kyle Vassell: (not used).

Shaun Brisley: (not used).

Jermaine Anderson: (not used).

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