Seven-ups all round for Posh players

Harry Beautyman celebrates his goal as Posh beat Rochdale 2-1. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
Harry Beautyman celebrates his goal as Posh beat Rochdale 2-1. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
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Peterborough United’s players performed well as a unit according to Peterborough Telegraph Posh writer Alan Swann as they saw off Rochdale 2-1 at the ABAX Stadium today (February 14).

Ben Alwnick: A very comfortable return to action for the Posh number one. One fine recovery save in the second-half after he’d been lobbed. Kicked well and beaten only by a brilliant 25 yard strike into the top corner 6

Michael Bostwick: The right-sided centre-back has been a model of consistency in recent weeks. He’s rock solid under the high ball and strong in the tackle. He will be susceptible to a quick, direct opponent, but the right-side of the Posh defence looks far more secure than the left. Not a bad passer of the ball when he has time and space 7

Shaun Brisley: Still manages to get caught under the high ball too often for comfort, but he’s playing very steadily. A much tougher test awaits him in a few days time, but playing in the middle of a back three clearly suits Brisley 6

Christian Burgess: Like Brisley his heading can be erratic and he loses too many aerial challenges for a defender of his height. But he’s very classy in possession and his attitude is always spot-on. The tap-in goal was a bonus, but he was in the right place at the right time 6

Michael Smith: The source of pretty much every good Posh attack in the entire game. Perfect cross enabled Beautyman to head Posh in front and several other good crosses caused problems for the Dale defence. Occasionally caught upfield, but another decent display from the right wing-back 7

Joe Newell: Posh rarely attacked down the left in the 45 minutes that Newell was on the pitch. Might have made a stronger challenge to try and stop Rochdale’s goal, but he was playing steadily when limping off at half-time 6

Jack Payne: Efficient in the tackle and with his passing. It must be very difficult playing in the middle of this pitch, but the captain stuck to his task well in this game 6

Harry Beautyman: One suspects Posh fans will see the best of this energetic midfielder when he’s allowed to push forward into the opposition penalty area. Early headed goal was well taken and he might have had a second goal straight away. His stamina is extremely impressive, especially on this bog of a playing surface 7

Erhun Oztumer: Posh have clearly found a player with excellent vision and dribbling skills. He played well enough here, but he must learn when to release the ball. Occasionally a simple pass can be an effective pass and Oztumer can be guilty of over-complicating things 7

Aaron Mclean: A surprise starter as he doesn’t look match fit, but he gave Posh a reasonable hour here before making way. His 201 Posh appearances have virtually all contained enthusiasm and good application, even wheh he’s not been playing well 6

Luke James: This striker is rapidly winning over the hearts and minds of those who watch him live. His lack of goals is a concern - he rarely looked like scoring here - but his work-rate is immense and when he is running down the right wing with the ball at his feet he always looks dangerous. Another fine display 7

Substitutes

Kgosi Ntlhe: (for Newell, 46 mins) Played with lots of energy, not so much intelligence 6

David Norris: (for Oztumer, 69 mins) Quietly effective. Disciplined 6

Jon Taylor: (for Mclean, 65 mins) Rusty, but quick 6

Scott Loach: (not used).

Conor Washington: (not used).

Gaby Zakuani: (not used).

Jermaine Anderson: (not used).