Peterborough United’s players found a trip to second-placed League One side Preston last night (March 17) predictably tougher than recent games.
Few Posh players managed to win their individual battles according to Alan Swann of the Peterborough Telegraph.
Ben Alnwick: Most of Preston’s attempts on goal were from long range and he handled things pretty well. Beaten by a good 20-yard finish and a close-range tap-in 6
Michael Smith: No real alarms, but beaten too easily on the outside for the second goal 6
Kgosi Ntlhe: Bravely blocked a couple of goal-bound shots and defended well against the many deep crosses Preston aimed at top scorer Joe Garner 7
Ricardo Santos: Looked set for a long night when Garner strolled past him in the opening stages, but he recovered to defend the Posh penalty area very solidly 7
Gaby Zakuani: Conceded a couple of soft free-kicks early on against clever forwards, but he was usually strong and decisive in clearing his lines 7
Jack Payne: Struggled to get a grip on talented opponent in Daniel Johnson. Might well have been concerned about picking up the caution that will lead to a two-game ban 6
Michael Bostwick: Found this team a lot harder to bully and was substituted before the end. Due an average game to be fair and collected his eighth caution of the season 6
Joe Newell: The odd moment of attacking promise and occasionally linked up well with Ntlhe 6
Jon Taylor: The only Posh player to force the Preston goalkeeper into a difficult save and that was 15 minutes from time. Some excellent set-piece deliveries, but Posh players couldn’t get on the end of them 6
Conor Washington: His pace and workrate was stretching the Preston defence in the first-half so it was a surprise when he was hauled off early in the second-half as the Posh attack worsened quickly without him. He did miss a sitter at 0-0 though 6
Luke James: Never given a chance by some very strong Preston defenders. Hardly seen in possession 5
Kyle Vassell: (for Washington, 54 mins).
David Norris: (for Bostwick, 72 mins).
Dion-Curtis Henry: (not used).
Shaun Brisley: (not used).
Christian Burgess: (not used).
Harry Anderson: (not used).
Harry Beautyman: (not used).