Too many players way below their best form

Posh midfielder Michael Bostwick in action against Scunthorpe. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com

Posh midfielder Michael Bostwick in action against Scunthorpe. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com

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For the second game in a row Peterborough United suffered from having too many players off form at Scunthorpe today (April 3).

Scunthorpe won the League One match 2-0 and here are the player verdicts as written by Peterborough Telegraph Posh writer Alan Swann.

Ben Alnwick: He looked shaky under the high ball at times and his clearance kicks weren’t always accurate. Made a good save in each half that kept the score down 6

Michael Smith: Had to look after an 18 year-old debutant playing in front of him and understandably there wasn’t much of a partnership there. Defended okayl, although the excellent McSheffrey created the second Scunthorpe goal from his flank 6

Kgosi Ntlhe: He seems to have lost what attacking confidence he had and as he hasn’t been rock-solid defensively in the last couple of games that might be a big concern for the Posh manager. Untidy display 5

Ricardo Santos: His mis-timed attempt at a headed clearance played a part in the crucial opening goal. Otherwise he just did what he as told and booted the ball clear at every opportunity. Not as strong as he had been in previous games 5

Gaby Zakuani: Was often doing the work of two men as the players either side of him struggled badly. Total commitment as usual before being forced off the pitch after a clash of heads 7

Michael Bostwick: Some of his passing was a bit iffy, but he still looked a giant among some pretty insigificant team-mates today. Only player to test the Scunthorpe ‘keeper and he did it twice albeit from distance on both occasions. Powerful in the tackle as usual 7

Harry Beautyman: Didn’t know he was playing until an hour or so before kick-off which might explain why he took a while to get going. He didn’t seem to enjoy trying to play so many long balls and he was often caught in possession. A big opportunity missed for a player who has been out of favour under this manager 5

Joe Newell: His consistently high standards have dropped in recent games and this was another 90 minutes when he rarely beat his full-back or delivered a decent cross. Some lightweight attempts at defending also 5

Harry Anderson: The 18 year-old was probably third choice for the right wing role, but he acquitted himself well in the first 45 minutes when he regularly tested Scunthorpe left-back Marcus Williams. Poor in the second-half when he looked to have run out of steam 5

Conor Washington: A surprising starter after his poor 45-minute effort in the game before this one. He lasted just over an hour this time, but didn’t play any better. Offered no outlet with his runs and he finds heading the ball difficult. Poor 4

Luke Williams: Drifted in and out of the game in the first-half before disappearing altogether in the second-half. Looks like he wants to drop off the front to collect the ball, but this team isn’t playing in that way. A rather strange and ineffectual full debut 4.

Substitutes:

Aaron Mclean: (for Washington, 61 mins) Tried hard, won some headers, but never looked like scoring 5

David Norris: (for Beautyman, 61 mins) Far more positive than the man he replaced 6

Alan Sheehan: (for Zakuani, 76 mins) Little chance to impress

Dion-Henry Curtis: (not used).

James Pearson: (not used).

Toby Adebayo-Rowling; (not used).

Luke James: (not used).