Top marks all round for Posh players

Posh striker Luke James starts to celebrate his first goal for over six months at Doncaster. Photo:Joe Dent/theposh.com
Posh striker Luke James starts to celebrate his first goal for over six months at Doncaster. Photo:Joe Dent/theposh.com
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Peterborough United’s 2-0 win in League One at Doncaster today (March 14) has prompted the highest average player mark from Peterborough Telegraph Posh writer Alan Swann for some time.

Ben Alnwick: The goalkeeper is in a very rich vein of form. Two quality stops in the first-half and an absolutely crucial save with his foot just 25 seconds before the second goal. Excellent all-round effort to keep a third clean sheet in four matches 8

Michael Smith: He’s become the very safe, solid right-back Posh thought they had signed in the summer. Not seen too any great effect going forward, but rock-solid defensively. Good positioning and can’t remember a wide player getting past him 7

Kgosi Ntlhe: Defended soundly before the interval, but he lost his way a little after the break. Collected a silly caution for simulation and then lost his decisiveness in the tackle until he was substituted in the final moments 7

Gaby Zakuani: Awesome aerially after a couple of blips early on. He’s played to a consistently high standard in the last four games. Always in the right place at the right time. Impressive again 8

Ricardo Santos: His best display in a Posh shirt. He is benefitting from simple instructions and the timing of his aerial challenges is much improved. Santos was at his lowest ebb when taken off at half-time in the home game against Doncaster, but he was a no-nonsense brute here 8

Jack Payne: Picked up an early booking to make it nine for the season, but that didn’t stop him throwing himself into challenges for the rest of the game. Fortunately his timing was immaculate and he’s now playing like a captain should on a regular basis. 7

Michael Bostwick: He’s just getting better and better. Opponents are being left in a crumpled heap on the floor after he’s visited them with a power-tackle. Forced a fine save from the Doncaster goalkeeper with a splendid shot just before the break. 8

Joe Newell: Regularly skinned the home right-back before the break, although his dribbling skills weren’t matched by the quality of his decision-making or his crosses. Quieter in the second-half, but tracked back with discipline before he was taken off 20 minutes from time 7

Jon Taylor: Perfect cross for the crucial opening goal. He wasn’t particularly dangerous after that, but he occupies defenders and carries out his defensive duties with diligence. 7

Conor Washington: He wasn’t brilliant on the ball, but his fitness and workrate meant he still made a sizeable contribution to an excellent win. Very cool finish for the second goal which wrapped up a vital win 7

Luke James: His first goal since September was greeted with great joy by team-mates, fans and management team alike which shows how highly he’s thought off even during the lengthy barren run in front of goal. Took the goal superbly and delivered a typical display full of unselfish running and battling 7

Substitutes:

Harry Anderson: (for Newell, 76 mins).

Kyle Vassell: (for James, 86 mins)

Shaun Brisley: (for Ntlhe, 90 mins)

Dion-Curtis Henry: (not used).

Harry Beautyman: (not used).

Erhun Oztumer: (not used)

David Norris: (not used).