It was rather appropriate that a testimonial for a goalkeeper should finish 0-0, even though it was the opposition number one who stole the match headlines.
It was rather appropriate that a testimonial for a goalkeeper should finish 0-0, even though it was the opposition number one who stole the match headlines.Liverpool keeper Martin Hansen tipped a 41st minute penalty from Dean Keates on to the inside of the post to ensure there was no shock defeat for the FA Youth Cup holders.
At the other end Mark Tyler had to be satisfied with another clean sheet to accompany the 116 he's kept for Posh in competitive football, although he will probably value the non-stop appreciation he received from a handsome crowd of 9,339 rather more.
This was the second outstanding occasion the wealthier London Road patrons have enjoyed this summer, but his time there were no complaints about handing over hard-earned cash to one of the most popular Posh players in recent history.
Tyler was awarded a guard of honour by both sets of players before the game and presented with some fabulous gifts by representatives of both clubs. He spent his 70 minute appearance admiring Liverpool's possession play, but only being tested when aggressive Austrian Besian Idrijaz smacked one at him from 20 yards in the 16th minute.
He was generally well protected by a defence which featured an encouraging display from Spurs cast-off Charlie Lee, although Posh did little going forward themselves in a game which would have generated some dissent on an ordinary Saturday.
Posh boss Darren Ferguson himself dismisses these prestigious friendlies as rather meaningless. For professional reasons he is looking forward to trips to Stevenage, Kettering and Billericay in the next seven days rather more than meeting Manchester United.
Ferguson said: "I was pleased for Mark that he managed to attract Liverpool down for a game and the crowd was fantastic.
"He deserved that and it was a good game, but I will learn far more from playing the likes of Stevenage and Kettering than from playing against teams like Liverpool."
Ferguson's selection conundrums are beginning to take shape. He employed the 3-5-2 formation for the first time this summer and, within this system at least, it appears to be Jamie Day v Josh Low, Adam Newton v Chris Whelpdale, Keates v Peter Gain, Charlie Lee v Craig Morgan and Rene Howe v Aaron Mclean – only Micah Hyde doesn't appear to have an obvious rival, unless it's the versatile Lee.
In this match Posh defended well, but struggled to make any impact going forward. Keates' penalty was only the second shot Posh struck at goal and the first arrived moments earlier when Low's fierce strike was blocked by the hands of visiting centre-back Micki Roque
Posh were otherwise frustrated by Liverpool's ability to build patiently from the back. The Reds have a tradition for this sort of thing, unlike regular visiting teams to London Road who tend to prefer the hoof.
Lee defended strongly and he had to as Idrijaz proved a real handful. Apart from that early strike, which drew the biggest cheer of the 90 minutes, Tyler also foiled a long-range daisy-cutter from the same striker.
For Posh George Boyd flitted in and out of the match and was occasionally impressive, while Low has a real ability to find space when employed as a left wing-back.
Of more concern to Ferguson will be finding a way to get the best out of Micah Hyde and Keates in midfield and choosing from a mass of central defenders who all appear to be of a similar standard.
Claude Gnakpa was disappointingly timid compared to his earlier efforts. His passing was often sloppy and he was beaten on the outside rather too easily at times.
Both wing-backs were replaced at half-time, but it was probably a coincidence that Posh attacked far more purposefully until numerous other substitutions were made just before the hour mark.
Aaron Mclean saw his close range shot deflected over the bar and Shane Blackett's header was expertly tipped to safety by Hansen before the match slipped back into its first-half pattern.
Liverpool created little despite dominating possession and it was Boyd who missed the best opportunity of the match 10 minutes from time after good work from substitute Gain. Boyd created space for himself, but shock weakly.
But goals and results were an irrelevance for a change. This was about honouring a player who has shown rare football loyalty and it was only fitting that he should have the last word.
"A fantastic day," Tyler admitted. "Thanks to everyone who turned out."