Excellent Peterborough United performances at either end of the pitch in victory at Southend

Teamwork got Peterborough United over the line at Southend United today (September 8).

Saturday, 8th September 2018, 8:42 pm
Updated Saturday, 8th September 2018, 9:47 pm
Posh striker Matt Godden wheels away after scoring his second goal at Southend. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com

Posh won 3-2 at Roots Hall to maintain their unbeaten record in League One.

There were several strong dispays, but the Peterborough telegraph man-of-the-match awards went to a centre-back (Ryan tafazolli) and a two-goal striker Matt Godden.

Three second-half substitutes also delivered fine displays.

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Posh goalkeeper Aaron Chapman stretches to tip a first-half header over the crossbar. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

RATINGS: 10 - Perfect, 9 - Outstanding, 8- Very good, 7 - Good. 6 - Average, 5 - Poor, 4 - stinker.

Aaron Chapman: Was kept busy by the Southend forwards, but he was rock solid beating away a few shots and fielding others comfortably. One outrageous piece of skill early in the game saw him lob the ball over an opposing forward before clearing. Only beaten by two close-range finishes 7

Jason Naismith: Powerful defending at the far post, but started to struggle defensively when Southend pushed their left-back well forward. Both goals came from left-sided crosses 6

Colin Daniel: Very strong under the high ball and did a sound job on the deck as well. Made many handy interceptions, but dallied on the ball a couple of times which caused problems 6.5

Posh left-back Colin Daniel skips past a Southend challenge. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Rhys Bennett: Shakey for most of the afternoon. Conceded too many free kicks around his own penalty area with ill-judged challenges and was caught out for the first Southend goal when failing to shepherd the ball out of play for a goal-kick 5

Ryan Tafazolli: His standards remain impressively high. Dominant in the air and snuffed out a few low crosses with expert positioning 8

Alex Woodyard: A little terrier in front of the back four. Relieves pressure with his reading of the game , ability to draw free-kicks and to keep possession by playing simple passes 7

Mark O’Hara: A terrific shift off the ball and a lovely weighted through ball helped set up the winning goal. Won many aerial duels 7.5

Siriki Dembele: Quiet until bursting into life to win and take the free-kick that led to the opening Posh goal. Showed some lovely touches under pressure, but passed the ball indifferently. Substituted late on 6.5

Jamie Walker: Found it hard to get into the game, but struck the top of the crossbar with an excellent free kick from distance. Tired and taken off early in the second half 6

Matt Godden: Johnny-on-the-spot to finish two set-piece goals. His movement and ability to find space in the penalty area is impressive. Set up a decent chance for his strike partner Cummings early in the game 8

Jason Cummings: Made his runs, battled hard to keep possession, but didn’t carry the threat near goal of Godden after missing his early chance. Substituted 6


Marcus Maddison: (for Walker, 55 mins) Looked sharp and lively in his time on the pitch. Set up goal number two and struck the crossbar late on. Found it hard to track Southend left-back so switched to the other side 7

Ivan Toney: (for Cummings, 70 mins) Power and strength were accompanied by some neat touches. Off the mark goals-wise with a close range strike 7

Joe Ward: (for Dembele, 77 mins): Helped change the course of the game. Posh were excellent in his 15 minutes on the pitch, set up the winning goal after a fine run behind the home defence 7

Conor O’Malley: (not used).

George Cooper: (not used).

Louis Reed: (not used).

Josh Yorwerth: (not used).