Joe Ward celebrates his goal for Posh against Arsenal. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
But which of the back-up boys impressed the Peterborough Telegraph?
Made a fine double save early on which must have helped his fragile confidence. Looked very safe and spoke well to the makeshift back four. Delivered a strong performance at right-back. His pace is a big asset in that position. Supported the attack well and scored the only goal, albeit with the help of a deflection. Very secure defensively and attacked with purpose. Denied a great late goal by a fine save. A very pleasing first-team debut for the tall centre-back. Stayed strong when Posh were struggling in the first-half. Bossed a lively set of forwards without breaking sweat. Like most of the team far better after the break than in the first-half. Looked stylish when he started passing the ball positively. A decent full debut for the midfielder. A couple of pleasing moments on the ball, but hesitated when in shooting positions. He should have established himself back in the squad with a fine performance on the right of a midfield diamond. Ran hard, tackled hard and passed accurately. A touch disappointing after his fine weekend cameo. Passed the ball safely and looked to tire towards the end. Worked hard for the team, but no sign of a partnership with Dembele on this occasion. Should have scored after the break, but too slow to react to a rebound. Tried to do too much on his own. One good shot saved before the break, but wayward otherwise from the stand-in skipper. Showed explosive pace, great drive and a fair bit of skill in his 15 minutes on the pitch.