ALAN SWANN’s Peterborough United player ratings from the 4-0 drubbing of Oxford United

Peterborough United’s players rose to the challenge again as they claimed a fifth League One win in a row at the expense of promotion rivals Oxford United.

Saturday, 8th February 2020, 7:12 pm
Ivan Toney of Peterborough United in action with John Mousinho of Oxford United. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Top scorer Ivan Toney scored twice, but he was far from the only success story in another scintillating Posh display.

Christy Pym: Well protected by his defenders, but when he was called into action he was very safe. Two outstanding late saves from headers capped a fine display from a goalkeeper who is now looking very secure 7

Nathan Thompson: He was troubled by the speed and trickery of Marcus Browne and a deserved first-half caution left him walking a tightrope for the rest of the game. His second yellow, and subsequent red, looked harsh given some of the clear fouls a dreadful referee did miss 6

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Nathan Thompson (hidden) is shown a red card by referee Alain Haines. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Mark Beevers: Oustanding at the heart of the Posh defence. Aerially dominant and read danger so quickly he always snuffed it out 9

Frankie Kent: Picked up an early injury that looked serious. A shame for a centre-back in fine form 6

Joe Ward: Clearly at home these days in the wing-back position. Defended well and set up a good first-half chance for Dembele. Weak set-pieces the only criticism 7

Dan Butler: Played with bags of energy and had a hand in two goals in the second-half, one by running 50 yards with the ball and playing a simple yet effective pass and then with a terrific free kick. No issues defensively 9

Jack Taylor: Didn’t pass the ball as well as he can. In fact he gave it away a lot, but he put a top shift in and worked hard at closing gifted players down 7

Reece Brown: He’s a calm and unassuming presence in midfield. Lacks Josh Knight’s dynamism, but he is adept at keeping possession in tight areas. Taken off straight after the red card 7

Sammie Szmodics: The on-loan star just doesn’t stop running. He constantly put defenders under pressure and three goal assists is not a bad afternoon’s work 9

Ivan Toney: He was actually a little sloppy before the break, but what a display he delivered in the second-half. Two goals, one outrageous long pass which helped create the fourth goal and physically awesome. His booking was soft though, but then the referee did him no favours all game 9

Siriki Dembele: The best player on the pitch in the first-half when he claimed the crucial first goal with a cool finish. Should have had another soon afterwards and then sacrificed when Posh went down to 10 men 8

Substitutes

Niall Mason: (for Kent, 28 mins) Rock solid at the back and tidy on the ball 7

Josh Knight: (for Brown, 67 mins) Gave the team extra energy and a fine finish for the fourth goal 7

Rhys Bennett: (for Dembele, 67 mins) Helped keep a dangerous attacking side at bay by winning his contests 7

Ricky-Jade Jones: (not used).

Aaron Chapman: (not used).

George Boyd: (not used).

Mo Eisa: (not used).