Joe Ward of Peterborough United scores the opening goal of the game at Gillingham. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com
Joe Ward celebrated his return to the side with a stunning goal and Mo Eisa grabbed his 10th goal of the season from the penalty spot.
Made a vital block in the first minute and handled everything else that came his way safely. A surprise inclusion at right-back and he performed well, capped by a stunning strike to open the scoring. Played positively throughout. Another solid, compact display even though he spent most of the game as a third centre-back. Hardly an error all game. A solid return to action. Won his headers and kept things simple and safe on the deck. Troubled by the pace of Hanlon until he moved into the centre of a back three and then he was rock solid. Moved to the base of midfield and was good for the most part. Marred his performance with the back pass that brought Gillingham back into the game. Found it hard work on a difficult surface. Didn't move the ball quickly enough and caught in possession too often as a result. Terrific workrate, but he struggled to impact the game when Posh were on the attack, even when he was moved behind the front two. Started the game very brightly, but then kept losing the ball, sometimes in bad positions. Moved to wing-back and Posh had to get him off as he was causing more problmes for his own team. Shot blocked in first minute and a coolly taken penalty, but otherwise lived off scraps. A quiet game for the big man. Poorly served with no Maddison to feed him. Defended set-pieces well Picked bits up around his own area in his short time on the pitch. Shored the left side up in his 20 minutes on the pitch. Looked busy without doing much in his 10 minutes on the pitch.