Two-goal Ivan Toney leads an outstanding all-round Peterborough United performance

Peterborough United delivered one of their best performances just when they needed it at Fratton Park tonight (April 30).

By Alan Swann
Tuesday, 30th April 2019, 11:38 pm
Updated Wednesday, 1st May 2019, 7:58 am
Posh skipper Alex Woodyard tackles Pompey's Jamal Lowe. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
Posh skipper Alex Woodyard tackles Pompey's Jamal Lowe. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Two-goal Ivan Toney led an outstanding all-round as automatic promotion chasers Portsmouth were beaten 3-2 in a dramatic contest.

The win keeps Posh in with a chance of reaching the League One play-offs.

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

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Posh winger Joe Ward celebrates the 3-2 win at Fratton Park. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Aaron Chapman: Made a couple of fine saves with his feet after a dodgy start to the game. Wish he would leave his line a bit more, but he’s done well since his return to the side 7

Jason Naismith: Kept two dangerous wingers in check with a robust defensive display. Didn’t need to get forward 7

Daniel Lafferty: Looked like Jamal Lowe was going to terrorise him in the first 25 minutes, but the left-back settled down to play well, especially in the second half, apart from one wayward pass which nearly gifted Pompey a third goal 7.

Ryan Tafazolli: A welcome return to the side for the big man. Different class at the back, should have scored with a close range header, but who cares? Won his defensive headers and made one outstanding block in front of his own goal 9

Jason Naismith of Peterborough United celebrates the victory at Portsmouth. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Ben White: Incredibly cool display from one so inexperienced. Veteran striker Pitman got no change from him 8

Josh Knight: Outstanding in a defensive midfield role. A real revelation. Covered so much ground, broke up so many tackles and had a hand in the crucial first goal with a fine pass 9

Alex Woodyard: A brilliant non-stop display from the skipper. Won his tackles, superb in the final 15 minutes when he still had bundles of energy 8

Joe Ward: Not at home on the left side, but made a couple of vital interceptions. Substituted early in the second half 7

Lee Tomlin: His best display since he returned to Posh in January. A cool finish got Posh in front and he was superb in possession, rarely giving the ball away and winning free kicks to relieve pressure 8

Marcus Maddison: Two assists and could easily have had a third. Never seen him work so hard as well. Excellent effort 8

Ivan Toney: What a return to form for the big man. He’s past 20 goals for the season now and they were two clinical finishes here as well. Led the line superbly 9

Substitutes

Siriki Dembele: (for Ward, 65 mins) A superb half an hour, worked tirelessly, defended well hard to shake off the ball 8

Harrison Burrows (not used).

Rhys Bennett: (not used).

Matty Stevens: (not used).

Callum Cooke: (not used).

Conor O’Malley: (not used).

Tyler Denton: (not used).