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).

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).