PLAYER VERDICTS: Lots of promise, but no end product
There were many promising individual Peterborough United displays in the 1-1 home draw with Walsall today (September 24), but a lack of an end product again hurt the team.
Some creative Posh midfield play is not being finished by the strikers.
Luke McGee: Beaten by a well-placed header from a fair way out, otherwise nothing tricky to save. One iffy moment with his distribution 6
Michael Smith: Ruined one wonderful run forward with a poor cross, but defended with discipline and spirit, A solid League One performer 6
Andrew Hughes: A strong defender who is hard to get past. Tries hard to get forward in support of the midfield and attack, but made a couple of poor crossing decisions 6
Ryan Tafazolli: Posh need a commanding central defender and he could be the man. Not tested in the air defensively , but made a couple of useful efforts from Posh corners. Held his defensive position well 6
Michael Bostwick: Let his man get in front of him for the Walsall goal, but his blocking of shots and sheer determination makes him a stand out defender for the team 7
Chris Forrester: For 20 minutes of the second-half he ran the entire game with his range of passing and composure on the ball. Dominated Erhun Oztumer and co even though he prefers to try and intercept opposition passes rather than make tackles 8
Tom Nichols: Demied a first goal in seven games by a wonderful flying save, but if he’s not scoring he’s not contributing an awful lot 5
Gwion Edwards: Busy display, always looking to create or score. Denied a goal by a fine save and a goal-line clearance. A very bright attacking midfielder 7
Paul Taylor: He’s at his best when he uses his strength, pace and skill to run at defenders. Created Nichols’ scoring chance with a superb piece of play and was immediately, and rather disappointingly, substituted straight away 7
Marcus Maddison: Once more his brilliance with a ball at his feet rescued a point for Posh. Always looks the most likely to make something happen, although his set-piece deliveries were generally poor 7
George Moncur: Worked hard in a slightly deeper position even though he doesn’t look the most natural defender. He was heavily involved in some of the better passing moves. Posh went downhill quickly after his departure in the second-half 7.
Nathan Oduwa (for Moncur, 76 mins): Struggling to see what his best position is 6
Deon Moore (for Taylor, 71 mins): He looked like a rookie striker 6
Jack Baldwin: (not used).
Mark Tyler: (not used),
Callum Chettle: (not used).
Leo Da Silva Lopes: (not used).
Hayden White: (not used).