PLAYER VERDICTS: Nichols nets Peterborough United man-of-the-match prize

The man-of-the-match played for just over half-an-hour as Peterborough United beat AFC Wimbledon in the first round of the English Football League Trophy at the ABAX Stadium tonight (August 9).

Tuesday, 9th August 2016, 11:01 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 7:18 pm
Tom Nichols celebrates the winning goal for Posh against AFC Wimbledon with Jack Baldwin. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Substitute Tom Nichols supplied two fine finishes - the second one in the 93rd minute - as Posh won 3-2.

Ben Alnwick: He’s not looking at all safe. Got away with a big blunder at 2-1, played Callum Chettle into trouble for the Dons’ equaliser 5

Hayden White: A most entertaining defender. His pace gets him out of trouble defensively. Loves a quick surge forward 6

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Posh midfielder Gwion Edwards battles against AFC Wimbledon winger Chris Whelpdale. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Andrew Hughes: His defending was solid enough, but Posh needed an attacking outlet at left-back and his substitution early in the second-half came as no surprise 5

Michael Bostwick: The best of the Posh back four. Made some terrific blocks in the second-half. Struggled aerially 7

Jack Baldwin: He battled his way through another 90 minutes without ever being totally convincing 6

Chris Forrester: A mixed bag. Lots of effort, but not always channelled effectively though. Taken off with a knock 20 minutes from time 6

Posh striker Paul Taylor battles for possession with Dean Parrett of AFC Wimbledon. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Leo Da Silva Lopes: Good cross for first Posh goal on an otherwise tough night. Competed well though. You’d never know he was 17 6

Gwion Edwards: Did all his best work in the second-half. A quite brilliant late run led to the corner from which Posh won the game 6

Marcus Maddison: Only forward player who looked likely to create or score until Nichols came on. Always busy and bright and always a threat 7

Shaquile Coulthirst: Poor. No good runs, very few good touches. He’s a trier and his speed should be a bigger asset than it is 5

Posh midfielder Gwion Edwards battles against AFC Wimbledon winger Chris Whelpdale. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Paul Taylor: A maddening talent in so many ways. Team-mates don’t know what he’s going to do next so opponents can’t possibly know. Took his first professional goal since November, 2013 well and created late winner with a header 7

Substitutes:

Tom Nichols: (for Coulthirst, 56 mins) Showed more natural attacking instincts than the rest of the forwards in just 30 minutes on the pitch 8

Jerome Binnom-Williams: (for Hughes, 56 mins) Gave his team a bit more energy when he arrived 6

Posh striker Paul Taylor battles for possession with Dean Parrett of AFC Wimbledon. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Callum Chettle: (for Forrester, 72 mins) Looked full of running, but cost Posh a goal with poor control 6

Adil Nabi: (not used).

Jermaine Anderson: (not used).

Mark Tyler: (not used).

Michael Smith: (not used).