PLAYER VERDICTS: Smith scooped sponsors' prize, but did he win PT award?

Right-back Michael Smith was the sponsors' man-of-the-match as Peterborough United were beaten 2-0 by League One leaders Scunthorpe United at the ABAX Stadium tonight (November 22).

Tuesday, 22nd November 2016, 11:32 pm
Updated Tuesday, 29th November 2016, 10:27 am
Posh right-back Michael Smith wins a header against Scunthorpe. Photo: David Lowndes.

And the Northern Irishman also caught the eye of the Peterborough Telegraph’s man at the match.

The fact that Posh didn’t play well was emphasised by half-time substitute Gwion Edwards receiving one of the highre marks.

VERDICTS

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Marcus Maddison on the charge for Posh against Scunthorpe. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Luke McGee: Blameless, although he did fumble a cross for the first time this season during the second-half. Lost his temper at team-mates after the second goal which shows he cares about his temporary club 7

Michael Smith: Brighter than most and easy to understand why sponsors made him the Posh man-of-the-match. Should possibly have scored early in the second-half and stung the goalkeepers hands from 25 yards a bit later on. Defensively sound 7.5

Andrew Hughes: Struggled to pass the ball accurately in the first-half and was exposed by the speed of little Duane Holmes after the break. A rare tough night for the left back 5

Jack Baldwin: Had a bruising battle with big van Veen who just about got the better of him. Collected a silly caution early on and now suspended, but he kept on battling 6.5

Posh striker Tom Nichols is surrounded by Scunthorpe defenders. Photo: David Lowndes.

Ryan Tafazolli: Competed gamely as Posh were put under constant pressure in the first-half. Never given any time on the ball by a well-drilled and hard-working outfit 6.5

Michael Bostwick: A real come down after some outstanding displays at the base of the midfield diamond. Found the quick-witted, fleet-footed Scunthorpe midfielders too hot to handle. Substituted midway through the second half 5

Chris Forrester: Started brightly, but his passing went to pot quite quickly. Tries too hard if anything, but out-played tonight 5

Leo Da Silva Lopes: The teenager received a much-needed rest at half-time after a poor 45 minutes 5

Marcus Maddison on the charge for Posh against Scunthorpe. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Marcus Maddison: Awful first-half, but sent in some lovely crosses after the break which almost led to goals. Played better when stationed out wide 5.5

Tom Nichols: His touch is decent, his movement isn’t bad, but he missed the one scoring chance that came his way at a time when it might have led to a draw 5.5

Shaquile Coulthirst: Nothing went right for the industrious striker. Couldn’t hold the ball up or keep it when receiving possession in space. No surprise to see him hooked at the break 4

Substitutes:

Posh striker Tom Nichols is surrounded by Scunthorpe defenders. Photo: David Lowndes.

Lee Angol: (for Coulthirst, 46 mins). His strength and ability to hold the ball up should win him a starting place 6

Gwion Edwards: (for Da Silva Lopes, 46 mins). Immediately livened Posh up. His direct running and accurate crossing create scoring chances for himself and others 7

George Moncur: (for Bostwick, 67 mins). A couple of neat touches 6

Mark Tyler: (not used).

Paul Taylor: (not used).

Hayden White: (not used).

Jerome Binnom-Williams: (not used).