PLAYER VERDICTS: Taylor stands tall in latest Peterborough United defeat
Paul Taylor stood tall as Peterborough United were again cut down to size by League One opponents at the ABAX Stadium today (March 11).
Taylor played at the tip of a midfield diamond and sprayed numerous excellent passes around, but Posh still went down 2-1 to Oxford United.
Luke McGee: No chance with the goals, but he’s started to look a little suspect when challenged for high balls in his own penalty area. A fine save towards the end of the first-half and a couple of other decent stops after the break 6.5
Michael Smith: Limped off midway through the first half which was a shame as he’d been playing well going forward 6
Andrew Hughes: As usual he put a strong defensive shift in. Struck the bar with a late header, but could have done more with a couple of decent crossing opportunities 6
Ryan Tafazolli: Had to deal with plenty of balls into the Posh penalty area as Oxford made hay down the flanks. Generally sound apart from a couple of dodgy moments in possession. Needs to become more of a threat in the other penalty area 6.5
Jack Baldwin: Plays with great commitment, but he remains rash when attempting to tackle and prone to errors when in possession 5.5
Michael Bostwick: His move back to midfield wasn’t a roaring success apart from one goal-saving tackle in the first-half. Passed poorly, caught out for second goal by which time he was back at centre-back 5
Leo Da Silva Lopes: Bright early on when he was denied a goal by a fine save. His game suffered when Smith limped off and his poor tackling technique led to an entirely justifiable red card late in the game 6
Chris Forrester: His woeful run of form continued although he did force a fine fingertip save with a 25 yard strike after the break. His passing has gone to pot and it’s far from certain the more advanced role in the midfield diamond suits him 5
Paul Taylor: The team’s outstanding player by some distance. Passed the ball extremely well and ran hard at the visiting defence all afternoon 8.5
Tom Nichols: Looks so short of confidence which is not entirely surprising if he can hear the barracking from a small section of Posh fans. His performance here was one of delayed shots and one inaccurate shot when particularly well placed 5
Craig Mackail-Smith: His 100th Posh goal was a fluke and it was irrelevant. A great achievement though and a reward for another hard-running effort. Denied a goal a few minutes earlier by a brilliant close-range save 5
Harry Anderson: (for Smith, 28 mins) Looked to struggle with the pace of the game, but then it was his first League One appearance since October 2015 5
Brad Inman: (for Baldwin, 67 mins)
Junior Morias: (for Nichols, 67 mins)
Martin Samuelsen: (not used).
Mark Tyler: (not used).
Jerome Binnom-Williams: (not used).
Anthony Grant: (not used).