Peterborough United’s season is fading quickly thanks to an inability to create chances and score goals.
The player marks from Peterborough Telegraph’s Posh writer Alan Swann after a 0-0 League One home draw with Walsall today (April 6) reflect this problem.
Ben Alnwick: For all the possession enjoyed by Walsall, Alnwick was rarely called into serious action. He handled what he had to very comfortably, although his clearance kicks were erratic 6
Michael Smith: Played as a right-sided centre-back and was pretty good at it. Some timely tackles and some excellent covering. Concentration had to be spot on against a patient passing side and he was never found wanting 7
Gaby Zakuani: Won the sponsors’ man-of-the-match award and it was easy to see why as he won every header, including many in his own penalty area, that he contested. Also made some splendid last-ditch tackles when Walsall had created the space to shoot at goal 8
Kgosi Ntlhe: Threw himself into the left-sided central defensive role with gusto and delivered a much better display as a result. He was occasionally pulled out of position in the first-half, but he settled down to deliver a strong second-half display full of well-timed tackles and blocks. Even found the time to scamper forward to some effect now and again 7
Jack Payne: Patrolled just in front of the back three and did a solid job against regular Walsall attacks. Not seen in possession that often, but generally passed the ball okay 6
Michael Bostwick: Thundered into some hefty challenges and usually emerged with the ball. Pushed further forward towards the end, but couldn’t influence the action so much up there 6
David Norris: Played with good energy and commitment. Not afraid to get stuck in and did a sound job in pressurising opponents in possession. Had the best scoring chance of the first-half, but smacked his shot too close to the goalkeeper 6
Jon Taylor: Clearly not fully fit. His game was over at half-time after 45 minutes of hard running and one dangerous low cross 5
Marcus Maddison; Saw a lot of the ball and stood over enough set-pieces to have made a massive impact on the match, but little went right for a player who Posh desperately need to rediscover his best form. Writhing around in apparent agony whenever he feels he is fouled is not endearing himself to Posh or opposition fans 5
Luke James: Completely anonymous apart from one decent cross at the end of the first-half and a couple of late shots that were easily saved. James has shown most of his best Posh form when dashing down the right-wing, but he rarely got into that position today 5
Aaron Mclean: If only his touch and passing skill still matched his undoubted commitment to the club. The passion is still there, the quality of performance, sadly, is not 5
Harry Anderson: (for Taylor, 46 mins) Enjoyed a burst of action midway through the second-half that hinted at good ability. A couple of good efforts on goal, a couple of very dangerous crosses 6
Conor Washington: (for Mclean, 63 mins) Never forced his way into the match 5
Joe Newell: (for Maddison, 78 mins) Looked pretty lively 6
Dion-Henry Curtis (not used).
Erhun Oztumer: (not used).
Ricardo Santos: (not used).
Shaun Brisley: (not used).