Hat-trick hero was a clear man-of-the-match for Peterborough United

Posh skipper Alex Woodyard in action at Accrington. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
Posh skipper Alex Woodyard in action at Accrington. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
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Hat-trick hero Ivan Toney was a clear man-of-the-match for Peterborough United as they thumped Accrington Stanley 4-0 at the Wham Stadium today (December 29).

Toney now has 16 goals this season, His strike partner for the day Siriki Dembele also played well in a strong all-round team display,

Siriki Dembele in action for Posh at Accrington. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Siriki Dembele in action for Posh at Accrington. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Rating key: 10-Perfect, 9-Oustanding, 8-Very good, 7-Good, 6-Average, 5-Poor, 4-Stinker

Conor O’Malley: Strong performance from the ‘keeper. Made some smart stops and looked calm throughout. Distributed the ball better than Boxing Day as well 7.5

Jason Naismith: Very positive, disciplined display from the right-back against a very tricky customer in McConville. Only just made the game because of a knee injury 7.5

Tyler Denton: Just occasionally struggled defensively, but hard to pick fault as he was playing against a good winger. A couple of useful forward runs 7

A traditional post-match pose from Posh hat-trick star Ivan Toney. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

A traditional post-match pose from Posh hat-trick star Ivan Toney. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Rhys Bennett: Didn’t dominate as he perhaps should have done in the first-half, but he was good after the break and even popped up with a fourth goal of the season with a close range header 7

Ryan Tafazolli: Calmness personified throughout the 90 minutes. Struggled when substitute Zanzala arrived, but only for a few minutes 7.5

Alex Woodyard: Played further forward than usual and appeared to enjoy himself. Pressed high up the pitch and passed the ball accurately, if a little safely, in the main 7

Louis Reed: Sat in front of the back four and dictated the Posh passing. He also competes well defensively and made one strong block when Posh were only 2-0 ahead 7.5

Marcus Maddison: Flitted in and out of the action, but delivered moments of high quality. Two set-piece assists 7

Joe Ward: Missed a sitter in the opening moments, but shrugged that off to deliver a solid performance. Plays with great energy, runs hard from start to finish 6.5

Ivan Toney: What a star Posh have signed! He’s far from just a goalscorer as he works superbly hard. He deserved a second hat-trick inside three weeks and he hit the bar. Even made one of the best tackles of the game inside his own area. 9

Siriki Dembele: A masterstroke from the manager to play the youngster up front. His pace troubled Accrington all game. He won two free kicks which led to goals and was denied the goal he deserved by a fine save 8

Substitutes
Matt Godden: (for Dembele, 81 mins).

Mark O’Hara: (for Maddison, 87 mins).

Jason Cummings: (for Toney, 90 + 3 mins).

Matt Stevens: (not used).

George Cooper: (not used).

Aaron Chapman: (not used).

Darren Lyon: (not used).