Newell is a double player-of-the-year, but not man-of-the-match

Posh players applaud the home fans after the win over Crawley. Photo: David Lowndes.
Posh players applaud the home fans after the win over Crawley. Photo: David Lowndes.
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Joe Newell collected the BBC Radio Cambridgeshire player-of-the-season prize before the 4-3 League One win over Crawley at the ABAX Stadium today (April 25) and he picked up the Forever Posh player-of-the-year after it.

Marcus Maddison was second to Newell in the latter, while Harry Anderson was voted young Posh player-of-the-year by Forever Posh.

All three were overshadowed by mighty Michael Bostwick in the win over Crawley, according to Peterborough Telegraph Posh writer Alan Swann.

Ben Alnwick: Experienced a couple of anxious moments from crosses, but then he was playing behind a defence that was far less solid than in recent games. Kicking was very erratic, but then he often looks up to see precious little movement 6

Ricardo Santos: Outstanding in the previous game, but suffered a dramatic drop in form here. Lost his man for the second Crawley goal and didn’t exactly cover himself in glory for the third goal either. Substituted after a very disappointing effort 5

Gaby Zakuani: Not at his peerless best and a swirling wind occasionally made him mis-time his challenges and concede free-kicks. A difficult day for both defences and even the Posh skipper saw his high standards dip 6

Michael Smith: Never looked entirely comfortable as the left-sided player in a back three, especially when crosses were being aimed at some big Crawley strikers. Played well when switched to right-back late on and delivered the pass that was superbly swept home by Michael Bostwick to make it 3-3 6

Harry Anderson: A lively effort as a right wing-back and that looks to be a better position for him than that of support striker. Plays with a lot of energy and lasted the 90 minutes better here. Needs to work on his final ball and shot 6

Joe Newell: A double player-of-the-year winner, but he didn’t impact this game as he has others this season. Steady rather than spectacular when going forward, but performed the defensive part of the wing-back role okay. 6

Michael Bostwick: His superb contribution since moving into midfield continued with two goals and an assist after another barn-storming display. A shot against the post that enabled Conor Washington to score the first Posh goal was followed by two splendid finishes in the second-half. Outstanding effort 9

Leo Da Silva Lopes: A tough ask for such a slight, 16 year-old figure to play in such a congested midfield area and he rarely managed to get into the game. One neat trick took him past an opponent on the edge of the penalty area and he sent a 25-yard shot on target just before cramp forced him to be substituted 25 minutes from time 5

Marcus Maddison: Another frustrating display by such a naturally talented player. Little came off for him in terms of passing, crossing and shooting and one ‘fall’ in the penalty area towards the end appeared to anger the Posh fans. Work to do in the summer to restore his form and reputation 5

Erhun Oztumer: Once he learns to get his head up and see a pass early, and once he is prepared to play the simple ball, this attacking midfielder could well turn out to a decent recruit. His effort and attitude are impressive and his best pass of the game led to the winning goal 7

Conor Washington: He’s showing the predatory instincts all regular goal-scorers need. Two similar finishes in this game, but both required him to read the game and to be in the right place at the right time. They are striking skills not to be sniffed at 7


Jonathan Edwards: (for Da Silva Lopes, 65 mins).

Christian Burgess: (for Santos, 71 mins).

Jack Payne: (for Newell, 80 mins).

Dion-Curtis Henry (not used).

Luke James: (not used).

Harry Beautyman: (not used).

David Norris: (not used).