Peterborough United debutant White was a ray of light amid the Middlesbrough gloom

Daniel Lafferty of Peterborough United in action on his debut against Grant Leadbitter of Middlesbrough. Picture: Joe Dent
Daniel Lafferty of Peterborough United in action on his debut against Grant Leadbitter of Middlesbrough. Picture: Joe Dent
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Peterborough United’s players turned a decent first-half display into a poor second-half performance as they crashed to a 5-0 FA Cup defeat at Middlesbrough today (January 5).

It was goalless at the break at the Riverside before the Championship side romped to an easy win.

Britt Assombalonga of Middlesbrough after scoring the opening goal against his former club Peterborough United. Picture: Joe Dent

Britt Assombalonga of Middlesbrough after scoring the opening goal against his former club Peterborough United. Picture: Joe Dent

There was however a debut of promise from new on-loan Posh defender Ben White.

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

Conor O’Malley: Might have been unlucky with the first goal and might have saved the third one, but he was poorly supported by those in front of him in the second half 6

Jason Naismith: Started in the middle of a back three and played well before the break, but he could do nothing to stave off the second-half collapse. Stayed at centre-back surprisingly when Posh switched to 4-4-2 and didn’t look comfortable 5

New Peterborough United signing Ben White on his debut against Middlesbrough. Picture: Joe Dent

New Peterborough United signing Ben White on his debut against Middlesbrough. Picture: Joe Dent

Ben White: The debutant looked very composed on the ball in a first-half when Posh played well. Also tackled well and read the game impressively. Like the rest of the team his form declined in the second half. Promising though 7

Ryan Tafazolli: Strong first half showing, but his weak clearance led to the crucial opening goal and he was left standing by Assombalonga when he scored his second goal 5

Joe Ward: Looked Posh’s best attacking hope in the first-half as he often advanced from the right wing back position unchallenged. Helped create the best Posh chance with a well-timed pass to Ivan Toney. Shrugged off the ball too easily for the game-clinching second goal 6.5

Daniel Lafferty: The other debutant played as a left wing-back initially and after a couple of positional problems early on settled down to play solidly. Not seen going forward much, but delivered one fine set piece that Toney might have converted 6

Alex Woodyard: Worked as hard as always. Sent over one fine cross in the first-half, but was overrun in central midfield after the break 6

Louis Reed: Played neatly and tidily before the break as he helped knit together some good passing moves, but he disappeared in the second half 5

Mark O’Hara: Sacrificed for an extra attacker after Posh fell 2-0 behind, but he battled well and was involved in some decent attacking moves in the first half 6

Siriki Dembele: One or two strong bursts forward, but largely kept in check by an uncompromising defence 5

Ivan Toney: Can’t fault the effort he missed a couple of great chances to get Posh in front before the break 5

Substitutes:

Matt Godden: (for O’Hara, 58 mins).

Callum Cooke: (for Reed, 71 mins).

Jason Cummings: (for Dembele, 80 mins).

Aaron Chapman: (not used).

Tyler Denton: (not used).

George Cooper: (not used).

Rhys Bennett: (not used).