Peterborough United’s real heroes were found in the centre of the defence

Posh centre-back Ryan Tafazolli (blue) competes for a header with Charlton's Darren Pratley. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
Posh centre-back Ryan Tafazolli (blue) competes for a header with Charlton's Darren Pratley. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
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Rhys Bennett and Ryan Tafazolli were superb in the heart of the Peterborough United defence at Charlton tonight (August 21).

They were the star men in a very strong Posh team display, one which led to a 1-0 win, a fourth League One success on the spin and a position at the top of the table.

Posh winger Siriki Dembele was clean through when he sawthis scoring opportunity saved. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Posh winger Siriki Dembele was clean through when he sawthis scoring opportunity saved. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Match ratings key: 10=Perfection, 9=outstanding, 8=very good, 7=good, 6=average, 5=poor, 4=stinker.

Aaron Chapman: Took the pressure off his defenders with some fine catches. Judged the deptartures from his line very well. So well protected he was forced into very few saves. 7

Jason Naismith: He’s the most powerful right-back seen at Posh for many a year. Almost impossible to get past and he was strong and committed in the penalty area at the Valley 8

Colin Daniel: Stuck to his task impressively. Defended the back post well, making several key headed clearances. Also burst forward on occasion and sent one second-half shot whistling past a post 7.5

Rhys Bennett: Simply outstanding. Hardly put a foot wrong all night. Took up good positions, cleared his lines well and generally reacted well to danger. Hit the bar from a corner also 9

Ryan Tafazolli: Not far behind his central defensive partner. He was in imperious form again, particularly in the air. Defends his own penalty area most convincingly 8

Alex Woodyard: Excellent in front of the back four, making numerous interceptions and tackles. He keeps his passing simple and there is nothing wrong with that 7

Mark O’Hara: Put in a fine shift, shuttling from one end of the pitch without complaint. Not seen on the ball much, but worked hard for the team 6.5

Siriki Dembele: Lively first-half which forced Charlton players to rough him up a bit. Slowed down second half, but was a still a threat. Missed a one-on-one opportunty and substituted before the goal 7

Joe Ward: A quiet display, but one that also featured a couple of quality crosses. Sacrificed on the hour mark 6.5

Matt Godden: Busy first period when his movement was decent. Game rather passed him by in the second half and he was taken off with half an hour to play 6

Jason Cummings: Some terrific touches including one to set Maddison away to deliver the match-winning cross. It led to a penalty which the coolest player on the pitch converted 7

Substitutes

Marcus Maddison: (for Ward, 61 mins).

Ivan Toney: (for Godden, 61 mins).

George Cooper: (for Dembele, 83 mins).

Louis Reed: (not used).

Callum Cooke: (not used).

Mark Tyler; (not used).

Josh Yorwerth: (not used).