Peterborough United’s substitutes make a huge impact again

Joe Ward celebrates the first Posh goal of his career at Sunderland.  Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
Joe Ward celebrates the first Posh goal of his career at Sunderland. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
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Peterborough United’s substitutes again made a huge impact on a League One match last night.

Posh fought back twice to gain a creditable 2-2 draw at Sunderland and maintain second place in the table.

Posh attacker Siriki Dembele runs at the Sunderland defence.  Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Posh attacker Siriki Dembele runs at the Sunderland defence. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Half-time replacement Joe Ward and Ivan Toney scored the Posh goals and were probably the best two players on the night.

Marcus Maddison, another half-time substitute, created the second Posh goal.

Ratings Key: 10: Perfect, 9: Outstanding. 8: Very good. 7 Good. 6=average. 5=Poor. 4=Stinker

Aaron Chapman: There seemed to be some poor communicating going on with his defenders and there was no command of his area. Beaten by two good finishes though 5.5

Posh midfielder Mark O'Hara challenges Sunderland's Chris Maguire for the ball.  Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Posh midfielder Mark O'Hara challenges Sunderland's Chris Maguire for the ball. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Jason Naismith: Posh were more secure down his side of the defence and for the third game in a row he was denied a goal by a fine save 6.5

Colin Daniel: Started the game okay given he was playing against two men for most of it, but mistakes started to creep in and he was beaten too easily for the cross that led to the second Sunderland goal 5

Rhys Bennett: Cleared his lines well and was particularly strong in the second-half 7

Ryan Tafazolli: Not at his most commanding. Sunderland played patient passing football without slinging too many high balls in the big centre-back’s direction. Gave his man too much room for the first Sunderland goal 6.5

Alex Woodyard: His usual high levels of workrate and application. Caught in possession in bad areas on a couple of occasions, but generally solid 7

Mark O’Hara: Put a great shift in without causing Sunderland too many problems going forward, although one fine flick almost led to a goal for Godden 7

Callum Cooke: Found it hard going in a formation that didn’t suit Posh at all. Substituted at half-time 5.5

Siriki Dembele: Way off his game in his 45 minutes on the pitch. Played behind the front two and didn’t get to grips with the role 5

Ivan Toney: An impressive display of battling was rewarded by a splendid late goal. He’s hard to contain when he’s on his game 8

Jason Cummings: Not at his sharpest despite running hard until taken off late on 6

Substitutes

Marcus Maddison: (for Cooke, 46 mins) Helped turn the game in Posh’s favour. Lovely pass for second goal 7

Joe Ward: (for Dembele, 46 mins) Excellent 45 minutes, forced a fine save before scoring his first goal for the club from the edge of the penalty area 7.5

Matt Godden: (for Cummings, 73 mins) Missed a good chance to put Posh 2-1 ahead 6

Jamie Walker: (not used).

Mark Tyler: (not used).

Louis Reed: (not used).

Josh Yorwerth: (not used).