Peterborough United striker Ivan Toney and goalkeeper Conor O’Malley stood out from the dross in today’s 1-1 League One draw at home to Walsall (December 22)
Posh boss Steve Evans described the performance as ‘poor’ and the Peterborough Telegraph match marks reflected that view.
RATINGS KEY: 10-Perfect, 9-Outstanding, 8-Very good, 7-Good, 6-Average, 5-Poor, 4-Stinker.
Conor O’Malley: He ended up a hero despite having a hand in the Walsall goal with an ill-judged dash from his goalline. He was bothered by the high ball for much of the game, but then he made a great penalty save (after conceding it) and an even better double save in the final moments. Those late saves should have done wonders for his confidence 7
Joe Ward: He struggled defensively throughout and he rarely contributed going forward. He the pace for the full-back position, but he can be weak in the tackle and too easily shrugged off the ball 5
Colin Daniel: The left-back appears to make very little effort to block crosses and he went walkabout for the incident which gave Walsall a late penalty. A struggling defender 4.5
Rhys Bennett: Beaten in the air so often it was a surprise to hear the manager nominate him for man-of-the-match. Tried hard, but without Tafazolli today he needed to take charge at the back and he didn’t 5
Jason Naismith: Looked all at sea for the first 45 minutes and perhaps understandably in his new central defensive role. Improved markedly after the break and made a couple of key interceptions and clearances 6
Alex Woodyard: Lost the midfield battle against bigger, physically stronger players. Offered nothing going forward either. Very disappointing 4.5
Louis Reed: One lovely cross that should have led to a Toney goal in the first-half, but sacrificed at half-time as Posh were outplayed too often in central areas 5
Marcus Maddison: An assist on his 200th appearance for the club was the only highlight from a most lacklustre performance. Stayed on the fringes of the action 5
Siriki Dembele: Another frustrating display from the gifted winger who over-complicates when in possession far too often. Manager clearly frustrated with his current form 4.5
Ivan Toney: Man-of-the-match because of a workrate that no-one else in the team came anywhere near emulating. He looked the most reliable defender at set-pieces and he deserved his 10th goal in 10 games 7
Matt Godden: A quiet game, but it’s not easy playing up top when a team passes the ball so long and so inaccurately 4.5
Matty Stevens: (for Godden, 56 mins) Never in the game 5
Mark O’Hara: (for Reed, 46 mins): Enjoyed a few good moments, but he’s not the same player we were watching in August 5.5
George Cooper: (for Dembele, 79 mins) Not enough time to make an impact.
Aaron Chapman: (not used).
Jason Cummings: (not used).
Tyler Denton: (not used).
Darren Lyon: (not used).