Erhun Oztumer’s stunning free-kick will rightly dominate the headlines as Peterborough United won 2-1 in League One at Leyton Orient today (December 13).
But there were strong displays from several members of the team as they won for the first time in seven League One matches:
Ben Alnwick: Not always convincing under the high ball and Kgosi Ntlhe had to save him from a fumble in the last seconds, but his attempt to dominate the penalty area should be admired. He catches a lot of crosses which takes a lot of pressure off the back four 6
Michael Bostwick: For 10 minutes it looked like the Posh right-back was in for a torrid afternoon at the hands of Jobi McAnuff, but he stuck to his task well and he was rock solid defensively in the second-half when he won some important headers at the back post. Tends to trundle rather than tear forward, but his powerful shooting makes him some sort of an attacking threat 6
Kgosi Ntlhe: Made two excellent blocks on the line 94 minutes apart. Defended very well throughout and tried to link up with as many attacks as possible. Loves a shot at goal from distance, but missed the target by a long way on two occasions 7
Gaby Zakuani: The iron man is plying himself back into form. One poor clearance was almost costly, but generally rock solid and made a couple of well-timed tackles on the menacing Shaun Batt. His partnership with Christian Burgess loooked very secure 7
Christian Burgess: In the build-up yo the Orient goal he made the mistake of trying to nick the ball off Batt instead of just blocking his route to goal, but he was immense in the second-half both in the air and on the deck. Very encouraging from a player who is becoming very consistent 7
Jack Payne: The skipper was almost back to his very best early-season form here. He was often outnumbered in midfield, but he protected the back four well and usually found a team-mate with his crisp passing. A captain who leads by deed rather than words 7
Harry Beautyman: Energy and attacking intent has often been missing from the Posh midfield this season, but that will change if the new man keeps this standard up. He was bright and breezy in possession, but didn’t shirk his defensive duties either. Should have scored just before the break and muffed a couple of potential defence-splitting passes in the second-half, but this was a performance of great promise 7
Joe Newell: He’s playing in patches at the moment, but when he comes alive it’s usually to some effect. His cross for the opening goal was sublime and a shame that he was dimissed late on after one soft caution and one rather blatant one 6
Erhun Oztumer: Grant McCann and Freddie Hill would have been proud of the set-piece strike that won the game and at this club there is no higher praise. Oztumer is a clever footballer with good vision and passing accuracy. He was very good at times here, but one suspects he will become even better when properly tuned in with his team-mates 7
Aaron Mclean: His attitude and selfless running since his return to London Road meant he deserved his goal. A very strong volleyed finish from close range will hopefully spark a goal-scoring run. He also put himself about a bit for the team, much to the annoyance of the home defence 7
Craig Mackail-Smith: Looked a lot fitter and stronger than on his other game in this Posh spell. Never looked likely to claim his 100th Posh goal, but his willingness to chase the ball down the channels was important as Posh tried to close the game out 6
Jermaine Anderson: (for Beautyman, 85 mins)
Joe Day: (not used)
Michael Smith: (not used).
Kyle Vassell: (not used).
Conor Washington: (not used).
Nathaniel Mendez-Laing: (not used).
Luke James: (not used).