Player ratings: Newell was the brightest of a dull bunch

Kgosi Ntlhe had a shocker for Posh at Port Vale. Photo: Joe Dent/
Kgosi Ntlhe had a shocker for Posh at Port Vale. Photo: Joe Dent/
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Joe Newell was the pick of the bunch for Peterborough United at Port Vale today (January 17) according to the Peterborough Telegraph’s Alan Swann,

Match report: Port Vale 2, Posh 1 - So many problems, so few solutions, verdicts:


Scott Loach: Hopefully the new goalkeeper will realise what he has let himself in for and get himself sharp and alert. Made a couple of fine fingertip saves in the second-half to keep Posh in touch. Kicked solidly. Reasonable debut without tearing up any trees 6

Michael Smith: Caught out of position a couple of times, although the first one was a result of Oztumer’s lack of vision more than his own recklessness. He defended solidly against a tricky winger, but he’s not offering a lot going forward which should be a strength of his 6

Kgosi Ntlhe: He’s out of form and, more worryingly, he doesn’t appear to be learning from his mistakes. Too casual in his defending when he’s also too easily knocked off the ball. No penetration or even logic to his attacking play. Most of the time he was getting in Joe Newell’s way. No surprise to see him substituted 4

Michael Bostwick: Ball-watching for the opening goal, but he was pretty solid and made few other obvious defensive errors. Even pinged a couple of quality balls out from the back, one in each half. Average overall, but average is pretty good for this team at the moment 6

Christian Burgess: Oh dear, made a horrible error with a terrible headed back pass which ultimately cost Posh a point. It took him a while to recover as well, but he’s one of the team’s big triers even if he was way below his best in this contest 5

Jack Payne: The captain did okay. He was a busy presence in midfield and played a couple of decent passes forward which led to promising attacks. He also made a fine headed clearance off the goal-line following a corner, but this struggling side could probably do with a more dynamic skipper 6

Harry Beautyman: The formation is stopping this relative newcomer doing what he does best which is getting from box to box. He’s being asked to sit deeper alongside Payne and he’s struggling to be effective. Inevitably substituted when Posh were chasing an equaliser 5

Erhun Oztumer: The midfielder clearly has ability, but this was a frustrating display lacking in vision and an ability to lay the ball off at the right time. A simple pass would have played Michael Smith into a dangerous position in the first-half, but Oztumer decided to jink inside, lost possession and set Vale up neatly on the counter attack. Manager lost patience with him eventually and hauled him off 5

Marcus Maddison: Created the Posh goal with a low cross, but he’s still searching for anything resembling his best form. More involved than the prevous match, but if he doesn’t start creating and scoring regularly Posh really will be in deep trouble before too long. A key man who need to re-discover his early-season form 5

Joe Newell: Often looked Posh’s brightest attacker even when deployed at left-back for the final 25 minutes. He wasted two good late crossing opportunities, but his pass to Maddison which started the move for the first goal was a gem. He’s at his best when driving at defenders and that’s what he should concentrate on 7

Conor Washington: His goal wasn’t the cleanest of finishes, but he was at least in a good scoring position and he hit the target. Should have immediately made it 2-0 when denied in a one-on-one opportunity, but he worked hard enough in the lone striking role without creating too much danger. Saw a well-struck shot in the final moments blocked by a defender 6


Nathaniel Mendez-Laing: (for Nthle, 58 minutes) Should have stayed on the bench. No impact 4

Aaron Mclean: (for Oztumer, 78 mins) Seemed to inspire a late rally 6

Luke James: (for Beautyman, 68 mins) Busted a gut as always 6

Dion-Curtis Henry: (not used).

Kyle Vassell: (not used).

Jermaine Anderson: (not used).

Shaun Brisley: (not used).