PLAYER VERDICTS: A vibrant attacking display sees Peterborough United through

Posh centre back Ryan Tafazolli is about to be stretchered off in the game against Southend.  Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
Posh centre back Ryan Tafazolli is about to be stretchered off in the game against Southend. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
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Peterborough United delivered a vibrant attacking performance as they reached the last 16 of the Checkatrade Trophy tonight (December 6).

Posh beat Southend 2-0 at the ABAX Stadium with goals from Gwion Edwards and Marcus Maddison. They were both excellent as were Chris Forrester and Jack Marriott.

Posh skipper Jack Baldwin plays the ball out of defence against Southend.  Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Posh skipper Jack Baldwin plays the ball out of defence against Southend. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Jonathan Bond: One outstanding save in the first-half from a wonderful long-range shot. A comfortable evening otherwise 6.5

Alex Penny: Good comeback after the difficulties of last weekend. Strong in the tackle, won some key headers, passed the ball okay after missing the chance to set Marriott up for a goal early on 7

Andrew Hughes: Solid and dependable. No-nonsense in the tackle and won his aerial battles 7

Ryan Tafazolli: One superb challenge on his own six yard box to snuff out a dangerous cross. Kept Nile Ranger quiet all night which isn’t always easy. Stretchered off late on 7

Gwion Edwards opens the scoring for Posh against Southend.  Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Gwion Edwards opens the scoring for Posh against Southend. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Jack Baldwin: A very strong performance at the back for the recalled skipper. 7

Jermaine Anderson: Worked hard in the middle and moved better than in previous appearances, but still rusty in possession. Missed a sitter at 1-0. 6.5

Chris Forrester: Very classy at times. More impressive as the game wore on. Encouraging signs from the former skipper. Earned the sponsors’ man-of-the-match 8.5

Gwion Edwards: Cool finish set Posh on the way to victory. A pacy threat all the way up to his substitution. Set up the second goal 8

Marcus Maddison: A very sharp performance. Up for it from the first whistle and always dangerous as a result. Excellent finish with his weaker foot and the standard assist 8

Leo Da Silva Lopes: Enjoyed some fine moments on the ball, He should use his natural speed more often rather than over-complicating matters. Walked off the pitch in the final minutes after Posh had used three substitutes 7

Jack Marriott: Very lively and caused the ponderous Southend centre backs many problems. Denied a goal by a great save. Impressive link up play 8

Substitutes

Ricky Miller: (for Marriott. 74 mins).

Idris Kanu: (for Edwards, 74 mins).

Danny Lloyd: (for Maddison, 77 mins).

Sam Cartwright: (not used).

Conor O’Malley: (not used).

Lewis Freestone: (not used).

Michael Doughty: (not used).