PLAYER VERDICTS: Big Ben wins a high-class battle of the brothers for Peterborough United.

Posh midfielder Chris Forester jumps with Port Vale's Carl Dickenson. Photo: Joe Dent/
Posh midfielder Chris Forester jumps with Port Vale's Carl Dickenson. Photo: Joe Dent/
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Peterborough United goalkeeper Ben Alnwick saved a penalty during his man-of-the-match performance in the 1-1 League One draw at Port Vale today (October 17).

Alnwick was competing against his younger brother Jak for the first time. Jak also enjoyed a fine game in the Port Vale goal.

Ben Alnwick: Brilliant display by the Posh goalkeeper, capped by a fantastic penalty save. Made several other decent stops and I can only remember one handling error at a corner. Won the battle of the brothers, although Jak Alnwick also played well. 9

Michael Smith: Found tiny winger Andoh a real handful in the first-half and took a caution after up-ending him in full flight. The midfield diamond system can leave full-backs exposed defensively and Smith had work hard to keep Vale’s lively attacking players at bay 6

Callum Elder: The on-loan left-back made a couple of encouraging runs forward in the first-half and delivered excellent crosses that went unappreciated by poorly-placed team-mates. Like his full-back partner, Elder was often out-numbered when defending, but stuck to his task well 6

Ricardo Alemida Santos: Enjoyed a battle of the giants with the impressive Ichpeazu, but generally held his own. Posh have had to do a lot of defending in the last couple of away games, but Santos and Zakuani have been up to the challenge. Strong display by the junior partner 7

Gaby Zakuani: The elder statesman was brilliant in the second-half when Port Vale really upped the pressure. Made numerous last-ditch tackles and he was dominant in the air when the ball was played into the Posh penalty area. Almost ruined a terrific showing when hauling down Ichpeazu to concede a late penalty, but thankfully for him the chance to win the game was fluffed 8

Michael Bostwick: I defy any goalkeeper to willingly into the way of a Bostwick penalty. He smashed another one home here and he played okay overall apart from failing to keep pace with a midfielder runner when Port Vale opened the scoring. As the only natural defender in this attacking Posh midfield, Bostwick’s role is onerous, but he’s coping well 7

Jermaine Anderson: Struggled like everyone else in the first-half and perhaps unlucky to be hauled off at half-time in the circumstances. Coped physically with the challenge, but couldn’t keep hold of the ball after he won it 5

Jon Taylor: Bright and breezy and enjoyed a purple patch in five second-half minutes when he created two great chances for team-mates that were wasted. One early half-chance was saved and took a couple of poor set-pieces 6

Chris Forrester: This game rather passed him by. It was played at a ferocious pace particularly in the second-half and the young Irish midfielder struggled to keep up. Just the odd neat touch when in possession, but never stopped working for the team 5

Conor Washington: One superb piece of control in the first-half apart this was a frustrating afternoon for the striker. He was always a willing runner though, but should have scored just before he was substituted midway through the second-half 5

Lee Angol: Didn’t hold the ball up as well as he can. Had a good chance to score in each half, but failed to beat the ‘keeper on either occasion. Eventually substituted late on after putting in a decent athletic shift 5


Souleymane Coulibaly: (for J. Anderson, 46 mins) Livened the Posh attack up, but missed a glorious headed chance to put his side 2-1 ahead. Fouled for the point-saving penalty 6

Harry Anderson: (for Washington, 64 mins).

Kyle Vassell: (for Angol, 82 mins).

Dion-Curtis Henry: (not used).

Le0 Da Silval Lopes: (not used)

Jack Collison: (not used).

Andrew Fox: (not used).