Peterborough United’s defence was rock solid and the forward line came alive after the break as a precious League One point was earned at Walsall today (September 16).
There were decent performances all over the park, but attacking stars Marcus Maddison and Gwion Edwards shaded the man-of-the-match honours from the Peterborough Telegraph.
Jonathan Bond: Was competent when called into action and only beaten by an apparent deflection. Good save from a Walsall breakaway towards the end 6.5
Steven Taylor: He looks a class above League One level at times because of his composure and decision-making. Wasn’t tested by a Walsall team who played with one striker throughout. Could have scored in the first half 7
Ryan Tafazolli: Another to have a fairly easy afternoon thanks to the home side’s tactics. Denied a possible goal by a fortunate stop by a defender’s foot 7
Andrew Hughes: Rock solid defensively and popped up in dangerous attacking positions towards the end when he was inch away from creating a goal for Junior Morias 7
Leo Da Silva Lopes: The Posh wing-backs were nullified as an attacking force before they were abandoned altogether for the second-half. Too many inaccurate passes from the teenager who was hauled off at the break 5.5
Gwion Edwards: Hardly seen in possession in the first-half, but came alive when moved to a left-wing position. Didn’t strike the ball particularly well for his equaliser, but he found a scoring position and he hit the target. Strong second-half showing 7.5
Michael Doughty: Efficient and tidy without threatening to make inroads into a massed midfield area 6.5
Anthony Grant: A wild challenge which earned him yet another caution typified a scrappy 45 minutes before he was substituted 5
Marcus Maddison: The source of most of the Posh danger as usual, whether playing behind the front two or out wide. Some great crosses, a couple of terrific passes and robbed of a match-winning assist by a hopeless assistant referee 7.5
Jack Marriott: His speed and awareness were impressive. Playing with the left-footed Miller helps him get on his own stronger right foot more often. Two clean strikes blocked in the first half, one thunderous effort well-saved after the break 7
Ricky Miller: The odd burst of pace aside, the local boy struggled to make an impact and was replaced late on with some effect by Morias 5.
Chris Forrester (for Grant, 4g mins); Pepped the side up with his crisp passing and selfless running. Good cross for the Posh goal 7.
Liam Shephard (for Da Silva Lopes, 46 mins): Looks classy in possession. Gets the ball to Maddison efficiently which is good for the team 7
Junior Morias (for Miller, 67 mins): Team improved when he came on. Unlucky not to grab a winning goal.
Danny Lloyd (not used).
Idris Kanu (not used).
Conor O’Malley (not used).
Jack Baldwin (not used).