PLAYER VERDICTS: Defenders show the way in determined fashion

Posh centre-back Ryan Tafazolli is challenged by Wigan's Dan Burn. Joe Dent/theposh.com.
Posh centre-back Ryan Tafazolli is challenged by Wigan's Dan Burn. Joe Dent/theposh.com.
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Peterborough United defended with great skill and determination to ensure a decent 0-0 draw at League One leaders Wigan today (January 13).

Steven Taylor and Ryan Tafazolli were outstanding at centre-back, but this was a very solid all-round team effort to make it four points from two games this seasin against the best team in the division.

Posh midfielder Chris Forrester in action with Wigan's Sam Morsy. Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Posh midfielder Chris Forrester in action with Wigan's Sam Morsy. Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Jonathan Bond: Did what he had to do very safely and efficiently. He was very well protected by those in front of him 7

Liam Shephard: Often left with the tricky and quick Jacobs to mark, plus a marauding full-back. Did well enough though after making a crucial early block 7

Andrew Hughes: Just occasionally he and Danny Lloyd got their marking duties in a muddle, but the left-back is a reliable defender on the whole. He was often the brightest Posh attacker before the break 7.5

Ryan Tafazolli: The big centre-back is enjoying a fine run of form. Commanding here and he is becoming very hard to pass on the deck. Impressive 8.5

Posh attacker Marcus Maddison in action with Michael Jacobs of Wigan. Joe Dent/theposh.com

Posh attacker Marcus Maddison in action with Michael Jacobs of Wigan. Joe Dent/theposh.com

Steven Taylor: His positioning is so good he’s the one seen most often clearing danger from the penalty area. He was clobbered badly early on, but recovered to play superbly. A no-nonsense defender 9

Anthony Grant: Caught in possession a couple of times, but generally very good at protecting the back four and in starting attacks for Posh. An excellent skipper who leads by example 8

Chris Forrester: He was pressured quickly when on the ball, but he stayed cool and usually passed the ball accurately. Also performed some strong defensive work 7.5

Michael Doughty: He did fine in a position that is quite crucial to the way Posh are trying to play. Taken off for the last 20 minutes 6

Danny Lloyd: A busy effort against a very strong back four. Didn’t play great, but this is a tough fixture for a forward player and he worked hard 6

Marcus Maddison: No great moments against League One’s best defence, but his obvious skills ensured Wigan’s back four could never relax 6

Jack Marriott: Always on the move, but not often found by teammates. Kept running and became more prominent in the second half. One good shot was well saved, a late ‘goal’ chalked off for offside 6.5

Substitutes:

Joe Ward: (for Doughty, 68 mins).

Junior Morias: (for Lloyd, 68 mins).

Jermaine Anderson: (not used).

Idris Kanu: (not used).

Jack Baldwin: (not used).

Conor O’Malley: (not used).

Alex Penny: (not used).