PLAYER VERDICTS: Nerveless penalty shootout ensures poor performance will soon be forgotten

Posh left back Andrew Hughes in action at Luton. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
Posh left back Andrew Hughes in action at Luton. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
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Peterborough United players showed plenty of nerve to win a penalty shootout 7-6 in tonight’s (January 9) Checkatrade Trophy tie at Luton Town.

The supreme skill shown from 12 yards ensured a rather poor performance in a 90-minute 0-0 draw will soon be forgotten

Danny Lloyd of Posh battles with former Posh loanee Josh McQuoid who is now at Luton. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Danny Lloyd of Posh battles with former Posh loanee Josh McQuoid who is now at Luton. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Jonathan Bond: Had to deal with many shots hit straight at him. His best save arrived in the first minute, but his most crucial was the last act of the game from a penalty shootout 6.5

Liam Shephard: Quietly competent. Defended better than he attacked. Good penalty 7

Andrew Hughes: Had his hands full whenever speedy Stacey came charging up the wing. Coped okay on the whole 6

Jack Baldwin: One poor pass early on almost caused trouble for his treammates, but he went on to play solidly. Plays with great commitment. Excellent penalty under great pressure 7

Ryan Tafazolli: Sauntered through most of the match against Luton’s reserve strike force. Cool penalty conversion as well 7

Anthony Grant: Defended soundly, but couldn’t get Posh passing the ball accurately 6

Leo Da Silva Lopes: One wild shot apart, he was doing okay in a more withdrawn role before departing after 33 minutes with another hamstring injury 6

Junior Morias: Worked hard. The 70 minutes or so will have done him good 6

Danny Lloyd: Struggled against a right-back with strength and pace. Substituted early in second half 5

Marcus Maddison: Not at the races at all. Lost every 50/50 challenge. Crossed and passed poorly by his own high standards. Scored his penalty thankfully 5

Jack Marriott: A frustrating return to Kenilworth Road. Lots of shots but little power or accuracy. Had to run off a late niggle, but at least scored his penalty 5

Substitutes

Michael Doughty: (for Da Silva Lopes, 33 mins) Neat and tidy without showing much attacking ambition 5

Idris Kanu: (for Lloyd, 58 mins) Looked very lively. Encouraging and showed good bottle to take and score a penalty 6.5

Jermaine Anderson: (for Morias, 69 mins) Team improved for his introduction. Denied a late goal by a fine save 6.5

Conor O’Malley: (not used),

Andrea Borg: (not used)

Lewis Freestone: (not used)

Alex Penny: (not used).