Peterborough United were well worth their League One win against Bolton at the ABAX Stadium today (November 13).
But it was those charged with keeping a clean sheet who impressed the Peterborough Telegraph most.
Luke McGee: Very rarely called into action as those directly in front of him were excellent. Deserved a clean sheet on his Posh performances so far 6
Michael Smith: Brilliant strike for the only goal of the game, but he didn’t forget his defensive duties either. Very disciplined, timed his forways forward well and was back in the full-back position when required 7.5
Andrew Hughes: Just occasionally caught out of position after the break, but he was generally very sound. Good to have a full-back so strong in the air and capable of winning back post defensive headers 7
Jack Baldwin: Outstanding display in the second half when crosses galore were pumped into the Posh penalty area. Looked composed and unflappable. Very impressive partnership developing with Tafazolli 8
Ryan Tafazolli: His best Posh game. Appeared to relish the challenge of aerial duels against a very big and powerfully-built side. One excellent late block to deny Zach Clough an equaliser 9
Michael Bostwick: Awesome again on his 200th appearance for the club. Flies into tackles, but keeps winning the ball. A superb defensive shield for the back four. Takes up excellent defensive positions 8.5
Chris Forrester: A brighter display, although should have sealed the win 20 minutes from time when taking too long to shoot. Kept things neat and tidy in possession. 7
Leo Da Silva Lopes: Best player on the pitch in the first-half. Appears to love a TV game as this was a big step up on recent displays. Some outstanding covering work to help keep Ameobi quiet in the second half 8
Marcus Maddison: Put a good shift in for the team and managed to spray the odd good pass forward. Even seen tracking back and winning headers 7
Tom Nichols: He’s working hard for his mates. A couple of neat touches, but keeping defenders busy was his main strength in this game 6
Shaquile Coulthirst: His pace makes him an automatic threat, but he still needs to get his head up and see passes that look quite obvious. Missed a couple of first-half half chances. Another trier, but both fowards could soon be under threat from Lee Angol 6
Lee Angol: (for Coulthirst, 69 mins)
Paul Taylor: (for Nichols, 69 mins)
Gwion Edwards: (for Forrester, 86 mins)
Ricardo Santos: (not used).
Mark Tyler: (not used).
Jerome Binnom-Williams: (not used).
George Moncur: (not used).