Player verdicts: Some reputations restored and some reputations enhanced

Posh star Marcus Maddison takes on Gillingham's Brennan Dickenson. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
Posh star Marcus Maddison takes on Gillingham's Brennan Dickenson. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
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Peterborough United delivered a much-improved performance as they drew 1-1 with unbeaten League One side Gillingham at the ABAX Stadium today (August 29).

Marcus Maddison was Alan Swann’s man-of-the-match.

Ben Alnwick: Fine early save settled him down and led to a far more assured performance in terms of his handling. His distrubution was terrible on a couple of occasions 7

Michael Bostwick: Best performance of his season and surprisingly he spent an hour of it as a right-back. Looked back to his dominant best in midfield for the final half an hour. Encouraging 7

Callum Elder: Gave much-needed balance to the back four. Looked decent in possession, delivered a couple of fine crosses and only the odd dodgy defensive moment 6

Alex Davey: Must have been relieved to be back in the centre of the defence where he looked much more solid. Not afraid to carry the ball out of defence and clearly a useful ball-playing defender 7

Ricardo Santos: He has great presence, but ne needs to find greater consistency with his heading and his reading of the game. Worth persevering with and not at all bad on the deck for such a big bloke 6

Jack Collison: He got through his 80 minutes reasonably comfortably by his standards, but his passing and tackling were very hit and miss 6

Jermaine Anderson: Looked a yard off the pace at times. A step backwards after two improved displays. Caught in possession too often 5

Marcus Maddison: Used the ball as well as I’ve ever seen him. Showed a willingness to pass to team-mates in better positions and drew numerous fouls from opponents. His set-pieces were vastly improved and his quality cross led to the late Posh equaliser 8

Jon Taylor: Can’t help but feel he would be more effective on the right, but he put in a strong shift up and down the left wing and was rewarded for his alertness by pouncing for the last-gasp equaliser 7

Conor Washington: Looks bereft of confidence. Spurned an early scoring opportunity by delaying his shot too long. One or two quality touches, but too often muscled off the ball. Substituted for the far more energetic Coulibaly 5

Kyle Vassell: A surprise selection, but he held the ball up well and brought others into play. He created a good early scoring chance for Jon Taylor and rattled the crossbar with a superb late volley 7

Substitutes:

Souleymane Coulibaly: (for Washington, 64 mins).

Tobi Adebayo-Rowling: (for Collison, 80 mins).

Joe Gormley: (not used).

Lee Angol: (not used).

Harry Anderson: (not used).

Shaun Brisley: (not used).

Dion-Henry Curtis: (not used),