Posh player ratings: Defenders on top, forwards show promise against Doncaster

Posh right-back Michael Smith delivered an outstanding second-half display against Doncaster. Photo: Joe Dent.
Posh right-back Michael Smith delivered an outstanding second-half display against Doncaster. Photo: Joe Dent.
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There were many much-improved performances from Peterborough United players in the 0-0 home League One draw with Doncaster today (December 28) according to Alan Swann of the Peterborough Telegraph.

Match report: Posh 0, Doncaster 0 - Relief greets goalless home draw

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Ben Alwnick: A decent save early in the second-half and his ability to leave his line and deal with crosses is a bonus. Can’t remember too many obvious errors from him this season 7

Ricardo Santos: Short of League One standard right now and will probably never make it as a right-back. A surprising selection and he was hauled off at the interval after a clumsy, error-strewn display 4

Joe Newell: Appears to be a much better player when using the width of the pitch. He was given the left-back role here and revelled in the space it afforded him particularly in the second-half when he was a constant attacking threat apart from a failure to find a team-mate with a cross. Defended solidly also 8

Michael Bostwick: He should only play as a centre-back in a future as that’s the position that best suits his talents now. His strength is his strength and he also brought the ball out of defence well. Strong showing 8

Christian Burgess: Looked like he enjoyed playing alongside Bostwick. Read the game well, snuffed out many dangerous crosses and helped dominate a centre-forward (Robinson) who has played well on this ground in the past. Impressive 8

Jack Payne: Worked hard, never stopped running, but missed a tough late chance after pouncing on a loose ball in the penalty area. Didn’t pass the ball particularly well, but then the horrible playing surface doesn’t help him or anyone else 6

Harry Beautyman: This midfielder appears to get stronger as a game wears on which suggests he is very fit and full of energy. I’m confident he’s going to turn into a pretty decent signing even if his contribution was limited here 6

Marcus Maddison: It was great to see him back in action even if there’s a collective wince everytime he goes to ground. He was pretty average by his own high standards, but this was match-time in the bank which should be crucial for the future 5

Erhun Oztumer: He was employed in a wide position for this game which is not ideal, but he still made the most of it. He scuttles from side to side with the ball and he’s always probing for an opening. Hangs on to the ball too often at times, but he continues to be a bright spark in this dark run of results 7

Aaron Mclean: He was constantly penalised for the softest of fouls by a hopeless referee. He has put in some great shifts while on loan at Posh, but he is not threatening to score which is a shame given the amount of effort he’s putting in 5

Luke James: He’s surely earned a run in the side now. He never stops running and he caused a few problems with his surges down the right flank. Unlucky with a couple of crosses, but also missed a glorious chance to set-up Mclean in the second-half. Encouraging, but clearly in need of a goal 7

Substitutes:

Michael Smith: (for Santos, 46 mins) Outstanding 45 minutes. A couple of superb defensive headers in quick succession, played his way out of trouble on a couple of occasions and joined in attacks well. Should have started 8

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing: (for Mclean, 77 mins) Very good cameo, Forced a good save with a powerful shot and played some sweet passes 7

Conor Washington: (for Maddison, 77 mins) Hardly seen in possession.

Joe Day: (not used).

Kyle Vassell: (not used).

Jermaine Anderson: (not used).

Harry Anderson: (not used).