Peterborough United goalkeeper Bobby Olejnik was the team’s man-of-the-match in the League One play-off semi-final against Leyton Orient at London Road today (May 10).
Britt Assombalonga fired Posh in front in the first-half before Moses Odubajo equalised after the break, but Olejnik’s saves ensured the match finished 1-1. The second leg takes place at Brisbane Road on Tuesday (May 13, 7.45pm kick-off).
Read the report: Posh 1, Leyton Orient 1 - Moses moves Posh closer to the wilderness, player ratings:
Bobby Olejnik: Made two crucial saves from Dean Cox which were crucial. The second-half stop just after Orient equalised was a game-saving moment. Apart from missed punch early on, his handling of numerous crosses was pretty impeccable 8
Mark Little: Excellent follow-up play to set up the Posh goal, but disappointingly he was unable to get forward very often for the rest of the game. He had his hands full with Cox who found too much space, far too often for Posh comfort 6
Kgosi Ntlhe: This was a much tougher game for the youngster who has breezed through recent contests against weak opponents. It was a struggle all game against the dangerous Odubajo as Ntlhe still makes too many ill-judged defensive decisions 5
Jack Baldwin: It was hard going for the Posh centre-backs against two experienced, dangerous forwards. Baldwin toughed it out and cleared his lines better in the second-half. He went for the same ball as his defensive partner and neither of them won it enabling Orient to equalise 6
Craig Alcock: The surprise selection in central defence, but it’s only his lack of height that counts against him in this position. He was predictably beaten on occasion in the air, but he covered well and was quick enough to halt some Orient attacks 6
Jack Payne: Competed strongly, but Posh never got completely on top in the central midfield battle. The ball was swirling about in the air too often and the poor surface also tested everyone’s technique. Good commitment, but didn’t influence a game as he can 6
Michael Bostwick: His physical power to help combat an area of strength for Orient was the reason for his midfield appearance. He improved as the game wore on, even as an attacking influence as one strong run and accurate pass set up Assombalonga for the best Posh chance of the second-half 6
Danny Swanson: One quality piece of skill early on apart, this was hard work for a player who is presumably feeling his way back from injury. Looked tired well before he went off, but he’s also been starved of meaningful possession 5
Tommy Rowe: Flitted in and out of the game from the left wing, but Posh need to find a way to get more from one of their match-winners. The captain did fire one shot just wide from 20 yards in the second-half, but most of his good work was done when defending 6
Nicky Ajose: Played just off Assombalonga, but after one delicious cross in the early stages he had little influence on the match. He found it hard playing into the wind as the Orient defenders just shrugged him off in pursuit of the ball. Taken off early in the second-half in favour of Washington’s extra pace 5
Britt Assombalonga: In the right place at the right time again to ensure Posh are still in this tie. He’s been priceless all season and he must be wrapped in cotton wool before the second leg, preferably while reading up on the offside law 6
Conor Washington: (for Ajose, 52 mins) No impact on the game as he continually struggled to get the ball under control 5
Lloyd Isgrove: (for Swanson, 71 mins) Never received a decent pass in his 20 minutes on the pitch.
Grant McCann: (for Payne, 81 mins) His calmness on the ball must make him a contender for the second leg.
Joe Day: (not used).
Joe Newell: (not used).
Josh McQuoid: (not used).
Nathaniel Knight-Percival: (not used).