Peterborough United midfielder Chris Forrester was the Peterborough Telegraph’s man-of-the-match as they beat Burton 3-0 in the first round of the FA Cup at the Pirelli Stadium today (November 7).
Striker Conor Washington and goalkeeper Ben Alnwick were others to impress Posh writer Alan Swann.
Ben Alnwick: Made an excellent diving save and a minute later Posh were taking the lead at the other end. Handled the ball well all game and generally judged crosses and set-pieces impressively considering the gusty conditions 7
Michael Bostwick: Started the game as a right-back and made no impact. Soon moved to centre-back where he played solidly against some mediocre strikers 7
Callum Elder: Struggled to keep tabs on the movement of Burton’s best player Mark Duffy in the first-half. He improved defensively when the 4-4-2 formation was employed and he bounded forward to create the final goal 6
Gaby Zakuani: Was working hard against regular Burton attacks when he hurt his head and left the field injured before half-time 6
Ricardo Santos: Good comeback after last week’s struggles by the big man, He didn’t have the same quality of forward against him this week which enabled him to be far more dominant 7
Chris Forrester: Continues to look a terrific player. Very calm in possession and usually picks the right pass. Made a couple of important defensive interceptions in this game as well 8
Jermaine Anderson: Found it hard work in the first-half, but played with more freedom after the break. Scored for the second successive game in virtually identical fashion and he would have enjoyed this goal after he had a ‘goal’ controversially disallowed at this venue in August 6
Erhun Oztumer: Not at his best. Posh were out-numbered in midfield for the most part and he struggled to find any space in which to show his skills. Substituted midway through the second-half 6
Jon Taylor: An eye-catching second-half which he spent cutting inside onto his right foot from the left wing. Showed a pleasing willingness to shoot from the edge of the area and was denied a goal (albeit via a hefty deflection) by an outstanding save. Almost scored with a header from a corner as well 7
Conor Washington: Great to see this likeable character score twice. Ironically he probably didn’t perform as well in general play as he did the previous week, but this time he accepted two of the four scoring chances that came his way. His speed is a threat and his technique is improving 7
Lee Angol: Did a sound job on his return to the side, but no more than that. His weight of pass was poor, but like most of the team he did improve the game went on 6
Micheal Smith: (for Zakuani, 36 mins) Very bright and inventive going forward and supplied a fine pass for the crucial first goal. A good response to getting left out of the starting line up 7
Andrew Fox: (for Oztumer, 63 mins) Seems decent on the ball and takes a useful set-piece 7
Jack Baldwin: (for Angol, 90 mins)
Marcus Maddison: (not used)
Dion-Curtis Henry: (not used).
Souleymane Coulibaly: (not used).
Harry Beautyman: (not used).