Peterborough United had to work hard for their 2-1 League One win over lowly Fleetwood at the ABAX Stadium today (November 14)
There were some strong individual displays from Posh players, but this was a win for a collective team effort rather than one gained by individual excellence.
Ben Alnwick: Smartly off his line to snuff out an early Fleetwood opportunity and made a terrific fingertip save to deny the visitors a late equaliser. Distribution was difficult as Fleetwood closed down the normal passing avenues 7
Michael Smith: A mixed bag from the right back. A great cross for the winning goal was accompanied by some hesitant defending. Picked up a caution for a ‘necessary’ foul on the edge of his own area, but was often found out defensively by some good wing-play 6
Callum Elder: He’s a rock-solid performer. Few issues defensively and when he gets the opportunity he can deliver a superb cross, He set the first goal up with a lovely whipped centre from the left. He’s a good player who is improving by the game 7
Ricardo Santos: Stuck to his task well even when unnerved by David Ball’s arrival. Ball is a good penalty area operator and his runs often found the space between Santos and Smith. The big central defender made some mighty clearances though 6
Michael Bostwick: Charges into tackles and blocks like a man possessed. He deserves a lot of credit for his ability play consistently well in a lot of positions. He was a comforting presence at the back in this game and won some crucial headers 7
Chris Forrester: Fleetwood realised the young Irishman is key to the way Posh like to play and tried hard to deny him possession in his own half. It worked up to a point, but there were still some classy touches when he was able to start Posh attacks 7
Jermaine Anderson: He has become a much better attacking midfielder this season as three goals in his last three games would suggest. He scored the winner with a well-timed run and header into the corner of the net. He had missed a couple of earlier scoring opportunities, but pleasingly he didn’t go into his shell and hide. His passing was poor at times though 6
Erhun Oztumer: The winner of the ‘Forever Posh’ player-of-the-month for October has started to labour a little. He still showed some deft touches in the first-half when he should have scored after some fine link-up play with Jon Taylor. Substituted early in the second-half at 0-0 and Maddison’s return to fitness means his place might come under threat 6
Jon Taylor: His busy, tireless approach is impressive and he was at the heart of most of the good Posh attacking play in the first-half. The Fleetwood goalkeeper made three fine saves to stop Taylor scoring. This livewire winger will be a key man if Posh are to get in the thick of the promotion race 8
Lee Angol: It was a surprise to see him come off as he’d looked in far better touch than his strike partner, Showed good pace to create half chances in either half and held the ball up well, a skill the team lost when he was substituted 10 minutes after the break 7
Conor Washington: Anonymous in the first-half apart from one half-chance he smashed over the crossbar. Ball wouldn’t stick to him, although he created his only chance himself with a strong run that ended with a shot against the ‘keeper’s legs. Disappointing 5
Marcus Maddison: (for Oztumer, 56 mins).
Souleymane Coulibaly: (for Angol, 56 mins).
Andrew Fox: (for Washington, 80 mins).
Dion-Curtis Henry: (not used)
Harry Beautyman: (not used)
Leo Da Silva Lopes: (not used).
Tobu Adebayo-Rowling: (not used).