Goalkeeper Ben Alwnick was by far and away the best Peterborough United player in their 3-1 League One win over Coventry at the ABAX Stadium tonight (March 25).
Alnwick’s heroics kept Coventry at bay during a one-sided first-half in front of the live Sky TV cameras.
Ben Alnwick: Superb display. Posh would have been dead an buried in the opening quarter, but for a string of great saves. Caught his crosses well and a deserved winner of the man-of-the-match award. Outstanding 9
Jack Baldwin: Looked uncomfortable at right-back and soon switched to centre-back where he was much better once he located his bearings. Excellent second-half effort when Posh finally came to terms with the excellence of the Coventry attack 6.5
Andrew Fox: He is a reliable squad member. Occasionally caught out during Coventry’s rampant start to the game, but still produced a quite stunning goal-line save. Reasonably solid defensive effort in the second-half, but this was quite an exmination for a novice full-back 6
Ricardo Santos: He was all over the place positionally at centre-back and at right-back, and also made some strange decisions when in possession. Wears his heart on his sleeve though and is destined to become a Posh cult hero for all sorts of reasons 5.5
Michael Bostwick: Even he couldn’t stem the tidal wave of Coventry attacks in the first quarter of the game. His well-taken headed goal on the stroke of half-time was possibly the pivotal moment of the whole game. Played very strongly in the second-half 7
Chris Forrester: He was over-run in midfield for large parts of the contest, but he stuck to his passing beliefs and he helped take the sting out of the game towards the end 6
Harry Beautyman: This enthusiastic midfielder is turning into a popular Posh character. He plays with great energey and commitment and his first goal of the season was a just reward for persistance. He took it well and it effectively sealed the three points 6.5
Erhun Oztumer: Struggled for form again and taken off in the first half after picking up a niggle 5
Jon Taylor: Little impact in his 56 minutes on the pitch, although no lack of effort 5.5
Marcus Maddison: Two more assists and he’s developing the sort of consistency that will one day win him a move to a bigger club. Always an attacking threat, showed good movement and awareness, so just need to work on his tracking back and his poor pain threshold 7
Aaron Williams: He moves well and he competes well. Not often seen on the ball in this game, but he does some impressive off-the-ball work. Looks a good find 6
Shaquile Coulthirst (for Oztumer, 37 mins): Very impressive substitute appearance. Played with pace and tenacity and had a key part in the second Posh goal 7
Lee Angol: (for Taylor, 56 mins) Helped change the game in Posh’s favour. Very strong running, puts defenders under pressure and took his first goal for four months well 6.5
Simon Gillett: (for Beautyman, 77 mins) Neat and tidy when called into action 6
Tom Nichols: (not used).
Adil Nabi: (not used).
Callum Chettle: (not used).
Mark Tyler: (not used).