Peterborough United delivered an outstanding team display in toppling Sheffield United 3-2 at Bramall Lane today (January 2).
The team effort was probably more impressive than the individual displays, although Posh did score three high-quality goals.
Here are the Peterborough Telegraph player marks.
Ben Alnwick: Made a couple of cracking saves when Posh were wobbling in the first-half. Handled the many crosses that came his way well, but doubtless gave Posh fans a few heart scares with his kicking and passing. Got away with it though 7
Michael Smith: Might have been unlucky with the penalty he gave away. He sliced a few clearances in the first-half, but his athleticism helped him get out of trouble. Not able to get forward quite as much as usual because of the strength of the opposition. Finished the game protecting the back four from the centre of midfield 6
Andrew Fox: A tough ask to play out-of-position in a makeshift defence. Predictably struggled against a rampaging right-back and substituted at half-time. Almost scored straight after Posh took the lead 5
Jack Baldwin: First start for 14 months so fair play to him for lasting 90 minutes and for playing so doggedly. Struggled to form an understanding with left-back Fox in the first half, but much better with the more experienced Wilson after the break. Made some fine blocks, didn’t need to play the ball when he conceded the own goal, but he wouldn’t have known that 7
Ricardo Santos: A shaky display especially in the first-half when he made some dodgy decisions both when tackling and when in possession. Better after the break when he took fewer chances with the ball, but he remains a work in progress 5
Chris Forrester: His passing lacked it’s usual sharpness and accuracy. He was put under a lot of pressure so occasionally even got caught in possession 6
Harry Beautyman: The longer the game went on, the better he played. He was overwhelmed by the tempo and aggression of the home midfielders before the break and barely managed to keep hold of the ball. The second-half saw him make a couple of excellent interceptions and blocks. A good recovery 6
Erhun Oztumer: Another to hardly get a kick before the break, but he was excellent in the second-half after scoring a superb goal from outside the area. Delivered a couple of quality left-wing crosses that just eluded team-mates 7
Jon Taylor: Never stopped running and harrassing his opponents. Not often seen on the ball, but this game was about determination and effort as much as it was about skilled passing 6
Conor Washington: Outstanding goal from the edge of the area set Posh on their way. He didn’t see a lot of the ball, but my goodness he put a shift in to make sure the home defence were rushed into clearances. Extra mark for the quality of his goal 7
Marcus Maddison: Played further forward and he enjoyed a couple of good moments before he was substituted 15 minutes from time. One fine pass to Washington in the first half and one excellent shot that was saved in the second-half were his highlights 6
Lawrie Wilson: (for Fox, 46 mins) Steadied the back four down. A good signing given the club’s current defensive issues 6
Martin Samuelsen: (for Maddison, 78 mins) Worth an 8/10 for his goal. Stunning 8
Miles Addison: (for Forrester, 89 mins)
Jordan Nicholson: (not used).
Dion-Curtis Henry: (not used).
Lee Angol: (not used).
Souleymane Coulibaly: (not used).