On-loan left-back Callum Elder was the Peterborough Telegraph’s man-of-the-match from the 1-1 home draw with Shrewsbury today (December 12).
The overall and individual standards of many players dropped compared to recent weeks.
Ben Alnwick: He’ll know he should have done better with the equalising goal, but he wasn’t helped by a retreating defence who didn’t react as well as Tyrone Barnett to the initial shot. Made two fine saves before his mistake 6
Michael Smith: Not really at the races today, but still performed with plenty of energy and effort. He’s a very useful outlet for the Posh midfield when they are being marked as closely as they were today 6
Callum Elder: Delivered a string of superb crosses before the break which went unappreciated by team-mates. Also set up best late chance after dancing to the by-line. Defended solidly. Very good all-round game 8
Michael Bostwick: Played well again. Difficult wind in which to judge headers, but he did it far better than his central defensive partner. Strong in the tackle as well, but should have scored with a first-half header from a corner 7
Ricardo Santos: Had trouble with his timing when attempting to win headers. Made a couple of important tackles in his own area and escaped with a few iffy touches in dangerous areas 6
Chris Forrester: He’s now such a key player opponents have started putting a man on him. The midfielder still played okay though because he has the quality and composure to stay cool and pass well under pressure 7
Harry Beautyman: It was tough going for the midfielder who nontheless never stopped working for the team. The ball was up in the air a lot in a blustery wind so tough to get control and then keep control 6
Erhun Oztumer: Remains an enigma with the good currentky outweighing the indifferent. Played a great pass for the Posh goal, but he still tries difficult balls when easy passes to wide open players will lead to just as much danger. Passing the ball to Elder, however simply, is never a bad pass. Should have hit the target in first-half injury time after a wonderful dribble into the penalty area 7
Marcus Maddison: His first start for nine weeks and it showed at times. His best moments were two sweetly struck free-kicks that swerved and forced good saves from the Shrewsbury goalkeeper 6
Conor Washington: He took his goal well with his weaker left foot which should give him the confidence to shoot from that side more often. It was a good finish from a striker who ran hard for the team all game without threatening to make too much else happen 7
Lee Angol: Started in a less advanced position than Maddison and Washington and when he brings the ball down, turns and runs at defenders he looks a threat. Didn’t influence the match enough here though and substituted early in the second-half 6
Substitutes Jon Taylor: (for Angol, 59 mins)
Andrew Fox: (for Beautyman, 67 mins)
Souleymane Coulibaly: (for Maddison, 75 mins)
Dion-Curtis Henry: (not used).
Jack Baldwin: (not used).
Miles Addison: (not used)
Leo Da Silva Lopes: (not used).