POSH VERDICTS: Peterborough United chairman rates his players

Lee Angol scores to make it Posh 4, Crewe 0. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com
Lee Angol scores to make it Posh 4, Crewe 0. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com
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The Peterborough Telegraph issued a cheeky invitation to club chairman Darragh MacAnthony to issue the player marks after today’s (November 21) 5-1 win at Crewe.

MacAnthony often disagrees with our man’s verdicts so here was his response to today’s emphatic win.

Posh star Jon Taylor shows a clean pair of heels to the Crewe defence. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com

Posh star Jon Taylor shows a clean pair of heels to the Crewe defence. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com

He said: “Solid 8/10 for them all with Jermaine Anderson 9/10 & Jon Taylor an 8.5/10. The management get 8/10 for their half-time team talk and I thought Harry Beautyman looked brilliant when he came on as a substitute after a long injury. Like a new signing!”

And here are the verdicts of the Peterborough Telegraph’s Posh writer...

Ben Alnwick: Was kept busy mainly by shots from outside the area, but he handled everything with great confidence. Catches crosses to relieve pressure on his defence and cleared his lines pretty impressively 7

Michael Smith: A strong showing defensively and offensively. He’s looking a real menace when galloping down the right hand side of the pitch and sent in a couple of lovely crosses from that area 8

Callum Elder: Both Posh full-backs get up and down the pitch very well. Elder is always available and doesn’t miss the opportunity to advance towards the opposition penalty area. One great first-half cross was flicked over the bar by Angol. Caught in possession a couple of times, but he’s a very good player currently playing very well 8

Ricardo Santos: Picked up an early caution which rules him out of the next match, but it didn’t affect him as he was physical and dominant in most of his defensive work. Might have scored in the first-half and his attacking threat from set pieces needs some work. He’s so big and strong he should be a real handful for defences 7

Michael Bostwick: Very powerful defensive display. He leads by example by winning headers and tackles galore. Plays on the front foot, very aggressive, although he collected his ninth caution of the campaign which is a concern 7.5

Chris Forrester: Neat and tidy in possession as we’ve all come to expect. Not the greatest tackler, but he makes up for that with his reading of the game meaning he makes more interceptions than he makes physical challenges 7

Jermaine Anderson: The team’s new goal machine has five in his last four games, but his performance was not just about goals today. He was strong in the tackle and very accurate in possession. His first goal was fortunate, but his second was an excellent strike. He should have claimed a hat-trick with a late header. Outstanding 9

Erhun Oztumer: Three goal assists for a player who ran himself into the ground with an all-action display. Pass of the game set-up the crucial second goal for Washington. 7.5

Jon Taylor: Claimed the all-important opening goal and looked a real threat whenever he ran at the Crewe defence, which was often. Another who had the chances to grab a hat-trick, but he is in terrific form. Workd hard as well, often seen helping out the Posh defence 8.5

Conor Washington: Saw a golden third-minute scoring opportunity saved, but he kept plugging away and showed excellent control and composure to strike at the start of the second-half. An unselfish display full of strong running and intelligent movement 7

Lee Angol: He’s looked very sharp in his last two outings. Often drops deep to collect the ball, but he has also started turning and running at opposition defences and he does it well. Loved his first-time sidefoot finish for the fourth goal. Took it early so the goalkeeper had no time to settle 7

Substitutes:

Harry Beautyman: (for Oztumer, 75 minutes).

Souleymane Coulibaly: (for Washington, 79 minutes)

Andrew Fox: (for Forrester, 85 minutes)

Leo da Silva Lopes: (not used).

Tobi Adebayo-Rowling: (not used).

Marcus Maddison: (not used)

Harry Anderson: (not used).