Rochdale v Posh - the Posh player ratings

Alex Davey of Peterborough United in action with Ian Henderson of Rochdale. Picture: Joe Dent
Alex Davey of Peterborough United in action with Ian Henderson of Rochdale. Picture: Joe Dent
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How the Posh players shaped up in yesterday’s League One opener against Rochdale . . .

Ben Alnwick - Flapped at one cross, which saw Vincenti hit the post, and was fortunate that one save with his feet deflected back to him. Hard to fault him for either goal but a disappointing start after impressing last season 5

Tobi Adebayo-Rowling - A difficult debut for the 18-year-old at right-back. Accidentally set-up Rochdale’s opener, was caught out of position for the second and one costly loss of possession nearly led to a third goal. For the rest of the game he did not look out of place though 5

Alex Davey - For a man who had not even trained with his team-mates it was an accomplished start. Never looked flustered and carried the ball well, even starting one attack after a lengthy dribble 6

Gabriel Zakuani - Had some difficult moments with Ian Henderson, and one push on the edge of the area could easily have led to the referee blowing his whistle. Not at his commanding best 5

Kgosi Ntlhe - Did not receive the help he would have liked from his winger, but Rochdale enjoyed success down his flank. Offered more going forward than he showed last season 5

Jon Taylor - Always looks lively when he gets the ball, but there was not enough of an end product. Set-piece delivery as well could have been better and there was not enough tracking back 5

Michael Bostwick - The lion in the heart of midfield was more of a cub in his first match as full-time captain. Unusually for Bostwick, he was quiet and gave up possession a couple of times in meek fashion. Hopefully the Bostwick who ended last season will come to the fore soon 5

Jermaine Anderson - Chosen for his energy but was out-played by Rochdale’s midfield. Did little wrong during the match, but did not offer enough as a midfield shield or with the ball 5

Marcus Maddison - His pink boots dazzled more than his play. Won some dangerous free-kicks and corners, but a player with his talent could have done more in an open game 6

Joe Gormley - When your nickname’s Joe ‘the goal’, there is one thing which you are judged on. His positioning was good, but shooting wide when through on goal was costly. It was by far Posh’s best opportunity 5

Conor Washington - Not enough was seen of Washington here who never looked like scoring. In part it was due to a lack of service, but his contribution was overshadowed by opposite number Ian Henderson who gave his side a creative spark 5

Substitutes: Harry Anderson (for Jon Taylor, 76 mins)

Jack Collison (for Jermaine Anderson, 79 mins)

Souleymane Coulibaly (for Marcus Maddison, 84 mins)

Not used: Dion Curtis-Henry, Shaun Brisley, Harry Beautyman, Kyle Vassell