Peterborough’s scintillating form continued with a fine 2-0 win over Bristol Rovers on Tuesday night. A goal in each half from Jack Taylor and Dan Butler secured the win for the Posh. This is how I rated their performances individually.
Christy Pym – 6.5/10
It’s hard to argue with a clean sheet as the goalkeeper stood up on the few occasions he was called into play. He had Frankie Kent to thank for following up on a shot which he parried right in front of him which was unconvincing. Other than this Pym’s handling was clean, his kicking was sensible and secure as he diverted any danger with a couple of saves.
Nathan Thompson – 6/10
A slightly hit and miss display from the full back in the first half as he supported Joe Ward well with a bundle of energy but he was guilty of being loose in possession, giving the ball away cheaply on a few occasions. A far more quiet but solid second 45 meant it was job done from the right back.
Frankie Kent – 7.5/10
Took the game in his stride throughout and dealt with his defensive work with ease taking up good positions and clearing in commanding fashion. His reactions to Pym’s parry in the first half summed up his alert play during the entire match. He’ll be disappointed to have been rolled by a Bristol Rovers forward in the box in the second half which opened up an opportunity for the hosts but that was as much change as he gave away.
Mark Beevers – 6/10
The towering defender was largely solid but not without his fair share of clumsy mistakes. His blushes were saved in the first half as he booted the ball against Butler when trying to clear but thankfully saw the clearance fly over his own crossbar. He did what he does best, dominating his aerial duels but did give away a number of free kicks in the match. Despite this it was still a strong enough performance as he was still a key presence as his side earned a clean sheet on the road.
Dan Butler – 10/10
I don’t think you can ask much more from a full back. His first half performance was very mature defensively, providing intelligent cover for his centre backs when needed and leaving his winger in his back pocket. His passing and timing of his overlaps were thoughtful and well timed throughout the 90 minutes. He topped a super display with an all important second goal as he found acres of space and rifled and wonderful strike into the top right corner on an angle.
Reece Brown – 6/10
An inconsistent showing in possession, for every neat pass Brown made he was likely to be a little bit wayward on the ball. He got between both boxes and was pretty busy and involved in the thick of the action. Showed some quality with a couple of fine through balls and was combative defensively.
Jack Taylor – 6.5/10
An emphatic opening goal gave Posh the key first goal as Taylor fired sweetly into the top right corner from the edge of the box in the first half. His overall performance was a tame one on the whole despite showing a couple of lovely turns. He was a bit lightweight defensively and also guilty of giving the ball away on too many occasions.
Sammie Szmodics – 4/10
A night to forget, everything the midfielder touched seemed to not come off summed up when his second half strike was tipped on to the post and rolled across the goal line to no avail. Szmodics took up some nice positions in the game but was not effective in possession at all.
Joe Ward – 6/10
A sound performance from the wide man where he was constant but without anything spectacular. He looked bright early on trying to link the play even if not everything was coming off. He got up and down his flank effectively, providing good support defensively and kept attacks alive with his control of the ball.
Siriki Dembele – 6.5/10
Dembele was clearly the danger man for Peterborough and he left the opposition chasing shadows at times but couldn’t deliver the final blow. He fluffed a great early opening when set through on goal but his weak footed strike was tame and cleared as a result. He was constantly threatening, beating a man but will be disappointed he wasn’t more precise with his final delivery.
Jonson Clarke-Harris – 6/10
Perhaps an underrated performance, Clarke-Harris will be disappointed he didn’t find himself on the end of any real chances of note throughout the game. His hold up play was impressive at times, making a couple of cute flick on’s which set his teammates free. Despite some good build up play it was a fairly quiet outing for the forward who’s late free kick went just past the post.
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