Peterborough United Player Ratings vs Cardiff City

Peterborough suffered stoppage time heartbreak just a few days after the ecstasy of their last minute winner against Derby. Cardiff City came from two goals down, both coming from Aden Flint after Burrows and Dembele had given Posh a healthy lead just after half time. Here is how I rated the home players.

Christy Pym – 6/10

Nothing the Peterborough goalkeeper could do about both goals, despite the inevitable aerial bombardment he wasn’t heavily involved in the action on Tuesday night. His kicking wasn’t overly convincing but nothing overly poor equally.

Joe Ward – 7/10 

Very tentative on the opening day of the season, Ward played with more risk and belief which should make him a threat at this level. He executed his wing-back role effectively, showing some really deft touches to go past his man and get crosses into the box. He played with such great intensity which epitomised the team performance, putting in a tireless display between both boxes.

Frankie Kent – 7/10

I like how Kent takes responsibility for his side and doesn’t shirk trying to start the tempo from the back. He did this well throughout the match, driving into space and passing with accuracy. Defensively he swept up nicely and remain a composed figure despite sometimes it being a frantic second half.

Nathan Thompson – 5.5/10

Not shy in bringing the ball out from the back either, Thompson took risks when trying to engineer moves for his side and despite a couple of loose touches did so effectively. His strength was called into action where he marshalled the defence well but you feel he can implode if given the right circumstances. He went clattering into his opponent which caused a few handbags between the two sides, whilst he made contact with the ball a dangerous challenge is always a risk when it comes to the Championship referees. He was caught under Aden Flint for the first goal, despite giving up a notably height difference, this invited the Bluebirds back in the game.

Mark Beevers – 6.5/10

The experienced defender was always going to be the key man at the back given his aerial prowess against a very physical Mick McCarthy side. He did fairly well competing in the air with his opponents and did a solid job defensively before being brought off in the 61st minute through injury. Ferguson needs to find a way of utlising him in the side so he uses his head more than his feet, as he is not very reliable in possession of the football.

Dan Butler – 6.5/10

Workman like from the left wing-back but without any real moments of quality or poor play at the same time. He took up some decent positions on the pitch but against a compact defence had to play backwards or sideways. Great energy shown for 90 minutes.

Josh Knight – 6/10

Got caught in possession in bad areas a couple of times, one which should’ve led to a second half goal for Cardiff. I think Knight was busy but seemed to struggle to find any source of creativity against such a rigid side. Apart from a couple of mistakes though he was generally quite reliable on the ball and his pressing is good from a defensive point of view.

Oliver Norburn – 7.5/10

Very tenacious in the middle of the park, a player that definitely stood up to the fight. Aside from his relentless hassling of the opposition I thought he took up some very bright positions on the pitch which looked to open the visitors up a bit more and played his passes with purpose.

Harrison Burrows – 8.5/10

Star quality in a game that lacked anything but up to his 49th minute strike. He played with the same intelligence throughout the game and has such a nice balance that he looked like he could unlock the door if given the right service. Constant movement and link up play meant it was a great night for the teenager, he’ll have been disappointed not to have done better when a rare opening fell his way in the first half.

Siriki Dembele – 8.5/10

An absolute joy to watch, too much for the opposition to handle at times. Whilst his retention of the ball wasn’t always perfect you just know that he has something special to offer Peterborough and he showed that in the first half where he set Burrows in on goal with a nicely weighted pass following some clever play. The ball stuck to his foot all night and he finished off a fine move, combining with Jonson Clarke-Harris to make it 2-0.

Jonson Clarke-Harris – 8.5/10

Did a fine job in his own way, he somehow bullied the Cardiff back line and gave them a lot of work to do. His physicality and hold up play was excellent overall, drawing free kicks and making a nuisance of himself. Two assists were richly deserved as he picked the right pass on both occasions and executed nicely. He rushed a rare chance in the second half which opened up for him but a brilliant effort for the team before he had to go off on 81 minutes.

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