Written by David Robinson
Peterborough United managed a second half comeback to beat Leeds United at home. Young striker Shaquile Coulthirst bagged a second period brace with two impressive finishes to secure the friendly win over the Yorkshire Club. There was no way anyone would’ve seen the result coming after the first half with the Posh outclassed largely. A more determined performance after the break saw a fightback where the hosts were much more threatening and halted Leeds’s momentum from the first 45. I give my Peterborough ratings from the match.
Ben Alnwick – 9/10
A fantastic display from the goalkeeper. He kept the visitors at bay and really made the game a contest at the half time whistle. He made quite a few stops which included some one vs one opportunities so he had to be alert in different ways. He also impressed with his feet playing out in difficult situations and only one poor kick was the only error all afternoon.
Michael Smith – 5/10
Endured a torrid first half where the Northern Irish Right Back got torn apart by Keemar Roofe. He allowed the winger to get far too close to goal and was lucky to see his team only concede one. However to his credit he looked secure in possession and was tenacious enough to win the ball back particularly in the second half where he would not lie down so overall not a disastrous performance considering.
Jack Baldwin – 6/10
A solid but unspectacular display. Baldwin didn’t give much away but was not a forceful figure at the heart of the defence. He perhaps could have offered more help to Smith down the right hand side but he still coped well defensively.
Ryan Tafazolli – 6/10
The 6’5” centre back wasn’t overly convincing but didn’t do an awful lot wrong throughout the game. Aerially he is of course sound but his distribution from the back looked poor. Not overly troubled and stretched so it’s difficult to be overly critical in what wasn’t the most eventful game for the centre half.
Andrew Hughes – 7/10
A very accomplished performance from left back. The former Newport player looked comfortable against a winger who clearly had more speed but that didn’t matter as he nullified the threat where later his opponent would switch wings. In terms of going forwards you can’t ask much more from a full back who’s main duties look to be defensive ones. His touch was superb and he offered a good outlet down the left hand side where he would link up the play sensibly throughout.
Chris Forrester – 6/10
At the base of the diamond, the highly rated Irishman has had better days but he still showed his qualities and was not guilty of being off the pace in the first half where other team mates were. He struggled to really get the tempo going but I put this down to a lack of forward options and the diamond formation simply restricted his ability to find the right ball in this match up. He showed some nice touches to avoid losing possession but only simple passes were a feature of his game on this occasion.
Jermaine Anderson – 4/10
A very lacklustre start to the match meant it looked like it could’ve been a horror show for the former Arsenal trainee. He gave the ball away countless times and while he was determined to not let it effect him it hurt the team before the interval. He did show a couple of nice touches before being replaced in the 62nd minute but really Anderson will be hoping to raise his game quite a bit during the season.
Leo Da Silva Lopes – 6/10
The 17 year old can be happy with his performance. He kept the ball throughout the game in a tidy but simple fashion meaning he didn’t really put a foot wrong. On the other hand when forgetting his age he wasn’t a hugely constructive figure meaning attacks weren’t being built with a real threat to the Leeds defence. However an effective game to a certain degree before being subbed late on.
Marcus Maddison – 5/10
As ever a mixed bag. Sloppy in possession at times notably setting Leeds free in the first half gifting possession away in his own half. His usual host of shots didn’t test Rob Green in goal although he was close to scoring late on. Some nice flicks were a highlight and although he did well with some passages of play his flair didn’t come to fruition in this match.
Paul Taylor – 6/10
Another player with plenty of flair that didn’t come off, Taylor hit his few shots high over the bar which caused little damage. He dropped deep to pick up the ball and managed to roll his marker at times yet he was guilty of losing out in the challenge and without really hurting the Leeds back line.
Shaquile Coulthirst – 8/10
Two excellent finishes from outside the box meant it was a great game for Coulthirst who has been criticised for his lack of cutting edge previously. He worked tirelessly and got his rewards for his efforts. His goals aside, the former Spurs man looked to take on his defender although he was halted more often than not but he gave the defence little time to breathe.
Peterborough fans, what would your ratings be? Let us know in the comments below!