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Player ratings: Iron fall to defeat against professional Posh

Scunthorpe lost 2-0 to Peterborough on a miserable day at Glanford Park, with a number of less than impressive performances for the home side.

The Iron started the game well, as they limited the visitors to very few chances in the first half. After the break, however, Posh took control of the game and punished some poor defending from Stuart McCall’s side, courtesy of two goals from former Iron striker Matt Godden.

United failed to claw themselves back into the game and endly the 90 minutes poorly, creating next to nothing to really test the opposition.

Here is how the players rated:

Jak Alnwick – didn’t have a lot to do in the game, but when called upon, he didn’t really do his side any favours. Although the defence in front of him were off the pace once again, Alnwick should have done better for both goals – 

Jordan Clarke – the right-back does not look fit, he did his best against the tricky Siriki Dembele, though. Clarke was exposed for most of the game, with very little help from the midfielders in front of him – 

Charlie Goode – had a decent first half and did a good job of keeping the Posh front two quiet. Should have done more for Godden’s second, but he did ok – 

Rory McArdle – not a good day for the centre-half, he didn’t look comfortable playing on the left. The captain did not lead by example, as he repeatedly gave the ball away – 5

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson – arguably his worst performance in a Scunthorpe shirt, as he struggled to beat the opposition’s full-back when going forward and he was beaten a number of times defensively – 5

Ryan Colclough – looked dangerous at the start of the game and was probably the Iron’s best first half performer. However, after the break, Colclough was shifted out to the left wing and struggled to create anything – 

Funso Ojo – tried his best and was probably let down by a number of the players around him. He moved the ball well around the field and broke up play well. Ojo was the only man to test the Peterborough ‘keeper –

Matty Lund – didn’t do anything special, but he did put himself about and pressed Posh’s midfielders well. Disappointing to see him go off with an injury – 

Josh Morris – the midfielder didn’t do enough going forward for his side and his delivery was poor. Shame to see him go off injured, but he will have better days – 

Stephen Humphrys – not good enough on the day, but he did work hard. Humphrys has to make smarter runs, get in better positions and improve his hold up play – 

Lee Novak – for a striker of Novak’s experience, it was a poor day at the office. The Iron rely on him to hold the ball up and bring others into play, which he didn’t do very well whatsoever. The forward didn’t link up well with Humphrys – 

None of the subs had an impact on a game that was already dead when they took to the field – 5 for all of them. 

Written by James Murray

Aspiring journalist and Scunthorpe United fan studying at the London South Bank University.

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