Ratings: Przybek and Roberts the pick of the bunch at Peterborough
We look at the performances as Town knock out Peterborough United on penalties in the Leasing.com Trophy.
Adam Przybek – 8
Really promising debut from the former WBA keeper. Making some good first half stops, Przybek could do little with the Peterborough goal as the ball was fired in from just inside the area by Jones. Ensured the game went to spot kicks when a combination of him and Huws kept Peterborough out at the depth. As with all shootouts keepers can be heroes, Przybek certainly didn’t disappoint, saving from Dembele and Frankie Kent.
Barry Cotter – 7
A forgotten man who has been spent time on loan at Chelmsford earlier this campaign. Cotter continued to make promising forward runs throughout the match and provided plenty of attacking endeavour. At times his passing was sloppy and when with the ball in the final third, Cotter should be pleased with his performance. Cramped up in the dying moments but ended his 21st Birthday and even scoring the winning penalty.
Alex Henderson – 7
A surprise inclusion for Alex Henderson who survived an early penalty scare when he appeared to have pulled back Peterborough striker. After that, Henderson grew into the game and was more than comfortable with the ball at his feet. Henderson had another shaky moment early in the second half, when racing in to try and steal the ball which resulted in Ward missing guilt-edged chance. Henderson is captain of the U18s, and his leadership qualities were key in the second half and even kept the dangerous Tony and Eisa quiet in the closing stages.
Cole Skuse – 6
Skuse started the game in the unfamiliar role next to young Henderson at the back. Whilst not possessing blistering pace, Skuse often covered up his defencing colleagues and mopped up promising Peterborough attacks on numerous occasions. Perhaps could have closed down Jones for the equaliser and was withdrawn at the break as a precaution with a view to Saturday.
Myles Kenlock – 6
Quiet first half for Kenlock which then saw him move to centre-back in a very inexperienced back four after the break. Kenlock made a vital interception in the closing stages when he took the ball off the foot of Toney in injury time. Kenlock even had the confidence to step up for a penalty, which he cooly dispatched
Brett McGavin – 7
Like what I see from this man. Whilst sitting in front of the back four, breaking up and sniffing out Peterborough attacks. On the ball he looks composed, rotating the ball whilst also not afraid to pass forward. The young man certainly doesn’t lack confidence either, putting his name forward to take a penalty ahead of more senior players.
Emyr Huws – 6
A bit of an indifferent night for Huws. It was the experienced man who gave the ball away for Peterborough’s equaliser and was largely wasteful with the ball for long periods. His booking, for a cynical fouls on Dembele in the 70th minute, seem to spark him into life and he very nearly won the tie for Town, on more than one occasion. Firstly, a goal bound free kick turned over in 88th minute and he really should have scored in the 94th minute. After working space in the box, Huws, on his weaker left foot, had a tame effort saved by the keeper, perhaps he could / should of squared to Norwood. Showed his experience from the penalty spot to score in the shootout.
Idris El Mizouni – 6
On the whole, a fairly quiet night for El Mizouni. The Tunisian showed great poachers instinct to follow up Norwood’s shot to put Town 1-0 up after 22 minutes. The few times Town got him on the ball he looked a threat but not often enough throughout the 90 minutes. Another player to score in the shootout.
Armando Dobra – 6
Similarly to El Mizouni it was a quiet evening for Dobra. Very quiet in the first half, was more involved after the break and produced a lovely turn which led to soft penalty appeal just shy of the hour mark.
Jordan Roberts – 8
Returning to the lineup after his toe injury Roberts was my pick of the bunch at Peterborough. Operating on the right hand side, Roberts intercepted a square Peterborough pass which lead to El Mizouni opener. That gave him confidence and he then had a couple of attempts fired wide of the goal. Looked as lively as anyone in a Town shirt on his return from anyone. Cooly dispatched his penalty to get Town up and running in the shootout.
James Norwood – 6
Given a rare cup outing due to being suspended for the weekend game at Coventry. Had an early sight of goal after some good play from Cotter, but easily saved. Involved in the goal with a driving run and initial shot which was fumbled by the keeper for El Mizouni to finish. Had a few glimpses at goal after the break but never really threatening the keeper. Dispatched his penalty with power and accuracy in the shootout.
Tommy Smith – 6
The academy graduate came on at half time replacing Cole Skuse to make his Town debut. The left back won his first big duel against Kanu but was booked after bringing down Kanu just before the hour mark. That could have meant a nervy last half an hour, but Smith actually recovered well from that moment and rarely put a foot wrong.