After three days of voting, the results of the first ever Standing on the Glebe awards are now in and listed below.
Player of the Season
3rd: Bobby Olejnik – Brought in over the summer, Olejnik was arguably Posh’s most consistent performer this season. He needed to be, too. Gone are the days of the controversial goalkeeping situation at London Road, with the fan-base firmly behind the Austrian shot-stopper. Olejnik rarely has made a mistake and his passionate and vocal performances have earned him many fans in his first season at Posh.
2nd: Lee Tomlin – It’s fair to say that if this vote had been conducted before George Boyd’s departure, Tomlin probably wouldn’t have been close to winning this award. However, his form since Peterborough United’s former talisman’s transfer to Hull has been a revelation and he has stepped up and picked up the baton as Posh’s most creative influence. Gone are the days of petulant and frustrating displays; Tomlin has shown discipline and work-rate of late and his performance when his side needed him most, at Crystal Palace, was nothing short of outstanding.
1st: Tommy Rowe – If Rowe had been fit for the entirety of this season it is likely that Posh would still be playing Championship football. It is no coincidence that his return to fitness and Peterborough United’s best form came at the same time. A rampaging left-back with attacking instincts at heart, there were games that he single-handedly won for Posh and, although his standards dropped off towards the end of the season, he was still solid and consistent during this spell. It wasn’t long ago that Rowe was accused be a certain section of Posh fans for being the ‘invisible man’, but this season he has been the most notable.
Young Player of the Season
3rd: Kane Ferdinand – It took Ferdinand a while to adapt to Championship football, but once he did he was a really valuable player in Posh’s midfield. Darren Ferguson has often spoke about the former Southend man’s ‘energies’ and the came to the fore during the latter stage of the season, with his non-stop running and hassling of opposition players allowing Posh to impose themselves on the midfield battle. Technically he still has much to work on, but he is still only 20 and undeniably has a bright future in the game.
2nd: Kgosi Ntlhe – Many were surprised when Ntlhe started Posh’s first game of the season at left-back against Leicester City, but he was soon being touted as a major prospect at London Road after a series of excellent performances. He even earned international recognition, getting a call-up to the full South African squad for a friendly against Brazil. Unfortunately an injury thwarted his progress, just as he seemed to be hitting top form. That said, he will be fit for the start of next season and there is a definite excitement around London Road about his potential.
1st: Jack Payne – For a player that only started 11 games this season to win this award shows just how much of impression Payne had at London Road. Many questioned his transfer, a loan move from Gillingham after he had struggled to break into their first-team on a regular basis before joining Posh, but as soon as he stepped into Posh’s starting line-up he looked at home. Comfortable in possession and a scrapper, he immediately became integral to the way Posh play and there will be huge disappointment if his transfer is not made a permanent one this summer.
Goal of the Season
3rd: Michael Bostwick vs Cardiff – The goal that started the regular occurrence of seeing a set-piece laid off for Bostwick to smash. The sheer power of the 25-yard shot beat David Marshall and flew into the net, setting Posh off for a brilliant win against the league leaders.
2nd: Lee Tomlin vs Crystal Palace – In any other season this probably would have won the award. The skill required to score it was quite phenomenal. Tomlin skipped inside Dean Moxey, before nutmegging Mile Jedinak and carrying on with his run, he beat two more men before unleashing a powerful shot from just outside the area which beat Julian Speroni and hit the back of the net. Unfortunately for Posh, it wasn’t to be enough, but if it had of been the goal that secured their safety it would certainly have been a worthy one.
1st: George Boyd vs Huddersfield – This was never going to go to anybody else really, was it? The greatest goal ever scored at London Road is a deserving winner of this award. Few would have even considered trying what Boyd did to score this, hitting a half-volley from the half-way line that looped over Alex Smithies and into the back of the net, but then few players have the ability of The White Pele.
Game of the Season
3rd: Posh 3-2 Watford – With the pressure on, Posh knew that they could not afford to lose this game at London Road. In their way, though, were a Watford side that were amongst the most dangerous in the Championship. However, Posh put in a scintillating counter-attacking display, with the creativity of Lee Tomlin and Danny Swanson and the pace of Dwight Gayle particularly evident and took all three points in impressive fashion.
2nd: Cardiff 1-2 Posh – After losing 14 of your first 18 games, the prospect of facing the league leaders, in their own back-yard is a daunting prospect. Yet, Posh thrived off the scenario and produced an excellent display. Many Cardiff fans admitted it could have been more and the performance of Posh on the day remains the best they have seen at the Cardiff City Stadium this season.
1st: Millwall 1-5 Posh – Normally intimidating for any opponent, The New Den is famously a stadium that away teams don’t like to play in. However, Posh adapted to their surroundings brilliantly a produced a result that topped their best ever away win at this level. It was an absolute annihilation with George Boyd running riot in his final game in a Posh shirt and one that will live long in the memory for Peterborough United fans.