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Posh v Doncaster Rovers: Match Preview

A look ahead to the first gam

31 December 2017

Posh v Doncaster Rovers
Posh v Doncaster Rovers

Posh host Doncaster Rovers in the first Sky Bet League One fixture of 2018 on New Year's Day.

Peterborough United look to bounce back from the defeat to Milton Keynes Dons against Doncaster Rovers at the ABAX Stadium on New Year’s Day (3pm) and there will be a familiar face in the opposition dugout with Darren Ferguson in charge at the Keapmoat Stadium.

Another former Posh coach Gavin Strachan is on the management team with Doncaster and Tommy Rowe and Craig Alcock are expected to be in the Rovers squad for the Sky Bet League One fixture at the ABAX Stadium.

TEAM NEWS

Posh are without the services of Welshman Gwion Edwards, who could face up to three months on the sidelines with an ankle injury. Jack Baldwin is still struggling with a hamstring injury and is unlikely to be fit for the game.

Doncaster boss Darren Ferguson could be without several players due to a virus which has swept through his squad. Forward Alfie Beestin and midfielder Rodney Kongolo both missed Friday's home win against Rochdale due to flu-like symptoms and remain doubtful.

Striker Alfie May and defender Mathieu Baudry are also affected and Ferguson cancelled Saturday's training session in a bid to control the illness. Defender Craig Alcock, striker Liam Mandeville and winger Matty Blair are pushing for starting places as Rovers chase a fourth straight league win.

MCCANN QUOTES

“Saturday’s game was disappointing, but we have a quick chance to get some points on the board against an in-form Doncaster side. I watched them myself on Friday night and they won the game comfortably. We have won three out of the four games over the festive period, we want to make that four out of five.”

FROM THE OPPOSITION

“We go to Peterborough on Monday and it will be a tough game as they have a lot of obvious strengths within their side, so we will have to give our best performance in the four games we’ve had to get something out of the game. There is no way I am going there to draw the game, there is absolutely no chance of that happening, I want another three points and they’re in very good form themselves at the moment.

“It was a very cagey game when we played them here, both teams have changed a lot since then and I am really looking forward to the game as I’m obviously going up against my old team which is always nice. I’ve only been back to Peterborough twice since I left, once with Preston and we won and the other when I started the job with Doncaster and unfortunately we lost on that occasion. Once the game starts that all goes out of the window and I want to make sure that we leave there with three points at the end of the game,” Darren Ferguson said.

FREE KICKS DAY

The game has been designated ‘Free Kicks Day’ with the players wearing special shirts adorning the Free Kicks Foundation logo. These shirts will be auctioned after the game with all money going to the Foundation. The first team squad, management staff and behind the scenes staff have donated a percentage of their wages to the Foundation.

TICKET NEWS

Tickets are on sale at www.theposhtickets.com, via the Ticketmaster hotline 0844 847 1934 (calls cost 7ppm plus your network access fee) and in person at the ABAX Stadium Box Office.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

The referee is John Brooks.

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Last Gasp Whiteman Goal Earns Donny Point

Last minute goal earns Doncaster point at the ABAX Stadium.

1 January 2018

Danny Lloyd in action against Doncaster Rovers Joe Dent / theposh.com
Danny Lloyd in action against Doncaster Rovers

A goal deep into stoppage time earns Doncaster Rovers a point at the AB

A goal deep into stoppage time from Ben Whiteman earned Doncaster Rovers a 1-1 draw at the ABAX Stadium as a first half strike from Danny Lloyd was cancelled out by Darren Ferguson’s men right at the death.

Steven Taylor produced a fine block to deny Tommy Rowe on five minutes as the visitors created the first real opportunity of the game. Rowe saw another effort deflected into the grateful arms of Bond via the heel of his team-mate May on nine minutes.

The deadlock was broken on 13 minutes, a well flighted Maddison free-kick was nodded back across goal by Tafazolli and there was the foreverposh Player of the Month for December, Danny LLOYD to divert the ball into the back of the net via the inside of the post with an well struck shot from six-yards.

Liam Mandeville curled a free-kick inches wide at the other end from 25-yards after Doughty was penalised for a late foul. Mandeville fired over from long-range after finding a bit of space on 22 minutes in a dangerous position between the lines.

Maddison saw a left-foot curler from 30-yards drift wide of the far post on 25 minutes after Marriott did well to put off the defender in an aerial duel. Maddison was cautioned for diving on 33 minutes – he appeared to be clattered by goalkeeper Lawlor but the referee was quick to give the decision in Doncaster’s favour.

Maddison saw a left-footed free-kick from a wide angle drift just past the upright after he was felled by the back-tracking Mason following an excellent Forrester pass. Lloyd was denied by the legs of Lawlor on 43 minutes after cutting inside onto his right-foot after he was picked out delightfully by Doughty.

On the stroke of half-time, Bond did well to gather a Marquis effort after Grant had been dispossessed in a dangerous area. Tafazolli appeared to meet an in-swinging corner from Maddison at good pace, but it must have come off his shoulder as the ball trickled wide of the target.

Forrester cracked the outside of the post with a superb volley on 53 minutes, the Irishman connecting expertly with the volley and Lawlor was clutching at thin air only to be saved by the woodwork. Penny was cautioned by the referee for a foul on 56 minutes and Joe Wright followed him into the book moments later for Doncaster.

Grant McCann made his first change just after the hour mark with Leo Da Silva Lopes replacing Doughty in midfield. Marriott saw a half volley deflect over the bar moments later from 25-yards. Mason was then yellow carded for bringing down Maddison who then overhit the resulting free-kick.

Ben Whiteman floated a free-kick over the bar on 82 minutes after Grant was adjudged to have felled his man on the edge of the box. Junior Morias replaced Maddison on 86 minutes as Posh made a second change.

Bond produced a fine stop to deny a Marquis header after a glorious Rowe cross and then May somehow contrived to miss from closer in after another drilled cross as the game entered five minutes of added time. Deep into that added time, Doncaster levelled the scores as WHITEMAN was in the right place to drill through the legs of Bond after a deflection fell kindly in the six-yard box.

Posh: Bond, Hughes, Tafazolli, Forrester, Lloyd, Maddison (sub Morias 86min), Marriott, Penny, Doughty (sub Da Silva Lopes 61min), Taylor, Grant. Unused subs: O’Malley, Shephard, Kanu, Anderson, Freestone.

Doncaster: Lawlor, Butler, Mason, Marquis, Rowe, Whiteman, Mandeville (sub Beestin 64min), Wright, Houghton (sub Kongolo 70min), Blair, May. Unused subs: Marosi, Alcock, Baudry, Garratt, Ben Khemis.

Half-time: Peterborough United 1-0 Doncaster Rovers
Full-time: Peterborough United 1-1 Doncaster Rovers
Attendance: 5,173 (583 Doncaster fans)

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