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Match Preview | Rotherham v Posh

We look ahead to the Good Friday clash.

29 March 2018

Posh head to Yorkshire on Good Friday to face promotion-contenders Rotherham United

Peterborough United travel to the New York Stadium to face Rotherham United on Good Friday (3pm) and with the Millers just ahead of Posh in the Sky Bet League One table, there is plenty at stake for both clubs.

When you add to the mix that former Rotherham United boss Steve Evans is in charge at Posh and that two former Posh players in Jon Taylor and Joe Newell are in the Millers’ ranks, you can see why it is arguably the game of the day in the division this weekend.

Posh go into the game off the back of a 1-1 draw with Bristol Rovers while the Millers were beaten 2-0 at Roots Hall against Southend United.

TEAM NEWS

Posh are waiting on the fitness of central defender Ryan Tafazolli who limped out of the draw with the Pirates inside the opening 10 minutes with a hamstring issue. Jack Baldwin is suspended while Gwion Edwards and Alex Penny are injured. Leo Da Silva Lopes is back from international duty with Portugal under 20s.

Rotherham goalkeeper Marek Rodak is likely to return to the starting line-up in the vital League One clash with Peterborough. Rodak, on a season-long loan from Fulham, missed last week's 2-0 defeat at Southend as he was away on international duty with Slovakia Under-21s and is set to displace Lewis Price. Darren Potter is still making his comeback from an Achilles injury and is unlikely to play.

FROM THE GAFFER

“I had three magical years at that club, but I want to beat them as much as they will want to beat me. It’s a great place to play football. I was there for the move to the new stadium (in 2012) and it’s a fantastic arena. The home fans are passionate and the atmosphere will be fantastic. I’m still in regular contact with the chairman (Tony Stewart) and their manager, Paul Warne, was my fitness coach. He’s a great lad.”

FROM THE OPPOSITION

Am I looking forward to going head to head with Steve? Not really. He’s won more games here than I have and he’s hugely experienced and I’m not. It was a rollercoaster at times but you could never say it wasn’t entertaining. Steve is a winner. He openly admits that all he wants to do is win. He’s a horrendous loser. That’s the other side of being a great winner, I suppose. He will do anything to win a game. Steve’s focus was always on the match day. The lads always knew exactly what he wanted from them. There were never any grey areas. Predominantly, he wanted them working hard,” Rotherham boss Paul Warne said.

TICKET NEWS

Just under 800 tickets had been sold in advance at 2pm on Thursday. Tickets are available 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. The game is not all-ticket, but there is a £2 price rise on the day.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

The referee for Saturday’s game is Scott Oldham.

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Marriott Earns Posh Precious Point

Jack Marriott scores stoppage time equaliser.

30 March 2018

Jack Marriott celebrates scoring the equalising goal at Roth Joe Dent / theposh.com
Jack Marriott celebrates scoring the equalising goal at Rotherham

Jack Marriott scored a stoppage time leveller to earn Posh a point and turn Good Friday into an excellent Friday.

Jack Marriott scored deep into stoppage time to earn Peterborough United a precious point against promotion contenders Rotherham United at the New York Stadium following an enthralling Sky Bet League One encounter.

The former Luton Town man notched his 30th goal of the campaign in the 98th minute following good work from substitute Junior Morias to earn Posh a point ahead of the local derby with Northampton Town on Easter Monday.

Goalkeeper Conor O’Malley produced a fine save on seven minute to deny Anthony Forde as the midfielder raced clean through following a flick from Smith, the Irishman smothering himself superbly to keep the scores level.

Towell fired over from an acute angle moments later as the game started at a frenetic pace. Posh had appeals for a spot-kick turned down on 14 minutes when Marriott went down under a challenge from Ajayi before O’Malley was called upon again to claw away a cross-shot from Mattock.

Ball slid in at the back post to divert a bouncing Palmer cross over the bar on 16 minutes as the Millers continued to threaten. Ajayi sent a looping header from a Newell free-kick over the bar moments later after Forrester had been adjudged to have felled his man.

Goalkeeper Rodak was called upon on 26 minutes to keep out a powerful Tafazolli header at the back post following a deep Maddison corner. Marriott was denied by the legs of Rodak after a sharp shot on the turn on 39 minutes after excellent approach play from Maddison and Cooper.

Posh made a change on 51 minutes with Junior Morias replacing George Cooper. Forde saw an effort from 30-yards clear the crossbar on 55 minutes before Steve Evans made a second change with Joe Ward replacing Lloyd.

Tafazolli was cautioned on 58 minutes for a foul by the touchline and moments later, Newell fired a volley wide of the target. Lavery sent a shot from 10-yards wide of the target on 62 minutes as the hosts continued to be in charge of the second half.

The deadlock was broken on 68 minutes as a free-kick wasn’t cleared and substitute LAVERY fired into the net from around six yards. Tafazolli limped out of the action on 72 minutes with Lewis Freestone his replacement.

O’Malley produced a fine stop to tip a Smith header over the bar on 74 minutes with Smith hooking a volley over from the resulting set-piece. Marriott was superbly denied by Rodak moments later after the front man wriggled into a shooting position 25-yards from goal.

Newell fired over after good work from Smith in a tight area at the other end as the game moved into the final 10 minutes. Six minutes of added time was signalled and Marriott saw a shot go wide from close-range, but in truth it was a very difficult opportunity with so many players around him.

Deep into stoppage time, Posh rescued a point, Morias pulling the ball back for Jack MARRIOTT and he fired low through the keeper and into the back of the net for his 30th goal of the season to earn Posh a precious point.

Rotherham: Rodak, Emmanuel, Mattock (sub Ihekwe 83min), Vaulks, Ajayi, Forde, Palmer, Ball (sub Lavery 59min), Towell (sub Williams 90min), Newell, Smith. Unused subs: Price, Wood, Taylor, Yates, Lavery.

Posh: O’Malley, Shephard, Hughes, Tafazolli (sub Freestone 72min), Forrester, Lloyd (sub Ward 55min), Maddison, Marriott, Taylor, Cooper (sub Morias 50min), Grant. Unused subs: Bond, Da Silva Lopes, Doughty, Anderson.

Half-time: Rotherham United 0-0 Peterborough United
Full-time: Rotherham United 1-1 Peterborough United
Attendance: 9,573 (1,240 Posh fans)

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