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09 February 2019 Venue The Keepmoat Stadium Attendance

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Doncaster Rovers v Posh | Match Preview

A look ahead to Saturday’s trip to the Keepmoat Stadium.

8 February 2019

Peterborough United travel to the Keepmoat Stadium to face Doncaster Rovers in Sky Bet League One.

Peterborough United make the trip to Doncaster Rovers on Saturday (3pm) in Sky Bet League One action and there are more than a view links between the two clubs and not just because of the relevant positions in the table.

Doncaster are managed by former Posh midfielder and boss Grant McCann while Posh are managed by former Doncaster manager Darren Ferguson and first team coach Gavin Strachan. Doncaster also have former Posh fans favourite Tommy Rowe in their squad, although he is unlikely to feature. To add to the story, Darren is celebrating his 47th birthday on Saturday.


Posh welcome back central defender Ryan Tafazolli who has completed his three-match suspension. Lee Tomlin is unavailable as he serves a one-match ban. Daniel Lafferty and Siriki Dembele are both major doubts. Lafferty has a hamstring problem whereas Dembele has been sent for a second scan on a knee injury.

Doncaster have no fresh injury worries to contend with following their last fixture but Rowe is still on the sidelines. He has stepped his recovery from injury by featuring in a number of under 23 fixtures.


“Doncaster are a good club. They have some good people there and it is no surprise to me that they are challenging at the top end of the division. They have kept a lot of their players together for a long time. I am looking forward to the game. It is not going to determine the season by a long way, but it is a big game because of where the respective clubs are in the table,” Darren Ferguson said.


“I probably played my best football of my career under Darren when he came to Peterborough. And he had a huge part to play in my coaching as well, putting me in to coach the under 15s as part of the last contract that I signed at Peterborough. I’ve got nothing but respect for Darren and Gavin Strachan (the new Posh coach). It’s nice to see them back in football and I hope they do well for Peterborough - after Saturday,” Grant McCann said.


The game is not all-ticket and fans can purchase a ticket at the Keepmoat Stadium on the day of the game. Tickets are on sale until 1pm on Friday at the ABAX Stadium, via the Ticketmaster hotline 0844 847 1934 (calls cost 7ppm plus your network access fee) and online at

As of 2pm on Thursday, Posh had sold 1,376 tickets for the fixture.


The match referee is Carl Boyeson.


Posh will be in all blue for the game.

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Match Reports

Rovers Condemn Posh To Defeat

10-man Posh beaten by Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium.

9 February 2019

Tyler Denton is shown a red card against Doncaster Joe Dent /
Tyler Denton is shown a red card against Doncaster

Peterborough United lost defender Tyler Denton to a red card and Joe Ward to injury following a controversial 3-1 defeat to Doncaster Rovers.

Referee Carl Boyeson took centre stage again as Doncaster Rovers defeated Peterborough United 3-1 at the Keepmoat Stadium with the official dismissing Tyler Denton in the first half for two cautions and then failing to send Mallik Wilks off for a headbutt with the on-loan Leeds United forward going on to play a significant part in the second period.

Posh made a bright start and got their reward as on six minutes as George COOPER, given a start in the side by Darren Ferguson, collected a loose ball just inside the penalty area and curled a fine right-footed effort past goalkeeper Marosi and into the back of the net.


John Marquis wasted a golden chance to level on 17 minutes after a deep Wilks cross picked him out but the top scorer stabbed his shot wide of the target from eight yards. Posh got away with another one on 22 minutes as Denton inadvertently headed past his own goalkeeper, the ball striking the post before Wilks stabbed wide. 

Posh hit the crossbar on 28 minutes as a corner from Maddison was glanced on by Bennett at the near post. Denton was cautioned for time wasting on 34 minutes by referee Mr Boyeson. Conor O’Malley produced a fine stop with his legs to deny Wilks on 43 minutes after the on-loan Leeds man had tricked his way another Leeds loanee Denton.


It was a nightmare few minutes for Denton as moments later he was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Wilks on the near touchline. Three minutes of added time was indicated by the fourth official as Posh tried to reshuffle their pack. 

Incredibly Wilks then got away with a headbutt on Toney in stoppage time. The referee cautioned him. Crawford sent a shot well wide on 49 minutes as Doncaster tried to assert themselves in the second half with an extra man. 

O’Malley produced a good stop to divert a low shot from Marquis around the post on 50 minutes. Toney was then denied by a fine stop from Marosi after a wonderful cross from Ward picked out the striker at the back post.


Whiteman fired over from long-range on the half volley on 54 minutes after three brave Posh blocks following a Marquis header. Downing was cautioned for a foul on Toney as the hour mark approached. Just after the hour mark, Doncaster drew themselves level as a deep Andrew corner kick was bundled home, perhaps by White at the back post. 

The home side got themselves in front on 66 minutes, a Bennett sliced clearance caused a problem, Wilks raced through, rounded the keeper, his shot hit the crossbar, hit Naismith and rebounded oh so kindly for MARQUIS to lash the ball into the back of the net. 

Doncaster made it 3-1 in controversial circumstances on 74 minutes, O’Malley bowling the ball out of play because Ward was in need of treatment, but off the pitch. Doncaster knowing he was off the pitch took the throw in and SADLIER scored.

Doncaster: Marosi, Andrew, Wilks (sub Smith 77min), Whiteman, Marquis, Crawford, Anderson, Kane, Coppinger (sub Sadlier 70min), Downing, Lewis (sub Blair 59min). Unused subs: Jones, Butler, Rowe, May.


Posh: O’Malley, Naismith, Woodyard, White, Cooke (sub Reed 73min), Ward (sub Dempsey 77min), Bennett (sub Tafazolli 73min), Toney, Cooper, Maddison, Denton. Unused subs: Chapman, Godden, Stevens, Knight.

Half-time: Doncaster Rovers 0-1 Peterborough United
Full-time: Doncaster Rovers 3-1 Peterborough United
Attendance: 9,627 (1,760 Posh fans)

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