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Posh v Rochdale | Match Preview

We look forward to Saturday’s clash with Rochdale at the ABAX Stadium.

11 January 2019

Rochdale, who signed two players to bolster their squad on Friday afternoon, are the opponents for Posh this weekend.

Peterborough United return to Sky Bet League One action on Saturday with a visit from Rochdale (3pm) knowing that a victory could launch them back into the top six of the league table.

Steve Evan’s men recorded a comfortable 3-1 success over Chelsea under 21s at Stamford Bridge in the Checkatrade Trophy on Wednesday evening and the Posh boss has options in terms of team selection with three players returning to the squad.

TEAM NEWS

Midfielder Alex Woodyard returns to the squad after missing the victory at Stamford Bridge while defender Ben White and fellow new signing Kyle Dempsey are also available after missing the midweek win as they were ineligible.

Defender Seb Bassong has been allowed time to talk to a new club as he nears the end of his short-term deal with the football club. No player is currently troubling the club’s medical team ahead of the clash with Dale.

Rochdale have strengthened their squad with the arrival of powerful defender Ethan Ebanks-Landell from Wolverhampton Wanderers in a short term loan deal. Keith Hill has also brought in Manchester United youngster Ethan Hamilton to bolster their squad. He is a versatile performer who can operate in midfield or defence.

Former Posh midfielder Brad Inman is set to feature while another ex-Posh player, Kgosi Ntlhe is on the books at the Crown Oil Arena.

FROM THE GAFFER

“We will be focussing on how we can impose our game on our opponents. We may tweak the formation, we have been looking at that in terms of potentially getting two strikers onto the pitch, but we need to take the positives from the midweek display in the second half in particular. In fact if we could marry the first half at Middlesbrough and the second half at Chelsea then we would be delighted.”

STAT ATTACK

Rochdale's Ian Henderson has been directly involved in more goals (18 - 13 goals, five assists) than any other player in League One 2018-19. Posh front man Ivan Toney scored more goals in December in all competitions (10) than anyone else. Toney was named the Sky Bet League One Player of the Month for December on Friday.

TICKET NEWS

This fixture is a Category ‘B’ fixture and tickets are available now 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 match referee is Darren Drysdale.

FAN ZONE

The Salvation Army will be performing in the fan zone prior to kick-off with the inflatables and the Smyth’s Toys Game Stations also available for supporters to play FIFA19 on.

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Tomlin On Target In Posh Victory

Three points for Posh after home success over Rochdale.

12 January 2019

Lee Tomlin celebrate scoring his goal against Rochdale Joe Dent / theposh.com
Lee Tomlin celebrate scoring his goal against Rochdale

Lee Tomlin opened his account for Posh as Steve Evan’s men recorded a 2-1 victory over Rochdale.

Lee Tomlin celebrated his 30th birthday in style with his goal on his second league debut for the football club and a despite a few nervy moments towards the end of the 90 minutes, Peterborough United deserved the three points following an entertaining, attacking display at the ABAX Stadium.

Kyle Dempsey saw an early effort cleared off the line as Posh made a bright start to the contest at the ABAX Stadium. Matty Done scrambled a left-footed effort wide of the far post on seven minutes after timing his run into the box to perfection.

Posh opened the scoring on 21 minutes and it was a deserved lead and perhaps no surprise on the scorer, Lee TOMLIN curling home with his right-foot to cap and impressive opening salvo from the on-loan Cardiff City man.

Lillis produced a stunning save to deny Dempsey as the on-loan midfielder let fly with his left-foot, moments after Tomlin’s shot was blocked after an intelligent cut back from Lafferty. Tafazolli squandered a great chance to double the lead on 34 minutes from an inch-perfect Maddison centre, the towering defender planting his header wide of the target.

Done was cautioned for a needless foul on Maddison in the centre circle on 37 minutes by referee Darren Drysdale. Rochdale made a double change at the interval with Calvin Andrew and Ethan Ebanks-Landell introduced from the bench in place of Delaney and Williams.

Dooley sent a powerful drive over the bar on 47 minutes as the visitors started the second half brightly. Toney scuffed a shot wide of the near post moments later after a good burst from midfield by Callum Cooke.

Camps volleyed wide from a throw-in at the other end after Cooke failed to go with his man following the ball into the area. Hamilton was then booked for a trip on Maddison. Tomlin then picked out Toney with a wonderful delivery into the box, but his header drifted inches past the post.

Maddison saw a wonderful run and effort crack against the base of the post on 58 minutes before Cooke saw a fine curling effort from 25-yards tipped around the post by Lillis. Posh made a change on 69 minutes with George Cooper replacing the goal-scorer and birthday boy Tomlin.

Toney was a whisker away from converting a clever Maddison cross before the winger chipped over from long-range after a strong run. Chapman produced a vital save to deny substitute Brad Inman on 78 minutes as the visitors came close to a leveller.

Chapman then produced two fine saves, one to push a Holden effort around the post and then to keep out a stunning volley from Camps. Posh doubled the lead on 83 minutes as substitute George COOPER finished off a swift counter-attack led by Maddison who timed his pass to perfection.

Rochdale pulled a goal back on 89 minutes and it was a stunning debut goal from on-loan Manchester United midfielder Ethan HAMILTON who saw his 30-yard drive fly into the corner.

Posh: Chapman, Naismith, Tafazolli, Dembele, Cooke, Ward (sub White 87min), Toney, Lafferty, Maddison, Tomlin (sub Cooper 69min), Dempsey (sub Woodyard 79min). Unused subs: O’Malley, Godden, Reed, Stevens.

Rochdale: Lillis, Rafferty, McNulty, Delaney (sub Andrew 46min), Dooley (sub Inman 77min), MJ Williams (sub Ebanks-Landell 46min), Camps, Done, Holden, Hamilton, Henderson. Unused subs: Norman, Ntlhe, Wilbraham, Adshead.

Half-time: Peterborough United 1-0 Rochdale
Full-time: Peterborough United 2-1 Rochdale
Attendance: 6,025 (128 Rochdale fans)

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