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Posh v Doncaster Rovers | Match Preview

A look ahead to the Boxing Day meeting with Doncaster Rovers.

24 December 2019

Posh host Doncaster Rovers at the Weston Homes Stadium on Boxing Day (3pm).

Peterborough United welcome Doncaster Rovers in Sky Bet League One action on Boxing Day (3pm) with Darren Moore’s men the first visitors to the Weston Homes Stadium after Christmas with Darren Ferguson’s men sitting in second place in the league table.

Posh picked up a creditable point at Bristol Rovers last time out while Rovers, who sit in mid-table but have games in hand on the teams above them, were held to a 1-1 draw by Accrington Stanley at the Keepmoat Stadium.

TEAM NEWS

Posh still have a considerable injury list with Idris Kanu, Josh Knight, Siriki Denbele, Nathan Thompson and Mark Beevers on the sidelines, although the latter has been rated as ‘touch and go’ following a medical assessment this week.

George Boyd and Frazer Blake-Tracy were due to return to training this week and could feature, while the Posh boss admitted one or two others have knocks and niggles.

Doncaster are expected to make changes to their line-up with three games in six days on the horizon, but former Posh midfielders Jon Taylor and Kieran Sadlier should start. Both were excellent in a comfortable win for Rovers earlier in the season with Sadlier on target.

FROM THE GAFFER

“Doncaster keep the ball very well, they are a dangerous team to play against. They are in a bit of a false position in the table because they have games in hand. They have good players, who can hurt you, but so do we. We are at home, we have been good at home but we know that we will need to play well to win the game,” Ferguson said.

FROM THE OPPOSITION

“We’ll come in on Christmas Day and work as normal. Is there a right or wrong way to do it? It’s each to their own. It’s important that we try to max out everything for the season ahead. Why you don’t look long term, we’ve got a game the next day and at any other time of the year you’re training. Just because it’s Christmas Day, as lovely as the day is, we’ll be in to work to prepare for the game on Boxing Day,” Darren Moore said.

TICKET INFORMATION

Doncaster have sold just over 500 tickets in advance of the game. Tickets for Posh fans 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 Weston Homes Stadium Box Office, which is open from 10am on Boxing Day.

FAN ZONE

The fan zone will be open from 1pm, weather permitting. The first time fans initiative will be in operation with new fans able to contact phil@theposh.com for further information. Peter’s Burrow will also be open in the concourse of the BGL South Stand.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

The match referee is David Rock.

TWO MINUTE’S APPLAUSE

There will be a two-minute applause ahead of kick-off to recognise those supporters, sponsors and club personnel who have sadly died in the calendar year with the names/photos appearing on the big screen.

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Match Reports

Posh Beaten On Boxing Day By Rovers

Posh suffer only second home defeat of the campaign.

26 December 2019

Ivan Toney in action against Doncaster Rovers Joe Dent / theposh.com
Ivan Toney in action against Doncaster Rovers

Doncaster Rovers condemn Posh to only second home league defeat of the campaign with comfortable display against out of sorts United.

Peterborough United suffered a 3-0 defeat to Doncaster Rovers at the Weston Homes Stadium as Boxing Day marked only the second home Sky Bet League One loss of the campaign as Darren Moore came out on top against Darren Ferguson.

Marcus Maddison was a whisker away from the breakthrough inside the opening two minutes after the visitors gave away possession in a dangerous area, the winger placing his left-foot shot just past the post.

Taylor fired wide of the near post on 13 minutes after a first spell of pressure from the visitors with the ex-Posh winger at the heart of it. The visitors got their noses in front on 17 minutes as a low long-range effort from SADLIER found the bottom corner.

Dieng was well placed to keep out an effort from Toney on the stretch after a clever pass from Reed. Toney was cautioned for an elbow by the referee on 42 minutes following an aerial challenge with Ben Whiteman also going to the book for his reaction.

Woodyard also received a yellow card, presumably for his part in the incident that followed. Toney planted a header wide from a Woodyard cross moments later. Posh had appeals for a spot-kick for handball turned down on 50 minutes as the ball appeared to strike the arm of Anderson in the box.

Posh were desperately close to a leveller on 56 minutes as a Maddison corner was headed back across goal by Toney only for Sheaf to head off the line. Pym produced a superb stop to keep out Sadlier at the near post but from the resulting corner, SADLIER converted at the near post to give Rovers a 2-0 lead.

Darren Ferguson responded with a double change, George Boyd and Ricky-Jade Jones introduced with just over 30 minutes of the match remaining. Woodyard drilled a shot wide of the target from an intelligent Boyd cross on 64 minutes.

Reed saw a free-kick blocked and his follow-up effort held by Dieng after Jones did well to win the set-piece with a piece of skill to beat his man. Substitute James was booked for tripping Maddison on 73 minutes after he did well to ghost into space.

Maddison fired a free-kick over the crossbar from the resulting free-kick with Dieng booked moments after for time-wasting. The visitors grabbed a third on the counter attack as skipper Ben WHITEMAN curled into the back of the net following a swift counter-attack.

Dieng produced a fine save in stoppage time to keep out a Toney header as Posh were even denied a consolation goal.

Posh: Pym, Butler, Woodyard, Kent, Eisa (sub Jones 63min), Maddison, Reed, Bennett (sub Blake-Tracy 78min), Toney, Ward (sub Boyd 63min), Mason. Unused subs: O’Malley, Cartwright, Barker, Burrows,

Doncaster: Dieng, Halliday, Anderson, Wright, Sheaf (sub Coppinger 82min), Sadlier, Whiteman, Taylor (sub James 69min), Gomes, Ennis (sub Thomas 83min), John. Unused subs: Lawlor, May, Greaves, Daniels, Thomas.

Half-time: Peterborough United 0-1 Doncaster Rovers
Full-time: Peterborough United 0-3 Doncaster Rovers
Attendance: 6,786 (737 Doncaster fans)

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