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Posh v Rotherham | Match Preview

A look ahead to Saturday’s clash with league leaders Rotherham United.

23 January 2020

Posh host league leaders Rotherham United at the Weston Homes Stadium on Saturday afternoon (3pm).

Peterborough United welcome Sky Bet League One leaders Rotherham United to the Weston Homes Stadium on Saturday afternoon (3pm) looking to build on Tuesday night’s emphatic 4-0 win over the side that sit just behind the Millers in the league table, Wycombe Wanderers.

The Millers have been on the charge within the last month with a 4-0 victory over Posh at the New York Stadium among their notable scalps. They arrive the most in-form team in the division and will be backed by a large travelling support.

They dispatched Bristol Rovers 3-0 last time out and have bolstered their options by recalling 13-goal front man Jerry Yates from a loan spell at League Two side Swindon Town.


Posh welcome back on-loan midfielder Josh Knight from a long injury lay-off. The Leicester City youngster played an instrumental part in the club’s early success this season but has not featured since a 1-0 defeat at Shrewsbury Town back in November 2019.

Idris Kanu and goalkeeper Conor O’Malley are the only two injury absentees but manager Darren Ferguson confirmed he will check on the fitness of Nathan Thompson who returned to the starting line-up after a while out on Tuesday evening.

Rotherham have one or two knocks and bruises ahead of the trip with only Clark Robertson and Joe Mattock troubling the physio, the latter with a back problem. Kyle Vassell is in fine form and will lead the line for the club.


“Rotherham are a side that I believe you can tell are a former Championship side. They are strong in all areas from a physical point of view. They were far better than us when we faced them just after Christmas. They have pace and power and I thought that they would be there or thereabouts when it came to promotion this season. We have options in selection and we will have a look at that carefully ahead of the weekend. We knew the challenge this week with games against the top two but it is fair to say that we will need to improve our levels again on Saturday,” Darren Ferguson said.


"In fairness, I think when we played them, they were above us. It just shows you how different runs can change the league table. I am sure that they will have had an eye on the game coming up thinking 'we need to get our own back’. That is understandable because it would be the same for us as well. They have some very good players.

"We watched them on Tuesday night and we've tried to get as much information as we can and then we'll go and try and do the best that we can on the road on Saturday, in front of a good following. You know what you're going to get, all technically gifted players and they can all play. They like to have possession. They have two of the top scorers in the league. There's going to be goals one way or the other, so hopefully they're in the right end,” Rotherham assistant manager Richie Barker said.


Tickets are available at, via the Ticketmaster hotline 0844 847 1934 (Calls cost 7ppm plus your network access fee) and in person at the Weston Homes Stadium Ticket Office. Rotherham have already sold over 1,000 tickets for the game.


The fan zone (weather permitting) will be open from 1pm with plenty of fun for all the family including the usual inflatables. We also welcome three-time World Freestyle Football record holder Ben Nuttall to the Weston Homes Stadium. Ben is a world-renowned professional football freestyler and will be in the fan zone ahead of kick-off. Check out Ben’s website at


At half-time, the successful under 18 squad will parade their Youth Alliance League trophy around the pitch. Matthew Etherington’s men secured the title last week with a 4-1 success at Barnet becoming the first Posh youth team to win the league in recent history.


Scott Oldham is today’s referee.

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Battling Posh Defeat League Leaders

The top two in League One have been beaten by Posh this week as Ferguson’s men clinch victory over Rotherham.

25 January 2020

Sammie Szmodics celebrates scoring his goal with team-mates Joe Dent /
Sammie Szmodics celebrates scoring his goal with team-mates

The league leaders followed second placed Wycombe to the Weston Homes Stadium and were also beaten in a barnstorming encounter.

Peterborough United followed up the 4-0 win over second placed Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday night with a performance full of heart, desire, commitment and excellent football as league leaders Rotherham United were beaten 2-1 at the Weston Homes Stadium.

Posh opened the scoring inside the opening two minutes and it was a wonderfully quick counter attack, Brown’s clearance found Dembele, he took a superb first touch, dashed past his man and his cross found Ivan TONEY and from a tight angle, he made no mistake with his right-foot.

Taylor fizzed a free-kick over the bar on 17 minutes after Dembele was felled following a towering header from Toney. Posh doubled the lead on 23 minutes and you will do well to see a better team goal than what Darren Ferguson’s men put together, one-touch football, a superb assist from Dan Butler and a cool finish from Sammie SZMODICS for his first Posh goal.

Pym did well to tip over a fierce effort from Adelakun on 34 minutes but from the resulting set-piece, the Millers halved the deficit as IHEKWE fired home on his right-foot on the volley. Kent headed wide from a corner kick while Butler did well to block an Ogbene effort before referee Mr Oldham brought an end to the first half.

Wiles was cautioned for a foul on Dembele on 48 minutes by the referee. Iversen produced a superb stop to keep out a diving Toney header on 51 minutes as Posh came close to a third goal. The assistant referee on this near side was then unable to continue so fourth official Mr Cooper took charge of the flag.

Szmodics was cautioned for a foul on 63 minutes. Josh Knight replaced Brown in midfield on 68 minutes as Darren Ferguson made his first change. Dembele showed brilliant skill to lift the ball over a defender moments later, but his left-foot shot went wide of the target.

Pym produced a fantastic save diving to his right to keep out a towering Smith header on 72 minutes before Thompson needed lengthy treatment for a head injury. Szmodics fired over at the near post from a Jones cut-back two minutes into injury time.

Eight minutes of added time saw the Posh players dig in for the cause, throwing their bodies on the line, helped by the supporters, who could see the effort that was being displayed. Finally, the referee brought an end to proceedings and Posh had chalked up their second win of the week against the top two.

Posh: Pym, Butler, Kent, Beevers, Thompson, Taylor, Brown (sub Knight 68min), Ward (sub Bennett 90min), Szmodics, Dembele (sub Jones 82min), Toney. Unused subs: Chapman, Boyd, Mason, Eisa.

Rotherham: Iversen, Mattock, Wood, Wiles (sub Yates 90min), Ladapo, Barlaser, Adelakun (sub Lamy 82min), Ogbene, Ihewkwe, Olosunde (sub MacDonald 90min), Smith. Unused subs: Bilboe, Lindsay, Clarke, Hastie.

Half-time: Peterborough United 2-1 Rotherham United
Full-time: Peterborough United 2-1 Rotherham United
Attendance: 7,495 (1,476 Rotherham fans)

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