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21 September 2019 Venue The Keepmoat Stadium Attendance

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Doncaster v Posh | Match Preview

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

20 September 2019

Posh head to the Keepmoat Stadium to face Doncaster Rovers on Saturday.

Peterborough United travel to the Keepmoat Stadium to face Darren Moore’s Doncaster Rovers in Sky Bet League One action on Saturday afternoon (3pm) looking to extend the current unbeaten run, which stands at six in all competitions following the 2-2 draw at Tranmere Rovers on Tuesday night at Prenton Park.

Rovers lost their unbeaten run on Tuesday as they were beaten by a last gasp goal from Blackpool at the Keepmoat. There have been lots of changes in personnel since last season’s controversial clash between the two sides which ended in a 3-1 defeat for Posh.

Doncaster were then managed by Grant McCann but following his departure to Hull City, Moore has taken the helm and has made a good start to life at the club.

TEAM NEWS

Posh welcome back Frazer Blake-Tracy to the squad after a few weeks out with a muscle injury. George Boyd could also return after missing the last two games with a slight hamstring injury.

Doncaster have been scouring the free transfer market as they look to boost their attacking options following the departures of Malik Wilks and John Marquis in the summer. Tommy Rowe also departed the Keepmoat so only Kieran Sadlier remains in terms of players with a foot in the Posh camp from the past.

FROM THE GAFFER

“I know a number of the Doncaster players from my time there, but there has been a lot of changes at both clubs, even since last season’s meeting between the two sides. It is a good pitch, will be a technical game because they like to play between the thirds and they have a resilient streak because they don’t concede many goals. They keep going, score a lot of late goals and up until Tuesday night were unbeaten,” Darren Ferguson said.

FROM THE OPPOSITION

“It’s a game we’ll look forward to but it’s a game we’ll have to be at our absolute best to come away with a result. Peterborough have had a great start to the season, they’re scoring goals and have a lot of good attacking players. They also have a lot of players that know their way around this league so it bodes well for another exciting game between two teams who like to play on the front foot. You put all those ingredients in the melting pot and it’ll produce a good game at the Keepmoat Stadium,” Darren Moore said.

TICKET NEWS

Tickets will be 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 Ticket Office until 3pm on Friday. At 9am on Friday, Posh had sold 1,275 tickets. The game is not all-ticket and there is no price rise on the day.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

The match referee is Ross Joyce.

 

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Match Reports

Posh Beaten By First Half Double

First defeat in seven for Posh.

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Siriki Dembele in action against Doncaster Rovers Joe Dent / theposh.com
Siriki Dembele in action against Doncaster Rovers

Posh hit woodwork three times, but beaten at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Peterborough United suffered a first defeat in seven in all competitions as Doncaster Rovers condemned Darren Ferguson’s men to a 2-0 defeat at the Keapmoat Stadium with first half goals from James Coppinger and Kieran Sadlier doing the damage.

Experienced midfielder James Coppinger wasted a golden chance to give the hosts the lead inside the opening three minutes after a forceful run down the left from Jon Taylor, but his stabbed effort goalwards was routine for keeper Christy Pym.

Taylor was a whisker away from the breakthrough on 11 minutes following a stunning strike from distance after cutting inside onto his right-foot. On the quarter mark, Posh struck the woodwork twice in 10 seconds as a driven pass from Maddison picked out the onrushing Toney, his looping header cracked against the bar and the rebound on the stretch was diverted onto the same bar from the fingertips of keeper Seny Dieng.

Toney was close again moments later after Maddison won the ball in the centre circle, the striker opening his body up to attempt to curl into the bottom corner, it rolled inches wide of the target. The deadlock was broken on the half hour mark as a right-wing centre was glanced home at the near post by the experienced COPPINGER.

Pym made a good save down to his left to keep out a toe-poked effort from Taylor as Doncaster continued to press with Posh looking a little jaded. The home side took advantage of that tiredness by adding a second on 39 minutes as SADLIER raced away and rolled the ball past Pym and into the bottom corner.

Ennis was cautioned for a foul on Kent on 40 minutes, a challenge that left the Posh man needing extensive treatment. Three minutes of added time was indicated by the fourth official but Posh couldn’t get a goal back before the break.

Posh made a double change at the break with Nathan Thompson and Siriki Dembele introduced for Joe Ward and Dan Butler. Coppinger saw a shot on the turn go wide of the far post on 49 minutes before Sheaf had a similar effort which went wide.

Knight fired wide with his right-foot on 56 minutes after a patient Posh build-up in and around the box while at the other end, Halliday flashed a shot inches past the post with Pym at full stretch. Taylor was then inches away from a third as Doncaster caught Posh on the counter attack with open spaces inevitable as Posh pushed forward.

Maddison was denied by Dieng from a set-piece on 76 minutes after Toney was felled by Anderson. Maddison curled over from distance after good work from substitute Kanu as the game entered the final stages. Posh had the ball in the net on 87 minutes as Toney headed home a Maddison cross but the top scorer headed home from an offside position.

Whiteman hit the post in stoppage time on the break as Posh, down to 10 with Thompson incapacitated broke at pace. Posh hit the woodwork again in stoppage time as Maddison’s effort beat the keeper but rebounded off the woodwork.

Doncaster: Dieng, Halliday, James, Anderson, Sheaf, Sadlier (sub May 80min), Whiteman, Taylor (sub Gomes 86min), Coppinger (sub Daniels 86min), Ennis, John. Unused subs: Lawlor, Blaney, Longbottom, Kiowomya,

Posh: Pym, Butler (sub Thompson 46min), Beevers, Kent, Eisa, Knight, Maddison, Reed, Toney, Ward (sub Dembele 46min), Mason (sub Kanu 68min). Unused subs: O’Malley, Bennett, Tasdemir, Burrows, Kanu.

Half-time: Doncaster Rovers 2-0 Peterborough United
Full-time: Doncaster Rovers 2-0 Peterborough United
Attendance
: 8,940 (1,767 Posh fans)

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