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Posh v Rochdale | Match Preview

Posh host Rochdale at the Weston Homes Stadium on Saturday.

10 December 2020

Rochdale are the visitors to the Weston Homes Stadium on Saturday afternoon (3pm).

Peterborough United welcome Rochdale to the Weston Homes Stadium in Sky Bet League One action on Saturday afternoon (3pm) with Darren Ferguson’s men looking to build on the positive performance against West Ham United under 21s in the second round of the Papa John’s Trophy on Tuesday evening.

Dale arrive with a decent away record, which included an emphatic 4-0 victory at Home Park against Plymouth Argyle. Ivan Toney was among the goal-scorers the last time the two sides met at the Weston Homes Stadium; Posh running out comfortable 6-0 winners.


Dan Butler (calf) is unavailable for this fixture but is making good progress in his recovery while Ricky-Jade Jones is ahead of schedule and could feature before Christmas. Joe Ward (knee) will be out until the 29th December with the Charlton fixture pencilled in for his return.

Stephen Humphrys is expected to lead the line for Dale despite being substituted in the weekend defeat to Lincoln City. The former Southend United front man is a talented performer at this level while Ollie Rathbone is sure to be a threat after a decent start to the campaign.


“Rochdale showed in their win at Plymouth that they can be a difficult team to play against. Not many people go to Plymouth and win let alone win 4-0. They keep possession well, you have to be organised both in and out of possession against them, but Saturday is all about what we do and hopefully we can take the positives from this week into the game. We know that we have had a dip in results and we need to put that right. It was great having fans back on Tuesday and it will be great to see some more of them on Saturday.

“The supporters can really make a difference. They gave us an energy on Tuesday evening and hopefully that will be the case again. Sometimes less can be more in terms of numbers, I am sure those in attendance will be loud and vocal and back the players and help them through,” Darren Ferguson said.


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Clarke-Harris Bags Hat-Trick In Emphatic Win

Jonson Clarke-Harris netted a hat-trick in a 4-1 win over Rochdale.

12 December 2020

Jonson Clarke-Harris celebrates scoring against Rochdale Joe Dent /
Jonson Clarke-Harris celebrates scoring against Rochdale

Striker Jonson Clarke-Harris took his season tally to 11 after a hat-trick in a 4-1 victory over Rochdale.

Rochdale will be sick of the sight of the Weston Homes Stadium. Last term they were beaten 6-0 with Ivan Toney netting a hat-trick and this season, they leave empty handed again as a Jonson Clarke-Harris treble helped Darren Ferguson’s men record a 4-1 victory.

Reece Brown cracked a superb left-footed effort onto the post as Posh made a lively start to proceedings at the Weston Homes Stadium. Posh broke the deadlock from the spot on four minutes after Idris Kanu was upended in the box, Jonson CLARKE-HARRIS coolly sending keeper Jay Lynch the wrong way from the spot.

The visitors levelled two minutes later, a dink into the box was met by HUMPHRYS who squeezed a shot past Pym at the back post. However, Posh restored their advantage on 10 minutes as a teasing cross from Harrison Burrows was headed past Lynch by CLARKE-HARRIS for his second of the contest.

Brown dragged a left-foot shot wide of the target after good work from Dembele as Posh pressed for a third goal in an incredibly open start to the League One fixture. Posh made it 3-1 on 22 minutes and it was a hat-trick for CLARKE-HARRIS as he fired home from close-range after Beevers saw a shot blocked.

Skipper Beevers was cautioned for a foul on the near touchline by referee Brett Huxtable on 35 minutes. On 40 minutes, Posh made it 4-1 as a Flynn Clarke corner kick was headed home at the near post by Nathan THOMPSON.

In first half stoppage time, Thompson picked up a fifth caution of the campaign with a foul on Morley. Kanu fired wide of the near post after good work from Dembele in a tight spot as Posh tried to get a fifth early in the second half.

Clarke had a chance to get his name on the score-sheet on 49 minutes after good work from Brown and Kanu to create an opportunity for the 17-year-old, but he lifted his shot over the crossbar. Lund fired well over the top at the other end on 52 minutes after the midfielder was afforded a little space to get the ball out of his feet and let fly.

Darren Ferguson made a change on the hour mark with Mo Eisa replacing Dembele and moments later Sammie Szmodics replaced Clarke. Eisa was denied a third goal in the week by a smart stop from Lynch on 67 minutes. He keeper was called upon again moments later to keep out a fierce close-range strike from Clarke-Harris after Burrows’ initial effort was blocked.

Clarke-Harris missed another good opportunity seconds later, a low cross from Burrows side-footed wide by the front man. Szmodics swept a shot over with his left-foot after a good pull-back from Burrows on 73 minutes as again a chance went begging for a fifth goal.

Posh: Pym, Thompson, Beevers (sub Mason 81min), Kent, Thompson, Burrows, Kanu, Taylor, Brown (sub Reed 81min), Clarke (sub Szmodics 66min), Dembele (sub Eisa 60min), Clarke-Harris (sub Broom 81min). Unused subs: Gyollai, Edwards.

Rochdale: Lynch, Bola (sub McNulty 71min), O’Connell, Dooley (sub Tavares 87min), Morley (sub Brieley 87min), Humphrys, Newby (sub Done 83min), Roberts, Ryan, Lund, Keohane. Unused subs: Charlton, McShane, Baah.

Half-time: Peterborough United 4-1 Rochdale
Full-time: Peterborough United 4-1 Rochdale
Brett Huxtable

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