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Match Preview | Rochdale v Posh

A look ahead to Saturday's game at Rochdale.

24 November 2017

Gwion Edwards will miss Saturday's game with Rochdale due to suspension.

Peterborough United travel to the Crown Oil Stadium to face Rochdale in Sky Bet League One action on Saturday afternoon (3pm) looking to build on the 2-1 success over Portsmouth at the ABAX Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Jack Marriott took his tally to 13 for the season with a close-range strike from a wonderful Marcus Maddison cross and the latter put in another devilish delivery to secure the points, Pompey’s Matt Clarke flicking the ball past his own keeper Luke McGee.

Rochdale have been inconsistent for the majority of this season but are excellent on their own patch and will prove difficult opponents for Posh as they go in search of back to back League One wins to keep up the pressure on the top seven.

TEAM NEWS

Posh are without the services of Gwion Edwards who is serving a one-match ban after picking up his fifth booking of the season in midweek. Junior Morias (thigh) and Liam Shephard (groin) are ruled out while Ricky Miller is expected to be named on the bench.

Rochdale forward Matthew Gillam will be hopeful of retaining his place in the starting XI for Saturday's game. Academy graduate Gillam marked his maiden league start on Tuesday with the opening goal in the match against Charlton. Keith Keane remains sidelined as the midfielder continues his recovery from surgery. Dale, who suffered a second successive defeat as they were beaten 2-1, have won only one of their last nine league games. Brad Inman cannot play against his parent club due to the terms of the loan agreement.

FROM THE POSH CAMP

“Rochdale are a good side, they have a good management team who will have them well organised and it will be another tough game for us. We are striving as a group to improve in everything that we do. We will play well together and perform averagely together, and there have been examples of both of those levels this season,” Posh assistant manager David Oldfield said.

FROM THE OPPOSITION

“They’re very creative. They are a very spontaneous, skilful side, and they’ve always been that way. The way they have done things under Darragh MacAnthony and Barry Fry, a succession of managers have all tried to produce the same type of football, and they’ve been very successful doing it. They’ve also been very good at selling players, and they’ve been very successful in getting promoted from League Two all the way through to the Championship and they’re trying to do that again. They invest in youthful players and they’ve got a good model,” Rochdale boss Keith Hill said.

TICKET NEWS

Posh fans can pay on the day at the stadium. Just over 200 have been sold in advance.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

Saturday’s referee is Martin Coy.


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