Peterborough saw off League One newcomers Rochdale to make a winning start to the campaign thanks to Kyle Vassell's second-half goal.

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing saw a 20-yard curling shot pushed over by Rochdale keeper Josh Lillis.

Just after the hour Conor Washington teed up Vassell for a simple finish from six yards out.

George Donnelly had Rochdale's best chance of the second half but struck well wide when one-on-one.

Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

Hill on Rochdale v Posh

"I'm really encouraged by the performance, but the bottom line says we got beat 1-0.

"We've stood up to the test, we were competitive and creative, and I thought we played really well against good opposition.

"I was happy that we stood up to that challenge, but I don't want us to be labelled as a good side who lose football matches. It's important we win football matches. I thought we deserved at least a point."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Rochdale

  • 01 Lillis
  • 17 Tanser
  • 25 Rose
  • 02 Rafferty (Bunney - 78' )
  • 06 Lancashire Booked
  • 24 Allen (Vincenti - 65' )
  • 16 Done
  • 08 Lund
  • 03 Bennett
  • 19 Donnelly (Andrew - 64' )
  • 40 Henderson

Substitutes

  • 05 Eastham
  • 07 Vincenti
  • 09 Andrew
  • 14 Héry
  • 21 Musangu
  • 26 Logan
  • 39 Bunney

Peterborough United

  • 27 Alnwick
  • 05 Baldwin
  • 03 Ntlhe
  • 06 Bostwick
  • 25 Zakuani
  • 08 Payne
  • 19 Mendez-Laing (Ferdinand - 84' )
  • 15 Anderson
  • 07 Taylor (McEvoy - 65' )
  • 14 Washington
  • 12 Vassell (Barnett - 80' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Smith
  • 11 McCann
  • 13 Day
  • 18 Ferdinand
  • 20 McEvoy
  • 22 Almeida Santos
  • 23 Barnett
Ref: Geoff Eltringham
Att: 3,613

Match Stats

Shots

13 8

On target

5 4

Corners

7 5

Fouls

8 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Rochdale 0, Peterborough United 1.

90:00 +8:05 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Rochdale 0, Peterborough United 1.

90:00 +7:46

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Jack Baldwin.

90:00 +7:37

Attempt blocked. Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) header from the left side of the box is blocked.

90:00 +5:12

Attempt missed. Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

90:00 +4:18

Foul by Matthew Lund (Rochdale).

90:00 +4:18

Jack Payne (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +3:39

Attempt saved. Tyrone Barnett (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

90:00 +3:25

Attempt blocked. Joe Bunney (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

90:00 +2:29

Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +2:29

Foul by Kgosi Ntlhe (Peterborough United).

90:00 +1:32

Matt Done (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +1:32

Foul by Jermaine Anderson (Peterborough United).

90:00 +1:17 Booking

Booking Oliver Lancashire (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +1:02

Foul by Oliver Lancashire (Rochdale).

90:00 +1:02

Jermaine Anderson (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:50

Delay in match Kgosi Ntlhe (Peterborough United) because of an injury.

87:00

Foul by Calvin Andrew (Rochdale).

87:00

Jack Baldwin (Peterborough United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

85:50

Attempt missed. Kenneth McEvoy (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

84:15

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

84:14

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

83:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Peterborough United. Kane Ferdinand replaces Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.

83:33

Delay in match Gabriel Zakuani (Peterborough United) because of an injury.

79:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Peterborough United. Tyrone Barnett replaces Kyle Vassell.

79:15

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Gabriel Zakuani.

78:15

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Kgosi Ntlhe.

77:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rochdale. Joe Bunney replaces Joseph Rafferty.

76:54

Attempt saved. Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

76:23

Hand ball by Kyle Vassell (Peterborough United).

72:26

Kenneth McEvoy (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

72:26

Foul by Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale).

68:49

Delay in match Jack Baldwin (Peterborough United) because of an injury.

67:06

Attempt missed. Matthew Lund (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

66:32

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Rhys Bennett.

64:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Peterborough United. Kenneth McEvoy replaces Jon Taylor because of an injury.

64:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rochdale. Peter Vincenti replaces Jamie Allen.

63:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rochdale. Calvin Andrew replaces George Donnelly.

60:32 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Rochdale 0, Peterborough United 1. Kyle Vassell (Peterborough United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Conor Washington.

60:08

Foul by Michael Rose (Rochdale).

60:08

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:50

Attempt missed. George Donnelly (Rochdale) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

51:47

Delay in match Jon Taylor (Peterborough United) because of an injury.

47:58

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Scott Tanser.

45:00

Second Half begins Rochdale 0, Peterborough United 0.

45:00 +1:57 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Rochdale 0, Peterborough United 0.

41:57

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

41:56

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

41:23

Delay in match Scott Tanser (Rochdale) because of an injury.

40:10

Foul by Kyle Vassell (Peterborough United).

40:10

Rhys Bennett (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

39:14

Attempt missed. Matthew Lund (Rochdale) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

38:49

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Jack Baldwin.

36:23

Foul by George Donnelly (Rochdale).

36:23

Jack Baldwin (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:58

Attempt saved. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

32:11

Attempt saved. Jon Taylor (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

31:06

Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31:06

Foul by Kyle Vassell (Peterborough United).

29:59

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Jermaine Anderson.

27:55

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Gabriel Zakuani.

26:39

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Oliver Lancashire.

24:08

Delay in match Kgosi Ntlhe (Peterborough United) because of an injury.

23:34

Attempt missed. Michael Rose (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

19:28

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Ben Alnwick.

19:14

Attempt saved. Rhys Bennett (Rochdale) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

18:25

Foul by Michael Bostwick (Peterborough United).

18:25

Michael Rose (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

16:19

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Peterborough United) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

15:43

Attempt blocked. Kyle Vassell (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

14:51

Attempt missed. Rhys Bennett (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

14:19

Foul by Jermaine Anderson (Peterborough United).

14:19

Rhys Bennett (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

12:37

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Josh Lillis.

12:16

Attempt saved. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

10:43

Foul by Jack Baldwin (Peterborough United).

10:43

Jamie Allen (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

9:39

Attempt saved. Matthew Lund (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

9:00

Attempt missed. Kyle Vassell (Peterborough United) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

8:21

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Joseph Rafferty.

5:17

Kyle Vassell (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:17

Foul by Matthew Lund (Rochdale).

4:27

Attempt saved. Ian Henderson (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

3:19

Foul by Kyle Vassell (Peterborough United).

3:19

Michael Rose (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

0:29

Conor Washington (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:29

Foul by Oliver Lancashire (Rochdale).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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