League One
Peterborough2Rochdale1

Peterborough United 2-1 Rochdale

Lee Tomlin celebrated his 30th birthday by setting Peterborough on the way to victory against Rochdale.

Recent loan signing Tomlin struck in the 23rd minute of his second Posh league debut with a sublime curling strike from the edge of the box.

Peterborough dominated in a first half which saw fellow league debutant Daniel Lafferty's shot cleared off the line before an unmarked Ryan Tafazolli fluffed a free header.

But Rochdale posed more of an attacking threat in the second half as they were denied by a series of magnificent late saves from Aaron Chapman.

The Posh keeper twice saved from Dale substitute Brad Inman before spectacularly keeping out a thumping Jim McNulty strike at the second attempt.

And those contributions proved crucial as the home side doubled their lead when substitute George Cooper guided in a smart finish from a Marcus Maddison pass.

Chapman was powerless to prevent Manchester United youngster Ethan Hamilton marking his Dale debut with a long-range consolation in the 90th minute, but Posh held on in a nervy finish to climb back into the play-off places.

Match report supplied by Press Association.

Line-ups

Peterborough

  • 1Chapman
  • 15WardSubstituted forWhiteat 88'minutes
  • 2Naismith
  • 5Tafazolli
  • 18Lafferty
  • 21Maddison
  • 14Cooke
  • 30DempseySubstituted forWoodyardat 82'minutes
  • 10Dembélé
  • 29TomlinSubstituted forCooperat 70'minutes
  • 17Toney

Substitutes

  • 4Woodyard
  • 6White
  • 9Godden
  • 11Reed
  • 19Cooper
  • 25O'Malley
  • 26Stevens

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 2RaffertyBooked at 87mins
  • 8WilliamsSubstituted forEbanks-Landellat 45'minutes
  • 4McNulty
  • 5DelaneySubstituted forAndrewat 45'minutes
  • 16DoneBooked at 37mins
  • 23Holden
  • 10Camps
  • 27HamiltonBooked at 52mins
  • 7DooleySubstituted forInmanat 78'minutes
  • 40Henderson

Substitutes

  • 3Ntlhe
  • 6Ebanks-Landell
  • 9Andrew
  • 18Wilbraham
  • 19Inman
  • 24Norman
  • 25Adshead
Referee:
Darren Drysdale
Attendance:
6,025

Match Stats

Home TeamPeterboroughAway TeamRochdale
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home22
Away15
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home8
Away6
Fouls
Home6
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Peterborough United 2, Rochdale 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Peterborough United 2, Rochdale 1.

Matt Done (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Marcus Maddison (Peterborough United).

Foul by George Cooper (Peterborough United).

Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Jimmy McNulty (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Daniel Lafferty.

Attempt saved. Jimmy McNulty (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Ryan Tafazolli.

Goal!

Goal! Peterborough United 2, Rochdale 1. Ethan Hamilton (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Peterborough United. Ben White replaces Joe Ward.

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Ethan Ebanks-Landell.

Attempt blocked. Ivan Toney (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Peterborough United 2, Rochdale 0. George Cooper (Peterborough United) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marcus Maddison.

Attempt saved. Jimmy McNulty (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Aaron Chapman.

Attempt saved. Bradden Inman (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Peterborough United. Alex Woodyard replaces Kyle Dempsey.

Foul by George Cooper (Peterborough United).

Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Marcus Maddison (Peterborough United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Aaron Chapman.

Attempt saved. Bradden Inman (Rochdale) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Ivan Toney (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Bradden Inman replaces Stephen Dooley.

Siriki Dembélé (Peterborough United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale).

Attempt missed. Marcus Maddison (Peterborough United) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by George Cooper.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Joe Ward.

Attempt blocked. Marcus Maddison (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Ethan Hamilton (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Callum Camps (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Peterborough United. George Cooper replaces Lee Tomlin.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Calvin Andrew (Rochdale) because of an injury.

Kyle Dempsey (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Calvin Andrew (Rochdale).

Foul by Daniel Lafferty (Peterborough United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Portsmouth27176446252157
2Luton27158450252553
3Sunderland261410247252252
4Charlton28155846311550
5Barnsley26147543222149
6Peterborough27138647341347
7Doncaster27136849351445
8Coventry28116113032-239
9Blackpool2610882725238
10Fleetwood2798103732535
11Burton27105123636035
12Southend27112143434035
13Wycombe2798103740-335
14Accrington269892735-835
15Scunthorpe2896133653-1733
16Walsall2788112943-1432
17Gillingham2794143945-631
18Shrewsbury2779112935-630
19Rochdale2886143458-2430
20Bristol Rovers2777132529-428
21Oxford Utd2769123343-1027
22Bradford2783163143-1227
23Plymouth2776143449-1527
24Wimbledon2765162138-1723
View full League One table

Top Stories