PLAYER VERDICTS: Maddison stars in Peterborough United’s opening day win

Man-of-the-match Marcus Maddison scores for Posh at Rochdale. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
Man-of-the-match Marcus Maddison scores for Posh at Rochdale. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
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Marcus Maddison was Peterborough United’s star man at Rochdale in the League One opener at Spotland today (August 6).

Maddison scored a goal and created another as Posh triumped 3-2 thanks to a 90th-minute header from debutant Gwion Edwards.

Posh full-back Hayden White just failed to get on the end of this Shaquile Coulthirst cross at Rochdale. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Posh full-back Hayden White just failed to get on the end of this Shaquile Coulthirst cross at Rochdale. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Ben Alnwick: Not at all convincing, some strange decisions when faced with crosses, but no chance with Dale goals 5

Hayden White: His pace is mightily impressive and it enabled him to launch a couple of dashing counter attacks. Solid enough defensively 7

Andrew Hughes: Recovered from a traumatic first-half when he received very little help from team-mates to defend much better after the break. No impact going forward which will be a problem in a midfield diamond 5

Jack Baldwin: Might have been sent off at the end of the first-half. Some sketchy moments, but battled away until the end. Won some key headers in the final moments 6

Chris Forrester scores for Posh at Rochdale. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Chris Forrester scores for Posh at Rochdale. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Ryan Tafazolli: Picked up an early injury and departed at 1-1 6

Chris Forrester: Looked classy in possession at times and a cracking goal from distance, Will be a skipper who leads by example 7

Jermaine Anderson: Looked way off the pace and a touch heavy. Offered Hughes very little help in his attempts to contain the lively Andy Cannon and no surprise he was substituted at half-time 5

Leo Da Silva Lopes: Got stronger as the game wore on. Attacked and defended with determination. Great prospect 7

Marcus Maddison: A top-quality finish, an assist and at the heart of most good Posh attacking moves. A real handful for League One defenders 8

Paul Taylor: Missed a great chance to win Posh the match early in the second-half. Busy and constructive without being able to penetrate. Never stopped running and a big nuisance 7

Shaquile Coulthirst: Workrate terrific, but offside too often and his touch lets him down at crucial moments 5

Substitutes

Michael Bostwick: (for Tafazolli, 22 mins). Very strong in the second-half when he’d settled into the match 7

Gwion Edwards: (for Anderson, 46 mins). Livened Posh up considerably, Easy goal, but took up the crucial goal-scoring position 7

Tom Nichols: (for Coulthirst 73 mins)

Mark Tyler: (not used).

Callum Chettle: (not used)

Jerome Binnom-Williams: (not used).

Adil Nabi: (not used).