Posh striker Ivan Toney celebrates the opening goal of the game against Rochdale. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
Hat-trick hero Ivan Toney predictably led the way.
A quiet day, but made to look better by the horror show at the other end of the pitch. The right-back was looking composed, defensively sound and very good on the ball until he went off just before the hour mark. The left-back had issues early on, but he was combative throughout and in control by the end. The defence had to stay alert and composed in the first-half as Dale carried a threat. Kent never looked flustered. Dale only played one up, but their movement was good before the break. Beevers read most things well though. He was a bit careless in possession in the first half, but much sharper and accurate after the break as Posh took control. Unselfishly gave up a great chance to score early in the second half, but that shouldn't detract from a committed, hard-running display. Stepped into George Boyd's shoes and although the midfield diamond doesn't necessarily suit his strengths he did okay. Fine cross for the key second goal. A stunning goal, a brilliant assist, won a penalty, converted a penalty. All in a day's work for the main man. Took his goal well. His pace and movement were a constant threat. Signs of a partnership developing with Toney. Excellent awareness for the first goal and then two outstanding finishes. Might have also scored early on, but generally superb. Played for 20 minutes when Posh were content to settle for six. His pace was still a threat. Played for half an hour and it's obvious he will push Mason for his right-back slot. Kept possession well in his 20 minute appearance.