An out-of-form bogey side stands between Posh and the Championship on Tuesday

The first obstacle between Peterborough United and a return to the Championship is League One’s most out-of-form side.

By Alan Swann
Monday, 26th April 2021, 7:00 am
George Boyd in action for Posh with Kieran Sadlier (right) of Doncaster at London Road last season.
George Boyd in action for Posh with Kieran Sadlier (right) of Doncaster at London Road last season.

Doncaster Rovers are bottom of the form table over the last eight, 10 and 12 matches. They’ve picked up just five points out of the last 36 to go from a firm play-off fancy to a bottom half team.

Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at home to Fleetwood left them 13th, eight points off the play-off pace and 22 points behind Posh.

Easy pickings for Posh then? Not really as only one team will be under pressure tomorrow and not if you take recent matches between the two clubs into account. Doncaster have won the last three meetings and are unbeaten in the last six clashes. Posh haven’t beaten Rovers since a last-gasp winner from the unlikely source of Ricardo Santos at the Keepmoat Stadium in March, 2016. The last Posh home win arrived earlier that season when Graham Westley’s team beat Darren Ferguson’s Doncaster 4-0.

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Doncaster player-manager Andy Butler.

One bonus for Posh is the absence of their former player Kieran Sadlier who loved tormenting his old club before moving to Rotherham in the summer.

Sadlier scored in both meetings last season, comfortable 2-0 and 3-0 wins for Rovers, and netted in the controversial 3-1 Doncaster win in February, 2019.

Donny’s squad has underachieved badly since manager Darren Moore quit to take over at Sheffield Wednesday early in March, but he left behind some talented players for current boss Andy Butler, particularly loan signings Josh Sims (Southampton), Tyreece John-Jules (Arsenal) and Taylor Richards (Brighton). They’ve all suffered injuries, but they are back in the side now.

Of course the fact that Posh boss Ferguson managed Doncaster to a relegation and a promotion between 2016 and 2018 adds spice to the game.

Ferguson will be keen to get the maximum three points they need to seal a top-two finish at the first attempt. They only need a point if Lincoln City fail to win at Shrewsbury tomorrow, a game that kicks off 45 minutes before Posh v Doncaster at 7pm.

If Posh collect a point against Donny, Sunderland also won’t be able to catch them. Sunderland host play-off chasers Blackpool tomorrow (7pm).