LiveLIVE: ROCHDALE v PETERBOROUGH UNITED: Posh in control at half-time

Peterborough United seek to complete a League One double over Rochdale at the Crown Oil Arena today (March 20, 3pm kick off).

Saturday, 20th March 2021, 4:00 pm
Siriki Dembele of Peterborough United is held back by Eoghan O'Connell of Rochdale. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

Second-placed Posh beat lowly Dale 4-1 at the Weston Homes Stadium earlier this season.

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Former Rochdale midfielder Ethan Hamilton is expected to return to the Posh starting line-up after missing Tuesday’s vital 1-0 win over Portsmouth because of suspension.

Follow all the action live on the PT Blog below.

Rochdale v Posh

Last updated: Saturday, 20 March, 2021, 16:54

  • Posh are second, Rochdale are second bottom
  • Posh need to win to be sure of staying second
  • Ethan Hamilton should return after suspension for Posh
  • Sammie Szmodics is 50/50 to play because of an ankle injury

And it’s all over 3-3. Posh relieved to get a point, but really it’s two chucked away.

Nathan Thompson won the penalty after catching a defender unawares.

And JCH scores good grief

93: Good lord penalty Posh.

4 mins added.

Incredible. Dale keep the ball. A deep cross over Butler’s head. Thompson stops a tap in, but Keohane follows up to score.

9O; Oh my days. 3-2 Dale.

87: a nightmare for Posh who couldn’t get hold of the ball. Done with a fine left wing cross and a fine header from Beesley.

87: 2-2.

85: Baah shooting chance, weak Kent blocks. Goalkick now

83: Morley for Grant.

10 to go. Pressure building, Hamilton with a key interception

Kent was booked a couple of minutes ago

Beevers heads corner clear

77: Corner good, Dembele defends well, another corner coming though

76: Posh break again. JCH into area shot blocked. Should have passed

76P: Long free kick Pym punches backwards, now a corner

76: Posh break Brown sends JCH wide, he cuts inside shoots right footed half blocked, keeper gathers

72: Posh have settled down a bit. A third goal would be welcome though.

Second half continued

70: Corner is poor obviously, now a goalkick. Big save that, could be a huge moment.

69; Oh great save. Thompson to Dembele into area, shoots, one handed save.

68: Eisa in space on edge. Weak shot saved easily

65: Long throw hoofed away. Dembele pounces but penalised for a foul.

This has been so poor from Posh this half. Dale with their tails up.

61: Baah on for Humphrys.

Eisa and Kanu for Szmodics and Ward

Eisa and Kanu are coming for Posh

60: Great run Szmodics. Leaves McShane. Shot well blocked,

Rathbone cautioned for trip on Dembele.

55: Humphrys sends Pym the wrong way. Dale deserved that. Posh haven’t started yet

Dear oh dear. Dale win two headers. Kent and Beevers sandwich a striker.

Penalty Dale.

53: And Dale play through Posh again, Rathbone another 20 yarder, too high, Posh are asking for trouble here

52: crikey theatrical fall as Thompson makes challenge, Ref blows whistle but to give a goalkick.

50: Poor from Brown, robbed, Humphrys shoots wide. Fergie is furious

Fergie not happy with this start. Very sluggish as Rathbone fires over from 25 yards.

48: Dale dominate the ball at the start of the second half, until a pressure releiving free kick is awarded.

First half continued

And that’s half-time. Posh 2-0 up.

45 + 1. as Fergie urged the Posh players to get the ball into the area, they instead stayed patient. Butler, Hamilton involved and then Dembele to Szmodics who took the ball down 15 yards from goal, onto his left foot, neat finish.

2-0 Szmodics great football

one minute added.

44; Strong Dale break, stopped by fine Kent tackle

39: Strength and skill from Humphrys. Shrugs off Beevers. shoots just wide from 20 yards

36: Szmodics lasshes wide from 20 yards.

36: Posh controlling possession well. Not fashioned a clear chance yet though.

32: Great burst Thompson, feeds Szmodics in area, he loses control. Not happening for Szmodics so far.

30: Super run Osho leaves two trailling, shoots straight at Pym from 20 yards.

29: Excellent from Dale. Escape the Posh press and break, right wing cross Humphrys volleys wide

27: Good run and cross Kent, well defended.

25 Good tackle Beevers inside the Posh area

JCH takes, not bad, but wide

23 Dembele fouled on edge of area.

20: Long throw coming. Interestingly Dale leave just one man back to mark Dembele from them. Anyone cleared now for Posh throw in.

Dale certainly growing into the game. Mixing their passing range up.

Rathbone space to shoot 25 yards, easy save

Szmodics not started this game well. Very tentative.

17: Hesitation at the back. Ward clears. Shot from edge Shaughnessy from 20 yards wide.

Defended. Chance to break not taken

Dale long throw coming

Dembele not moving freely.

Fergie not happy with the number of touches Posh players are taking.

11 Quick break Dale. left wing cross falls to Grant on edge, shoots wide

Dembele and Szmodics finding lots of space which is encouraging

9 Good passing Posh Dembele shoots from distance again. Over the bar this time.

Beevers won the ball in the Dale half, fed Dembele who turned and delivered a great strike past a motionless goalkeeper.

5 Goal Dembele edge of the penalty area great strike top corner

4 good from Dembele tees up Hamilton shot blocked

We’re under way and it looks like both sides employing a back 3.

Posh are out.

Pompey lead Ipswich 2-1 not long to go. They will be 10 points behind Posh if they hang on. Cowley will be a decent appointment I reckon.

15 mins to kick off. Posh have returned to the changing room. Quite cold here now.

Posh are in pink today.

Referee is David Rock who only arrived at the ground 10 minutes ago. He was poor when Posh drew at MK Dons in December.

Both teams now out warming up. Pitch looks flat which makes a nice change.

Rochdale: Gavin Bozuno, Gabriel Osho, Paul McShane, Eughan O'Connell, Ollie Rathbone, Jake Beesley, Jimmy Keohane, Conor Grant, Conor Shaughnessy, Matty Done, Stephen Humphrys.

Substitutes: Jay Lynch, Jim McNulty, Stephen Dooley, Aaron Morley, Alex Newby, Hayden Roberts, Kwadwo Baah.

Sammie Szmodics has won his fitness battle and starts at Rochdale.

He replaces Harrison Burrows who has a minor injury.

Ethan Hamilton is back from suspensions and replaces Louis Reed in the centre of midfield. Reed is on the bench.

Posh: Christy Pym, Nathan Thompson, Mark Beevers, Frankie Kent, Dan Butler, Reece Brown, Ethan Hamilton, Sammie Szmodics, Joe Ward, Siriki Dembele, Jonson Clarke-Harris.

Substitutes: Louis Reed, Dan Gyollai, Ricky-Jade Jones, Mo Eisa, Frazer Blake-Tracy, Niall Mason, Idris Kanu.

I’m in place at the Crown Oil Stadium. The Good news is Sammie Szmodics is also here

It’s the start of a big week for Posh as they also travel to League One play-off hopefuls Blackpool on Tuesday (March 23).

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