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

Marcus Maddison was Peterborough United's star man at Rochdale in the League One opener at Spotland today (August 6).

Saturday, 6th August 2016, 5:18 pm
Updated Saturday, 6th August 2016, 10:00 pm
Man-of-the-match Marcus Maddison scores for Posh at Rochdale. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tom Nichols: (for Coulthirst 73 mins)

Mark Tyler: (not used).

Callum Chettle: (not used)

Jerome Binnom-Williams: (not used).

Adil Nabi: (not used).