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Peterborough United 2-1 Rochdale

A lightning start saw Peterborough defeat Rochdale and move within two points of the League One play-offs.

Harry Beautyman headed in Michael Smith's right-wing cross and Christian Burgess bundled in Joe Newell's corner as Posh led 2-0 within seven minutes.

Rochdale hit back when full-back Joe Rafferty rifled in the first league goal of his career from 25 yards.

Dale played the final minutes with 10 men when one of their three subs, Calvin Andrew, went off injured.

Peterborough moved up to 10th, while Rochdale dropped to 15th, seven points above the relegation places.

Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

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Hill on Peterborough v Rochdale

"I think there's a little bit of naivety in the way that we gave the goals away; individual errors do paint a sorry picture but that's what they are.

"With respect to the team's shape, I don't think there's an awful lot wrong.

"It's difficult because you plan all week to try to secure a clean sheet like every manager does but it's very difficult to legislate for the individual errors that we've made in the last two games and retain our self belief."

Line-ups

Peterborough

  • 27Alnwick
  • 6Bostwick
  • 4BrisleyBooked at 73mins
  • 21BurgessBooked at 80mins
  • 2SmithBooked at 89mins
  • 8Payne
  • 35Beautyman
  • 10OztumerSubstituted forNorrisat 69'minutes
  • 17NewellSubstituted forNtlheat 45'minutes
  • 9James
  • 20McLeanSubstituted forTaylorat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Ntlhe
  • 7Taylor
  • 13Loach
  • 14Washington
  • 15Anderson
  • 23Norris
  • 25Zakuani

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 2RaffertyBooked at 90mins
  • 5EasthamSubstituted forRoseat 45'minutes
  • 22O'Connell
  • 39BunneyBooked at 43mins
  • 6Lancashire
  • 11Noble-LazarusSubstituted forCampsat 45'minutes
  • 12Dawson
  • 24AllenSubstituted forAndrewat 65'minutes
  • 7Vincenti
  • 40Henderson

Substitutes

  • 9Andrew
  • 21Musangu
  • 25Rose
  • 26Logan
  • 27Cannon
  • 28Camps
  • 31Bell
Referee:
Keith Hill
Attendance:
5,163

Match Stats

Home TeamPeterboroughAway TeamRochdale
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home10
Away5
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away1
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Peterborough United 2, Rochdale 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Peterborough United 2, Rochdale 1.

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Oliver Lancashire.

Booking

Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale).

Kgosi Ntlhe (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jon Taylor (Peterborough United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Jon Taylor (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Michael Smith (Peterborough United) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Stephen Dawson (Rochdale).

Harry Beautyman (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Michael Rose (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

Christian Burgess (Peterborough United) is shown the yellow card.

Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Christian Burgess (Peterborough United).

Stephen Dawson (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jon Taylor (Peterborough United).

Attempt missed. Jack O'Connell (Rochdale) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is just a bit too high following a set piece situation.

Booking

Shaun Brisley (Peterborough United) is shown the yellow card.

Calvin Andrew (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Shaun Brisley (Peterborough United).

Attempt saved. Harry Beautyman (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Peterborough United. David Norris replaces Erhun Oztumer.

Foul by Joe Bunney (Rochdale).

(Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Calvin Andrew replaces Jamie Allen.

Substitution

Substitution, Peterborough United. Jon Taylor replaces Aaron McLean.

Attempt saved. Luke James (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Hand ball by Stephen Dawson (Rochdale).

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Michael Smith.

Foul by Stephen Dawson (Rochdale).

Erhun Oztumer (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Michael Smith (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Second Half

Second Half begins Peterborough United 2, Rochdale 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Callum Camps replaces Reuben Noble-Lazarus.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Michael Rose replaces Ashley Eastham because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Peterborough United. Kgosi Ntlhe replaces Joe Newell because of an injury.

Half Time

First Half ends, Peterborough United 2, Rochdale 1.

Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

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1Bristol City29187454262861
2Swindon30176756322457
3MK Dons30168662313156
4Preston29158644281653
5Sheff Utd2813693932745
6Oldham30111094141043
7Chesterfield30119104441342
8Doncaster2911993633342
9Bradford2811893733441
10Peterborough30125133838041
11Fleetwood31118123032-241
12Gillingham31118124447-341
13Walsall301010103232040
14Port Vale31116143845-739
15Rochdale281151250401038
16Notts County29108113135-438
17Crewe30115143151-2038
18Scunthorpe28107114144-337
19Barnsley30105153948-935
20Coventry30711123041-1132
21Colchester3087153650-1431
22Crawley3179153255-2330
23Leyton Orient2978143846-829
24Yeovil3177172345-2228
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