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Peterborough United 3-1 Rochdale

Referee Chris Sarginson issued three red cards as Peterborough beat Rochdale in a battle of two faltering League One play-off challengers.

The hosts struck twice in the space of three minutes as Jack Baldwin steered in a Marcus Maddison corner before Tom Nichols produced a glorious finish from a Leo Da Silva Lopes pass.

Rochdale cut their arrears within 60 seconds through Joe Thompson, before Joe Rafferty became the first man to receive his marching orders, grabbing Maddison to earn a second yellow card.

The visitors were reduced to nine men eight minutes into the second half when Donal McDermott was given a straight red for jumping into a challenge on Baldwin.

Posh failed to make their numerical advantage count as Wilson made fine saves to deny Maddison and Brad Inman.

And Grant McCann's men were then reduced to 10 men themselves as skipper Baldwin collected a second caution for scything down Ian Henderson.

It was a dismissal which briefly gave the visitors a glimmer of hope, but Paul Taylor rifled in an Inman cross with five minutes to go.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Peterborough

  • 1McGee
  • 2Smith
  • 6BaldwinBooked at 80mins
  • 5Tafazolli
  • 3Hughes
  • 18Da Silva LopesBooked at 22minsSubstituted forMackail-Smithat 62'minutes
  • 16Inman
  • 4Bostwick
  • 11Maddison
  • 21NicholsSubstituted forMoriasat 86'minutes
  • 10Taylor

Substitutes

  • 9Angol
  • 13Mackail-Smith
  • 14Tyler
  • 23Chettle
  • 29Binnom-Williams
  • 36Samuelsen
  • 37Morias

Rochdale

  • 13Wilson
  • 15ThompsonSubstituted forMcGaheyat 45'minutes
  • 18KeaneBooked at 44minsSubstituted forKitchingat 57'minutes
  • 4McNulty
  • 2RaffertyBooked at 45mins
  • 10Camps
  • 12McDermottBooked at 52mins
  • 24Allen
  • 40Henderson
  • 9Andrew
  • 11Mendez-LaingSubstituted forCannonat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6McGahey
  • 7Vincenti
  • 14Rathbone
  • 16Noble-Lazarus
  • 25Logan
  • 27Cannon
  • 32Kitching
Referee:
Chris Sarginson
Attendance:
4,457

Match Stats

Home TeamPeterboroughAway TeamRochdale
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home23
Away9
Shots on Target
Home12
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Peterborough United 3, Rochdale 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Peterborough United 3, Rochdale 1.

Foul by Junior Morias (Peterborough United).

Harrison McGahey (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Calvin Andrew (Rochdale) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Bradden Inman (Peterborough United).

Mark Kitching (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Peterborough United. Junior Morias replaces Tom Nichols.

Goal!

Goal! Peterborough United 3, Rochdale 1. Paul Taylor (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Bradden Inman.

Attempt missed. Calvin Andrew (Rochdale) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Craig Mackail-Smith (Peterborough United) right footed shot from long range on the right is blocked.

Attempt missed. Callum Camps (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Jack Baldwin (Peterborough United) for a bad foul.

Foul by Jack Baldwin (Peterborough United).

Ian Henderson (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Paul Taylor (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Andrew Cannon replaces Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.

Attempt saved. Bradden Inman (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Michael Bostwick (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Marcus Maddison (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ian Henderson (Rochdale).

Attempt missed. Paul Taylor (Peterborough United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Foul by Bradden Inman (Peterborough United).

Mark Kitching (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Ben Wilson.

Attempt saved. Marcus Maddison (Peterborough United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Craig Mackail-Smith (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Peterborough United. Craig Mackail-Smith replaces Leonardo Da Silva Lopes.

Attempt missed. Calvin Andrew (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andrew Hughes (Peterborough United).

Attempt missed. Paul Taylor (Peterborough United) right footed shot from long range on the right is high and wide to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Mark Kitching replaces Keith Keane.

Booking

Jack Baldwin (Peterborough United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jamie Allen (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jack Baldwin (Peterborough United).

Attempt saved. Paul Taylor (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Jack Baldwin (Peterborough United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Dismissal

Donal McDermott (Rochdale) is shown the red card.

goal

As It Stood

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2Scunthorpe331710659342561
3Fleetwood341710750321861
4Bolton32177844271758
5Bradford341316544321255
6Southend341411952421053
7Millwall33141094740752
8Peterborough34148124946350
9Oxford Utd32147114233949
10Rochdale32146124543248
11Bristol Rovers341211115153-247
12Walsall341113104144-346
13Wimbledon331013104443143
14Charlton3391594035542
15MK Dons33119134241142
16Northampton34117165057-740
17Gillingham34912134453-939
18Shrewsbury34108163547-1238
19Bury34107175161-1037
20Oldham34812142133-1236
21Port Vale32810143451-1734
22Swindon3489173248-1633
23Chesterfield3477203156-2528
24Coventry33510182952-2325
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