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Preview | Peterborough United (H)

10 August 2018

Rochdale v Peterborough United | Crown Oil Arena, Sky Bet League One, Saturday 11th August 2018, 3pm Kick-Off

It’s good to be back!

Dale return to the Crown Oil Arena for the first time this season, as Peterborough United are the visitors in Sky Bet League One.

Both sides started with 2-1 wins on the opening day last weekend. Whilst Bradden Inman’s brace helped Dale to victory over Burton Albion, Steven Evans’ side secured a win at home to Bristol Rovers.



Hill Full Of Praise For Squad

10 August 2018


Keith Hill’s pre-match interview is available to watch on iFollow – click HERE to watch.

He speaks about Saturday’s opponents, the togetherness of the squad, and whether or not he will dip into the loan market before the month is out.

To read what the Gaffer had to say, click HERE.



Peterborough boss Steve Evans said ahead of the game: “Keith Hill is someone that I get on with and someone that I admire. They had an excellent win on the opening day and have some good players.

“We will be going to Rochdale to get the three points. That is how we will set up.”

Click HERE to watch his pre-match interview on Peterborough’s official website.



It is pay on the day at the Crown Oil Arena on Saturday.

Supporters can pay through the turnstiles for the Pearl Street Stand, the Sandy Lane and the away end. However, supporters wishing to sit in the Main Stand must purchase a ticket from the RAFC Ticket Office before going to the turnstiles.

Normal league prices apply for the fixture. They can be found HERE.



Are you a first-time visitor to the Crown Oil Arena? Click HERE for all of the information you may need in order to plan your visit and make the most of the matchday experience at Rochdale Football Club!



If you are a Peterborough United fan making your way to the Crown Oil Arena for Saturday’s game, click HERE and have a read of our Visiting Supporters’ Guide which is packed full of useful information!


Club News

Junior Event | FIFA Challenge On Saturday!

10 August 2018


The Ratcliffe Bars, situated on the Crown Oil Arena car park, are open to both home and away supporters from midday. Full details can be found HERE.

Meanwhile, youngsters can take part in our FREE PS4 FIFA Challenge in the Carlsberg Lounge! Access the event from inside the Smith Metals Family Stand, via the turnstiles, which are open from 2pm. Click HERE for full details.



Referee: Anthony Backhouse

Assistant Referees: Ken Haycock & Danny Gratton

Fourth Official: Barry Gordon











Dale were 2-0 winners when Peterborough last visited the Crown Oil Arena, in November last year.

Two goals in three minutes from Calvin Andrew and Callum Camps sealed all three points.

Click HERE for the full flashback, including highlights.



Sky Bet are offering odds of 21/20 for a Dale win on Saturday.

Click HERE for the full betting preview.


Club News

Flashback | Dale 2-0 Peterborough United

9 August 2018


Rochdale AFC’s matchday programme – The Voice of Spotland – is back for Saturday’s League One fixture against Peterborough United.

The new-look programme is once again a 76-page issue and is packed full of new features.

Bradden Inman, who scored twice in Dale’s opening day win at Burton Albion, is the cover star, whilst there is a centre-spread picture which will bring back special memories for all Dale fans!

Click HERE to read the full TVOS preview.



Fans in the UK can listen to match audio commentary on iFollow, whilst overseas supporters can watch the match live! The programme will start at 2.50pm.

Click HERE to subscribe to iFollow.

To access commentary/watch live via your desktop, click on the 'iFollow' tab on our navigation bar. Hover over the 'More' tab and more selections will appear, which is where the 'iFollow' tab is located. Once you’ve clicked through, a link will appear on the left-hand side of the page for you to access the commentary. This will appear on the site around half an hour before kick-off.

We will be tweeting live updates from the match and will go behind-the-scenes with our Instagram Story feature. Follow @officiallydale (Twitter and Instagram).

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Match Reports

Report | Dale 1-4 Peterborough United

11 August 2018

Rochdale were beaten 4-1 by Peterborough United in their first home game of the season at the Crown Oil Arena.

Ian Henderson’s penalty had given Dale an early lead, but the visitors equalised through Jason Cummings’ header eight minutes later.

Goals from Mark O’Hara and Matt Godden sent Peterborough into the break 3-1 to the good, and despite Dale dominating second-half play, a late O’Hara strike made the result more convincing than it was.

Ryan Delaney replaced Jim McNulty in the only change from last weekend’s opening day victory at Burton Albion.

Former Posh player Bradden Inman scored twice in that 2-1 win, and he narrowly headed over Henderson’s early cross after a superb break forward from David Perkins.

Josh Lillis had to be alert a short while later when he tipped over Siriki Dembele’s powerful effort, before he saw O’Hara’s effort deflect into his arms.

Dale broke the deadlock in the 17th minute from the penalty spot, after Joe Rafferty had been upended. Henderson stepped and calmly slotted his penalty down the middle.

The lead lasted just eight minutes though, as the visitors levelled through Cummings back-post header, when he Dembele’s left-wing cross from eight yards out.

Peterborough then took the lead shortly after the half hour mark. Dembele’s free-kick was nodded back across goal by Cummings to O’Hara, who headed past Lillis.

Callum Camps saw a first-time strike deflected wide and Aaron Wilbraham’s header from the resulting corner couldn’t get the required touch from Henderson at the back post, as Dale looked for an equaliser before the break.

Matty Done also had a great chance to bring Dale level when Rafferty’s shot deflected into his path, but he couldn’t get the ball out of his feet and sent a weak effort wide.

It was the visitors who bagged before the half-time whistle. Dembele saw a whipped free-kick well saved by Lillis, but he could only divert it as far as Godden, who sent the ball into the back of the net.

Calvin Andrew replaced Rafferty shortly after the break with Henderson moving to the right side, and he provided a great cross for Wilbraham whose looping header dropped onto the roof of the net.

Godden was inches away from doubling his tally for the visitors when his half volley was superbly tipped around the post by Lillis, before Dembele’s shot from distance hit the top of the crossbar.

Andy Cannon and Kgosi Ntlhe replaced Harrison McGahey and Done, with Ntlhe turning over a close range rebound, after Aaron Chapman had clawed Andrew’s back post header off the line.

Dale dominated possession as they looked for a way back into the game, but it was the visitors who added another in added time, when O’Hara broke after Posh had nicked the ball off Dale on the halfway line, and he finished coolly past Lillis.


Dale XI | Lillis, McGahey, MJ Williams, Delaney, Rafferty, Camps, Perkins, Done, Inman, Henderson, Wilbraham.

Subs | Moore, Ntlhe, McNulty, Andrew, Rathbone, Adshead, Cannon.

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