Report: Peterborough United 1 Doncaster Rovers 1

Peterborough United v Doncaster Rovers
Peterborough United v Doncaster Rovers

Rovers became the first side to take points off early League One pacesetters Peterborough United in a breathless draw at London Road.

John Marquis' smart finish saw Rovers take a deserved lead into the break only for Ryan Tafazolli to equalise for the hosts early in the second half.

Rovers looked the more likely to grab the win as they pushed hard for the winner but could not breach a resolute Peterborough back line.

Tempers threatened to boil over at times and Posh boss Steve Evans and his assistant Paul Raynor were both shown red cards due to their protestations.

It was a frantic opening period to the game with both sides employing a high press, resulting in little time on the ball for any players.

In what appears to have been the pattern for Peterborough in their games at the start of this season, it was the opposition seeing more of the ball.

Rovers took that opportunity with aplomb, flooding men forward into home territory only to find clear cut openings hard to come by.

They were mere millimetres from taking the lead just six minutes in. Tommy Rowe turned a Niall Mason cut back on goal only to see the ball strike the foot of the post with Rhys Bennett getting the clearance in before Marquis could pounce.

Rovers continued to push and Mallik Wilks should have done better when powering into the box but skewed his ambitious shot wide.

Peterborough's threat in the opening quarter was minimal and a Tafazolli header from a corner was the best they could muster, with Marko Marosi more than equal to it.

Rovers were almost gifted the opening goal on the 20 minute mark.

Coppinger exchanged passes with Rowe and galloped forward before unleashing a fizzing drive from 30 yards. It appeared a simple enough take for Aaron Chapman but the Peterborough keeper fluffed his lines, only to recover in time to prevent the ball from spinning over the line.

Moments later Peterborough demonstrated the counterattacking prowess which has powered the impressive start to the season. Siriki Dembele galloped to the edge of the area and slid through a pass for the onrushing Matt Godden who clipped a shot just beyond the far post.

With Peterborough confidently soaking up pressure and showing signs of threat on the counter, it felt increasingly important for Rovers to make their pressure count before the break and they did so in sublime fashion on 40 minutes.

Wilks sent Marquis racing forward with a through ball and the striker shrugged off the attention of Tafazolli before showing superb composure to clip a shot over the on-rushing Chapman from just outside the area.

Peterborough looked rattled and Rovers threatened to add to their tally before the break.

Continuing to push forward, they forced errors from a Posh side whose composure evaded them.

And they did have the ball in the back of the net when Tom Anderson powered a header home from a corner but referee Darren Bond had signalled for a foul.

Rovers were close to doubling their advantage just six minutes into the second half.

Marquis sent Wilks scampering forward with a ball over the top and the on loan Leeds United forward worked space for a low shot which slammed back off the far post.

Peterborough soon gathered a head of steam, seeing much more of the ball than they did in the first half and getting plenty of men forward.

It was with their first real chance of the second period that they drew level on 58 minutes when Tafazolli powered home a header from a deep corner.

Though a greater Peterborough onslaught was expected, it was Rovers who enjoyed much the greater pressure once the game moved back level.

It took a last ditch tackle from Colin Daniel to prevent Wilks from slotting in after Marquis spotted his run from across the box.

Rowe forced Chapman into a fine save with a header from a Danny Andrew free kick.

Rovers were able to build play steadily and a fine move led to Coppinger spinning into the box and firing low for a relatively simple save for Chapman.

Wilks should have done better when played in by Rowe inside the box but fired well over the bar.

It took another vital tackle from Tafazolli to prevent Marquis from clipping home after being played in by Kane.

Wilks delivered an audacious overhead kick attempt from a corner which defelcted wide as Rovers continued to push.

Rovers piled on the pressure right to the end but could not find a way through.

Peterborough: Chapman, Naismith, Bennett, Tafazolli, Daniel, Ward, Woodyard, O’Hara (Maddison 65), Dembele (Reed 72), Godden (Toney 52), Cummings. Subs: Tyler, Cooke, Cooper, Yorwerth.

Rovers: Marosi; Mason, Anderson, Butler, Andrew; Whiteman, Kane, Rowe; Wilks (May 84), Marquis, Coppinger. Subs: Lawlor, Lund, Blair, Ben Khemis, Taylor, Beestin.

Referee: Darren Bond (Lancashire)

Attendance: 7,060 (641 away)