After a disastrous opening ten days of 2019 it didn’t get much better for Rochdale as they continued their slid toward the League One relegation zone thanks to a 2-1 defeat at Peterborough United.
It’s now no win in their last five games for Keith Hill’s men, in the league and Checkatrade Trophy, however they did end a three-game goalless streak in the league but had to wait until the last minute of the game at London Road.
In a first half dominated by Peterborough United they deservedly took the lead after 23 minutes.
Loan signing Lee Tomlin celebrated his 30th birthday by curling in a glorious striker from the edge of the box beyond Josh Lillis and into the back of the net.
The Posh could’ve been further ahead by halftime had Daniel Lafferty saw his shot cleared off the line before Ryan Tafazolli fluffed his lines with a poor header.
After the break Rochdale posed more of a threat and were denied by Aaron Chapman who produced a string of world-class saves to deny Bradden Inman and Jim McNulty.
Those saves proved crucial as Peterborough doubled their advantage shortly afterwards, substitute George Cooper was able to guide home with a smart finish from a Marcus Maddison pass.
On loan Manchester United midfielder Ethan Hamilton, who was making his debut for Rochdale, did get his name on the scoresheet in stoppage time with a stunning effort, striking from long-range to give Chapman no chance of saving it.
It proved too little too late for Dale though as they fell to another defeat and dropped to 19th in the League One table, two places and three points above the bottom four.
Next up for Rochdale is a visit from Fleetwood Town on Saturday (19th January).