Wolves stunned by Peterborough
Peterborough made it three momentous wins on the bounce as
Wolves were put to the sword 3-0 at Molineux on Boxing Day.
Goals from Lee Tomlin, Tommy Rowe and Dwight Gayle did the
damage as Darren Ferguson’s side received the perfect Christmas
present by lifting themselves off the foot of the Championship.
Wolves boss Stale Solbakken named Bjorn Sigurdarson on the bench
following a thigh injury, but defender Georg Margreitter
(hamstring) was again sidelined following another setback on the
road to recovery.
And it was the hosts who showed the early intent when an
outswinging corner from Jermaine Pennant after five minutes was met
by Roger Johnson and his header was smartly tipped over by Posh
keeper Robert Olejnik.
At the other end, Carl Ikeme in the Wolves goal had to be alert
to turn away a 12-yard effort from Gayle as Ferguson’s side showed
their own attacking inclinations.
It had turned into a full-blooded festive encounter with no
quarter given by either side in the hunt for crucial Championship
And having weathered the early Wolves storm, the visitors took
the lead after 17 minutes through Tomlin. Joe Newell provided the
opportunity and when his cross from the left was not dealt with, in
nipped Tomlin to strike home his eighth of the campaign from 12
It could have got worse for the hosts three minutes later but
George Boyd cleared the bar when well placed inside the penalty
box. Kevin Doyle was then ideally placed to net an equaliser but
Olejnik denied the striker from only six yards.
Pennant fired over with a free-kick as Wolves looked to get back
on terms before the break, but Ferguson would have been impressed
with his side’s application in the opening half.
Solid in defence, Posh also looked potent on the break and seven
minutes from the interval, Newell had the chance of adding a second
before a well-timed block by Johnson got in the way of his 18-yard
Doyle twice went close to levelling, while Stephen Ward saw his
effort parried by Olejnik as the half-time whistle approached and
the visitors rode their luck.
But a sucker punch at the other end of the field doubled
Peterborough’s lead after 43 minutes. This time Boyd was the
provider, Rowe finishing with aplomb from 20 yards.
Ward was replaced by Sigurdarson as the second half began, with
Wolves well aware the next goal was crucial.
Pennant went close again for the home side, but it was
Peterborough’s day and after 69 minutes Mark Little’s cross was met
by Gayle to make it 3-0 and secure another valuable victory for