Former Wolves midfielder Darren Ferguson believes Peterborough face the perfect Championship team at London Road tomorrow.
The Posh boss watched Wolves record their first away win of the season at Ipswich on Wednesday and was impressed with their size, athleticism, organisation and patience.
Ferguson, who played 149 games in five years as a midfielder at Molineux from 1994-99, believes his old club have a great chance of returning to the Premier League at the first attempt.
“They’re a great example of a Championship side,” said Ferguson.
“They’re very big, strong, physical and well organised. They’re prepared to sit tight and wait for the opposition to make a mistake before pouncing. That’s what they did at Ipswich and, once they hit the front, it was a case of ‘game over’.
“The first goal decides a lot of games at this level.”
Wolves boss Stale Solbakken believes it is wrong to even talk about promotion but Ferguson has no doubts about his old club’s credentials.
“Wolves will be challenging for promotion,” he said. “They’re a great club with superb support and they’ll travel in numbers to make this like a home game.
“I didn’t have the best of times there – I was too inconsistent – but I still see them as a top club.”
Posh have started with six straight defeats in the Championship and Ferguson, who is expected to name Wolves’ homegrown pair Mark Little and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and ex-Hednesford striker Tyrone Barnett in his line-up, has hinted some players may need to come out of the firing line.
Meanwhile, midfielder Dave Edwards today issued a painful history lesson to urge Wolves against complacency.
Solbakken’s side travel to London Road seeking their third successive league win for the first time since April 2009. Back-to-back victories against Leicester and Ipswich this week have catapulted Wolves from second bottom of the Championship to eighth.
But Edwards recalled another team Wolves faced with a similar record to Peterborough’s – and they ended losing.
“I remember another team who lost six on the bounce – Portsmouth, and they beat us 1-0, when a certain Jamie O’Hara was playing,” said Edwards.