Wolves 2 Peterborough United 0 - match report and pictures

Wolves took another huge step towards promotion after a routine 2-0 win against Peterborough.

Goals from Danny Batth (47) – his second of the season – and Dave Edwards (68) put Kenny Jackett’s side up to 90 points, 12 clear of Rotherham in third after they won 4-3 at Gillingham.

It means Wolves still need seven points to be mathematically sure of a return to the Championship.

But in a dominant second-half display, Wolves could even afford the luxury of a missed penalty as Bakary Sako’s 73rd-minute spot kick hit the top of the bar, while Posh keeper Bobby Olejnik made fine saves to keep out Sako in the first half and Nouha Dicko and Sam Ricketts in the second.

A third club record went Wolves’ way too as the shutout equalled the 23 achieved in 1923-24, to add to their new milestone of nine consecutive wins and most away victories, 14.

Jackett made three changes to the side that drew 0-0 at Stevenage on Tuesday night.

Jack Price, Sako and Dicko replaced James Henry, Liam McAlinden and Leon Clarke.

Sako was back from a toe injury that kept him out of the last two games, while Henry missed out after lasting just 11 minutes in midweek due to a groin problem that is expected to have healed for next Saturday’s trip to Crewe.

Posh, who featured former Wolves right-back Mark Little, kicked off attacking the South Bank and they played a stubborn part in first half shaded by the home side.

For all Wolves’ dominant possession, they created only two openings as Posh’s defence held firm.

The first came in the 14th minute when Dicko was crowded out on the right hand side of the box and Sako steamed in for a fiercely-hit low drive that was palmed away by Olejnik.

The only other real chance of the first period for Wolves came 10 minutes later when Michael Jacobs tried to find the top corner from 25 yards and was inches away with a curling shot.

Posh threatened on 28 when Little put through Conor Washington and the striker rounded keeper Carl Ikeme but was driven wide and could only cross into the box and Wolves held firm.

Wolves had the excellent Richard Stearman to thank for repelling the visitors’ other opening when after Grant McCann’s free kick hit the defensive wall, the former Leicester stopper threw himself in front of Danny Swanson's shot that seemed to be heading for the top corner.

If Wolves struggled to break through Posh’s defence in the first half, they did it in double-quick time at the start of the second after the visitors brought on Lloyd Isgrove for Swanson at half-time.

Batth rose with a towering header from Sam Ricketts’s cross from a short corner taken by Jacobs to break the deadlock.

The defender was booked for lifting up his shirt in celebration with fans.

But the goal seemed to allow Wolves to step up a gear and they created several more chances.

Dicko outpaced the defence before forcing Bobby Olejnik into a fine save to tip away.

The former Villa youth shotstopper then flung himself to his left to keep out Ricketts’s left-foot shot in the 62nd minute after the captain dispossessed Nathaniel Knight-Percival, who replaced Josh Payne on 55, on the touchline and cut inside.

Posh’s first chance came four minutes later when Britt Assombalonga climbed above Scott Golbourne from Tommy Rowe’s deep cross but headed a foot over.

Two minutes later Posh were regretting the miss as Wolves doubled their lead when Edwards bundled home left-footed after Olejnik produced a tremendous save to keep out a vicious free kick from Sako on the left.

Dicko appealed in vain for a penalty on 70 when he ran across Michael Bostwick and fell to the ground.

But two minutes later the same combination worked as Wolves were awarded a spot kick as Dicko fell over Bostwick’s outstretched leg as he went round him.

Sako could only blaze his kick on top of the bar and over though to prevent Wolves going three goals ahead.

It was all Wolves but Ikeme was forced into action in the 81st minute with a fine stop to his left to keep out Bostwick’s drive.

But Wolves had little trouble seeing out the rest of the game as they took another giant step towards promotion.

Comments for: "Wolves 2 Peterborough United 0 - match report and pictures"

len

whoopee 3more pts ? hard to pick the best player today ,but for me Edwards had a gr8 game,well done the lads

Statos Boring Brother

Loving it. I'm enjoying my football now more than I have for 20 years.

Just a couple of little niggles

1. Why can't our report be accompanied by a match photo rather than a worried looking KJ picture. If they can send one from Carrow Road surely someone can walk from Molineux to Queen Square with a picture

2. This is more important. Without counting any chickens, there is a good possibility that we could gain promotion of even win the league at an away match. Please, please, please can we wear gold and black for all of our remaining matches I would hate to think of looking at pictures in years to come of our boys celebrating in that awful pink/purple kit.

3 Points Saturday

I couldn't agree more with all three points Stato! Especially the last. Somehow our away kit reminds me of when England wore that dreadful grey kit. Such a pity colour. Thank goodness Wolves are playing better than England did!

More to the point than selling a few more shirts, (why would anybody want to buy one at this stage of the season when there will be another for the next anyway?) neither the O's, Crewe or Coventry are famed for their Old Gold and Black home kits. So come on Jez, Mr Morgan et al, make this a climax to remember.

Old Wulfrunian

It's getting closer for us!! Pity Rotherham scored twice in the last 5 minutes but that shouldn't take the gloss off another great win. If we don't let Mr Hitchcock (3 goals today) scare us when we play the Millers at the Mol we should be ok.

nik.hare1

A third club record went Wolves’ way too as the shutout equalled the 23 achieved in 1923-24, to add to their new milestone of nine consecutive wins and most away victories, 14.

king kenny managed to avoid the poisoned chalice of manager of the month and stearman and co kept out 29 goal brit assambalonga.

we more than made up for the loss of in form henry and could have wone by more, now only need 7 points for the remaining 15.

i could'nt make it as was on 6-2, and had to do the washing up for her indoors. roll on crewe. utw.

Shalom

Well done the Wolves.

Lesta_Wolf

Well done WWFC if Rotherham lose mid week, we might just secure promotion against them in a fortnight.

SEATTLE WOLF

Just gets better and better...

One of the most consummate top-notch performances of the year. So close, now, and feeling the weight of last year's relegation lifting.

Well done Wolves. Just a couple more!

UTMW!

Stokewolf64

Great win Wolves. Nearly there...

UTW

grumppy grandad

Another well deserved win with some nice football at times and a good all round performance from all the team pity about the penalty though

1arnyking

Another great win :)

Tomwolf

Another solid professional performance, by the lads. I thought the back four was yet again outstanding, with McDonald running the show. But Ive given my m.o t.m. to Dave Edwards, who had an excellent game, and covered every blade of grass on the park. I would also like to give special praise to Stearman and Golbourne, who dont get the credit they fully deserve. WELL PLAYED THE LADS: UTW:

Jackett the Hat

Well put Tom, personally I try to look at other players for M.O.T.M, cos the way he's playin K-Mac could win it every week. Edwards was very good again but the Jock Hoddle was head and shoulders above everybody on the pitch.

Think we both remember the times on here when Wulfies were screaming for a proper Left-Back, somebody who has an allround game, positionally sound, pass, cross, tackle and no slouch either......take a bow Scott 'whoopee' Goldbourne , who has gotta be one of the first names on the team sheet. I can't praise him enough and would love to know how many 'assists' he's got to his name this season .Ikeme, Stears and Danny Bahht (from Brierly Hill, if you didn't know) are pure Wolf, so that's enough for me and Sam Ricketts, well.....you just know what you're gettin, he's got my vote for the player of the season cos his influence and guidance on the young uns around him is the reason we get a clean sheet most weeks, when you think about the balance in games at the beginning of the season, games we could've lost, Sam Ricketts had the cool head and gave the foundations to where we are now.

Next stop Crewe, all change for pub and Chip shap...

branoox

Well done Kenny and the team, COME ON YOU WOLVES Nearly there.

Selly park wolf

Well done wolves almost there!

Very similar to the port vale game struggled to create an opening in first half but looked like getting a hatful second half once the first goal went in.

McDonald was superb again but for me Stearman was motm especially first half when he was solid.

Sako didn't look comfortable especially when he was handed the ball for the penalty but 1 more win will do it for me.

Super mac or Edwards should take the pens from now on!

COYW!

No Sweat

The Crewe crew will be left at the station

Rotherham won't bother 'em, nor will Leyton

Coventry seem to have run out of style

Time for a disco at home to Carlisle

UTW

London Wolf

As per 'Statos Boring Brother', above - We've got to wear the Old Gold and Black on the run in.

Why are we going with the flow re changing kits at the drop of a hat anyway ?

What's the point in having a beautiful, unusual, set of colours if we swop them at the least opportunity ?

And the change strip's awful.

Keep it up, Kenny and Co.

The Wolves !

Stearmans overhead kick

Like a few around me relieved to see the first goal go in to be honest,,Although we looked pretty comfortable they frustrated us a bit like Shrewsbury did first half, Sako looked busy I thought. But 2 goals for, And another clean sheet in any division is impressive So an award for a team and not a player would be more fitting,Well done to all the Wolves pitchside.

Mpear3118

Awesome!!! Another clean sheet and a solid win against a team that can cause problems for any team in this division. I wish I could witness these games but I have to do what I can to keep in touch from Tampa, Florida. This is becoming a memorable season for the team I have supported for 55 years.

I hope the Club has something special planned for this squad especially our keepers and the back four who have kept it together all season.

KJ will need a statue outside the Mol if we go up. He has brought a belief back into the town and the Club that has been missing for far too long. Hopefully, our Ownership will give him the support he needs to take us back to the promised land.

Come on you Wolves!!,

baza

Yet another outstanding performance from the boys,not far to go now just keep going and do not worry about other teams, take it one game at a time and we will get the promotion that KJ & the team deserve.

COME ON ME BABBIES.

ELDERVO

Another reason to get the contract drawn up for Stears. Great show by all accounts on the back of two lacklustre performances, one more win I reckon will do us.

Looking increasingly likely we won't get the chance to play our friends down the road next season, well done to them, an excellent win at a time of great pressure. (but don't tell them that ! lol)

UTW

kenco

i look like the cheshire cat this season :)

Lets keep our feet on the ground though and lets become the best we can where ever we end up over the next 5 years let be feared instead of fearing others. Wolves aye we!!!

Ps theres nothing promising about the promised land unless you are successful!!!!

tesswoody

Brilliant result. Well done Wolves.

Hold fast and reap the reward!

Sheer bliss!

UTW

Buckswolf

Great performance and result today

Small point to the E&Sbut

Shutout = American

Clean sheet = English

Rant over

UTW

Winnipeg Wolf

Great to see, not a lot to dislike about this season so far. Also whilst its difficult to watch the games from here its seems from the reports that Stearman and Edwards are making big contributions - the new Jody Craddocks (can't think of a midfield equivalent who went from bad to good - can someone help me out?)

Not important, but I agree with some others that this is probably the worst away kit in my lifetime. And 2nd worst full stop behind our tyre skid marks one from 90's

jas_manku1

I shall be supporting Sheffield UK on Tuesday, Bradford on Friday and Gillingham on Saturday. I'm not worried as we will beat Crewe next week and get at least a draw against Rotherham and Orient. COYW.

AucklandKiwiWolf

Well done Wolves!.I reckon that a win at Crewe + not losing against Rotherham and we are virtually promoted as we have a superior goal difference.Once that is sorted,let's go on to win the title.

southbankwolfie

Danny batths first goal, correct me if I am wrong guys, but danny scored at rotherham in 3 3 draw

Stokewolf64

Southbankwolfie: he did mate, got the first, another header...

UTW

paul

Great win, and held the ball better than any side i have seen for years, Mac is the key with Price doing the fetch ball, a bit more noise needed from the fans as it went a little flat at times, 30.000 at the Rotherham game would be great as i think it will be the day we go up.

The Flying Winger

Another step towards the finishing line, a good performance and the feature of the season with goals from other parts of the team than the strikers.

Another good performance from Stearman who has come to the fore again this season.

Please only Gold & Black strip now not that awful away one whatever colour it is!!!!!

Solentwolves

So delighted - well done, Kenny and the squad. UTW

Albrightondek

Wolves did a professional job on Peterborough. A few months ago this was a club that was one of our main rivals for promotion. The scoreline was actually slightly flattering to Peterborough as they only had one serious attempt at goal. It was easy peasy.

And so on to Crewe. For the first time in my life I will be going to an away match on the train. All aboard the Golden Express.

hungryliketheWolf

Why am i going into these game so nervous? I really have no need to. Wolves are restricting the opposition to virtually nothing during the 90 mins, They consistently look threatening with almost every attack. Over the last few years I think I must of emotionally detached myself from wolves. But this year all of a sudden I'm like a kid going to my first match again. I get so excited evry friday or monday night looking forward to the next days game. It's great.

I think Sako did have an off day yesterday but still managed to set up the second goal with a great free kick and really causes their full back and covering central defenders concern, which in turn frees up other midfield players. His contribution isn't just on the ball it's the distraction he is to the opposition as well.

Golbourne consitently brilliant, Never gets caught out of position and links up attacking play with whoever plays in front of him.

An all round honest squad of players and a loy to watch.

Thank you Kenny, Thank you Wolves. Enjoying my football again. COYW

wolverhampton70

Only been to a few games this season but I was very impressed by the quality of football shown by the Wolves on Sat it reminded me of a Tv game a few seasons ago against Swansea when we were passed off the field by Swansea. For all those who say its only Div 3 you can only beat what is in front of you and I am sure that when this side gets promotion it is good enough to be a hit in the Championship.Keep up the good work ALL of you at the Mol. Cmon on me babbies

shirley

My first visit yesterday since the travesty against Burnley at the end of last season. What a contrast. A stadium filled with hope unlike the despair I encountered last time. Even better was the thrill of seeing a team playing football with the ball on the ground. Jackett has clearly done a great job A number of very good performances and Baath looked very impressive. The next captain obviously. I came away elated. Thank you Mr Jackett for restoring my faith in a club I have supported for over sixty years.

John Shirley

derbyshirewolf

Couldn't be at the game yesterday: wedding duties.---- I'll be at crewe next Saturday though. It is an interesting debate developing as to who should be player of the season. My own view, for what it is worth , is that every good team has to be built, first and foremost, on a solid defence. Therefore, as to who you choose from the back four really is tough one. The middle two, Stears and D.B. have been rock solid for most of the year, and have played a passing game out of defence. Golbourne is revelatory! I have waxed lyrical about him for most of the season. However, my pick, after a lot of thought, is Samuel Ricketts. Like K.J., he is quietly influential, has steadied the ship, and brings the best out of those around him. No small wonder he was K.J.'s first purchase. Leadership par excellence!

Sir Billy Quiet

JIWAL where are you?

Ye Olde South Bank

When Wolves are on their game, they're different class, as Posh found out. Well done, Kenny and his boys. It's slightly disappointing we didn't get the 3 or 4 goals our approach work merited, and it's a pity about that missed penalty, but hey, 3pts is 3pts!

Never mind all those victories and 23 clean sheets , so far. No, it's been brilliant seeing some good, honest football played by some good, honest teams this season. In short, what a refreshing change it's been from that corrupt Premier League status we all seem to covet.

In some ways, at least I'm going to miss this 'division from hell' because, overall, it's been anything but. On the contrary, it's been the embryo room for Wolves' recovery. UTW.