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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
18:03 30th November 2013

Posh Edge Tight Encounter

Peterborough United 1 (Bostwick 79)

Wolves 0

Wolves slipped to only their second League defeat of the season as a late Michael Bostwick free-kick proved to be the deciding factor in a virtually chanceless encounter with Peterborough United at London Road.

Peterborough kicked-off attacking the end of the ground behind the goal that wasn’t in use and the first opportunity of the game fell to Leigh Griffiths whose early shot was well wide of the mark.

For the home side, Lee Tomlin was off target before Peterborough looked lucky to survive a penalty appeal when Mark Little appeared to handle Bakary Sako’s centre. Whilst the Wolves supporters howled for what looked an obvious spot-kick, the home fans seemed to breathe a sigh of relief as the referee waved play on after making a poor decision.

Griiffiths was wide with a shot on the turn and a Sako free-kick bounced to safety off the defensive wall after Shaun Brisley had been pulled up for  a challenge on Michael Jacobs just outside the box.

Wolves were looking the more dangerous team and Griffiths headed over after a cross from Jacobs midway through the first-half.

In the 31st minute a crossfield pass from Kevin McDonald picked out Samuel Ricketts and home keeper Bobby Olejnik dived to save a low shot from the Wanderers skipper.

Former Molineux defender Little fired over the bar and Olejnic saved from Sako as play continued to switch from end to end.

Just before the break Danny Batth headed wide following a cross from Scott Golbourne.

Half-Time; Posh 0 Wolves 0 

As play resumed after the break, a Tomlin free-kick bounced to safety off the wall and Griffiths was wide from distance after Sako had slipped the ball inside to him.

A Tomlin corner was cleared and when Sako lifted a ball into a crowded area  the danger was cleared by the home defence.

Björn Sigurdarson went on as a replacement for Doyle shortly before a shot from Ricketts was blocked. 

On the hour mark Darren Ferguson made a double switch with another former Wolves Academy graduate, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, and Kane Ferdinand, coming on for Jermaine Anderson and Tyrone Barnett.

Olejnik just beat Griffiths to a long through ball into the box before a Sako shot went straight to the keeper after a cross from Jacobs.

Stearman’s challenge on Mendez-Laing in the 78th minute led to a booking for the defender and what turned out to be the winning goal for the home side.

Some 22-yards out, Bostwick ran up and drilled a low shot that went through the wall and beat Carl Ikeme who, like his Peterborough counterpart Olejnic, was probably enjoying the quietest game of the campaign. 

In the time that remained, Wolves pressed hard without threatening the home goal.

Posh:  Olejnik, Nthle, Brisley, Bostwick (capt), Payne, Tomlin, Vassell, Anderson (Mendez-Laing 60) , Ephraim, Barnett (Ferdinand 60), :Litte (Kight-Percival 45).

Unused subs: Day, Swanson, McCann, Jeffers.

Wolves: Ikeme, Golbourne, Ricketts (capt), McDonald, Batth, Stearman, Jacobs (Ismail 79), Edwards, Griffiths (Cassidy 79), Doyle (Sigardarson57), Sako.

Unused subs: Hennessey, Davis, Price, Ebanks-Landel.

Bookings:Stearman (78 – foul).

Referee: R. Madley.

Attendance: 8.170.

Wolves Academy Under 18s 1 (Keane) Blackburn Rovers 1

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