Peterborough United 0
Wolves 2 (Ebanks-Blake-pen 32, Sigurdarson 82)
Wolves cruised to a comfortable victory over struggling Peterborough to record their third win in a week and move up to fifth in the Championship table.
Ståle Solbakken made four changes to the team that started against Ipswich in midweek. Sylvan Ebanks-Blake returned in place of Björn Sigurdarson, there was a first start of the season for Kevin Foley who replaced Richard Stearman, and Tongo Doumbia and Slawomir Peszko took the places of Razak Boukari and Dave Edwards.
Wolves kicked-off defending the terraced end of London Road that housed the majority of the 2,500 supporters that had made the trip from Wolverhampton.
Lee Tomlin had two early attempts at goal. His first, from distance, was a ground shot that went well wide before he struck a curling effort from just outside the box that Carl Ikeme got his body behind.
A teasing cross from Bakary Sako fizzed across the face of the goal with nobody able to get a touch and after former Wolves defender Mark Little had fouled Doumbia to the left of the Boro box, Sako’s low, driven free-kick was booted clear by a defender.
On 25 minutes Tongo crossed from the left but when Kevin Doyle headed the ball back into the six-yard box, Posh keeper Bobby Olejnik claimed. Doumbia fired wide with a long distance shot and then Ebanks-Blake tried a low drive from 22-yards that Olejnik did well to hold.
From a Little centre Tyrone Barnett glanced a header wide before Wolves moved into a 32nd minute lead. Ebanks-Blake was tripped by Grant McCann as he ran into the Posh area and the striker picked himself up to drill home the resultant penalty. Four minute later Doyle was close to adding a second when he took a pass from Peszko and hit a low shot that had Olejnik floundering as the ball just missed the post.
Seconds later there was the chance of a second penalty for the visitors when Dioumbia went down under a challenge from Kgosi Ntlhe, but the referee wasn’t interested. In the 38th minute, Peszko passed the ball back to Foley who played it inside for Doyle to hit a shot that Olejni c turned over at his near post.
Then Peszko looked like getting in on the act himself until Gabriel Zakuani tackled as the Pole shot allowing Olejnik to claim a half hit shot. The Austriian then made a fine save as he held on to Sako’s low drive.
In stoppage time a Sako free-kick fell to Ebanks-Blake but his shot went straight into the arms of the keeper.
Half-Time: Posh 0 Wolves 1
Another former Molineux Academy graduate, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, had the first opportunity of the second half when he broke into the box with Christophe Berra blocking and allowing Ikeme to claim at Mendez-Laing’s feet.
Then the striker set up Barnett whose low shot drew a fine save from Ikeme.
Karl Henry picked up a harsh booking for an innocuous challenge on Michael Bostwick before both sides made a series of substitutions with Boukari and Sigurdarson replacing Peszko and Ebanks-Blake respectively for Wanderers.
Boro substitute, George Boyd, wasn’t far away with a long distance shot before Wolves went two up in the 82nd minute.
Ikeme’s long clearance was flicked on by Doyle to Sigurdarson who drew the keeper before flicking an angled shot into the net for his first Wolves goal. Every outfield player sprinted to the Icelandic striker to offer their congratulations.
In the closing stages Barnett was narrowly wide with a cross-shot and Boyd forced a fine save from Ikeme in stoppage time. But Wolves held out comfortably for three well deserved points.
Peterborough: Olejnik, Zakuani (capt), Bostwick, Tomlin (Boyd 61), Barnett, McCann (Ferdinand 45), Newell (Gordon 75), Little, Knight-Percival, Ntlhe, Mendez-Laing.
Unused subs: Day, Alcock, Brisley, Boyd, Sinclair, Ferdinand, Gordon.
Bookings: McCann (32 – foul), Little (45+1 foul).
Wolves: Ikeme, Foley (Stearman 81), Ward, Henry (capt), Berra, Johnson, Peszko (Boukari 60), Doumbis, Ebanks-Blake (Sigurdarson 66), Doyle, Sako.
Unused subs: De Vries, Edwards, Hunt, Margreitter.
Bookings: Henry (60 – foul), Bakari (89 – foul).
Referee: A. Haines.
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