Wolves 2 (Batth 48, Edwards 68)
Peterborough United 0
Goals from Danny Batth and Dave Edwards over Johnstone’s Paint Trophy winners Peterborough United edged Wolves closer to promotion with just seven points from the remaining five games needed to ensure Championship football at Molineux next season.
Kenny Jackett’s men could even afford the luxury of a missed Bakary Sako penalty in what ended in a comfortable victory over Posh.
Nouha Dicko and Jack Price returned to the starting line up in place of Leon Clarke, who was named as a substitute, and the injured James Henry.
The visitors kicked-off attacking the South Bank end and although Wolves enjoyed the vast amount of the possession in the opening minutes, the first goal attempt went to Britt Ossombalonga whose shot struck team-mate Danny Swanson in the back an bounced to safety.
A dangerous cross from Samuel Ricketts went through to the far side and when Scott Golbourne returned the ball to the middle, keeper Bobby Olejnik was there to claim.
The pressure on the Peterborough goal intensified and from a Sako centre the ball was half cleared to Price whose shot was deflected for a corner.
A Michael Jacobs run opened up a chance for Dicko but his shot was blocked and Olejnik made a good save when Sako latched onto the loose ball.
The keeper bravely dived at Dicko’s feet after good work by Edwards had given Sako the chance to lift the ball into the box, and then Shaun Brisley cleared a short, driven cross from Sako from inside the six-yard box.
Posh won their first corner of the game in the 37th minute but Batth was there to head away Swanson’s flag-kick.
Richard Stearman was penalised for a foul on Assombalonga and after Grant McCann’s free-kick had been deflected to Swanson, Stearman was the man in the way to block the midfielder’s shot.
Half-Time: Wolves 0 Peterborough 0
Within three minutes of the restart, Wolves moved into a deserved lead. Jacobs played a short corner to Ricketts and his centre was bulleted into the net by the head of Batth.
The popular defender was booked for lifting his shirt over his head even though he didn’t actually remove it.
Shortly afterwards, McCann was also shown the yellow card for bringing down Edwards who was in full flight.
A thrusting run from Dicko almost resulted in a second goal. He took the ball from the halfway line outpacing his marker before cutting inside and hitting a drive that drew a fine save from Olejnik.
Another Jacob’s corner saw Batth charging in once more but this time Olejnik was first to the ball. Then Edwards dived full length but failed to get on the end of a curling cross from Jacobs.
A low 20-yard effort from Jacobs went straight to Olejnik before a determined piece of work from Ricketts saw him dispossess Posh substitute Nathaniel Knight-Percival on the right touchline and race into the box.
The skipper’s first shot bounced back off Brisley and then another good save from Olejnik stopped Ricketts from registering his first goal for the club as he followed up.
Osombalonga headed over after a Tommy Rowe cross before Wolves moved into a two goal lead in the 68th minute after Dicko had been fouled 22-yards out.
Sako’s free-kick was touched onto the post by Olejnik and Edwards quickly took advantage steering the ball home from close range (pictured).
Home appeals for a penalty after Dicko had gone down under a challenge from Michael Bostwick were ignored but, when the same two players were involved again in the 73rd minute, this time the verdict went Wolves’ way.
The French winger’s kick had plenty of power in it but it was too high with the ball clipping the ball as it went over.
Carl Ikeme pulled off a brilliant save to thwart Bostwick in the 81st minute after he had delivered a stinging goalbound shot from 30-yards.
After Knight-Percival had been booked for a late challenge on Jacobs, former Wolf Mark Little drove a low cross through the goalmouth.
That was the only real danger in the closing minutes as Wolves held on for yet another clean sheet – their 23rd of the season which equals a club record set in 1923/4 season.
Wolves: Ikeme, Ricketts, Golbourne, McDonald, Batth (capt), Stearman, Edwards (Evans 90+2), Price, Dicko (Clarke 89), Sako (McAlinden 84), Jacobs.
Unused subs: McCarey, Elokobi, Ebanks-Landell, Bancessi.
Bookings: Batth (48 – celebration).
Posh: Olejnik, Assombalonga, Rowe (capt), Payne (Knight-Percival 55), Swanson (Isgrove 45), McCann, Bostwick, Brisley, Little, McQuoid (Ajose 52), Washington,
Unused subs: Day, Anderson, Vassell, Baldwin.
Bookings: McCann (51 – foul), Knight-Percival (86 – foul)..
Referee: J. Linington.
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