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Parity With Posh


00:52 23rd July 2014

Friendly draw at London Road.

Peterborough United 2 (Vassell 15, McCann-pen 54)

Wolves 2 (Clarke 24, Edwards 78)

Goals from Leon Clarke, his fifth from just four friendly games, and Dave Edwards, earned Wolves a draw against a competitive Peterborough United side at London Road with Darren Ferguson’s team twice having took the lead.

There was an early chance for James Henry whose attempt to curl the ball inside the far post was wide after Bakary Sako had slipped a short pass to him.

Sako was involved again in the sixth minute with a through ball to Nouha Dicko that Joe Day took at the striker’s feet. The keeper then lost possession but quickly atoned as he blocked Dicko’s attempt to find the net with James Henry firing the loose ball high over the bar.

Day punched clear a dangerous cross from Sako and, seconds later, got down to save an angled shot from the winger.

With their first serious goal attempt of the game, Posh took the lead. Kyle Vassell appeared to barge Richard Stearman off the ball as the pair chased down Jermaine Anderson’s through pass. But the referee played on and with the defender on the floor Vassell was allowed to get in an angled drive that flew into the far corner.

Day parried a curling effort from Henry but the keeper was beaten in the 24th minute. Kevin McDonald’s driving run took him deep into the Peterborough half before he slipped the ball wide to Dicko and his precision centre was deftly headed home by Leon Clarke (pictured).

Three minutes later Clarke got his head to a Henry cross but this time the ball went over the bar.

Scott Golbourne ventured forward and played a one-two with Sako before hitting a low cross in to Dicko whose shot was blocked by Ricardo Santos.    

With the last move of the half, Sako picked out Dicko with a crossfield pass and the striker hit a right-footed drive that was inches wide of the far post.

Half-Time: Posh 1 Wolves 1

The early exchanges of the second half saw Carl Ikeme plucking Vassell’s cross out of the air, and Sako shooting high and wide at the other end .

Posh retook the lead in the 54th minute after Stearman tripped Vassell in the box and Grant McCann beat Ikeme from the spot.

A great piece of work from Sako almost resulted in an immediate response from Wolves as he took the ball from deep inside his own half and rode some wild tackles on a run that took him 25-yards out from substitute Bobby Olejnik’s goal. 

Sako laid the ball into the path of Henry who let fly with a low shot that was only just wide of the back stick.

In the 63rd minute Peterborough introduced nine substitutes and in the 70th Wolves made six changes to their own team.

One of the new men, Matt Doherty, hit a low centre across the face of the United goal with no team-mate on hand to deliver the touch that was needed.

But an equaliser did arrive 12 minutes from the end. McDonald played a ball into the area and Golbourne pulled it back from the by-line for Edwards to convert from point blank range.

And it took a good save from Olejnik just before the end to deny Edwards a second goal and a winner for Wolves.

Posh: Day (Olejnik 45), Drury, Ntlhe, Brisley, McCann (capt), Vassell, Anderson, Newell (Ferdinand 35), Ajose, Santos, Barnett.

Posh (63 minutes): Baldwin, Bostwick, Payne, Assombalonga, Washington, Conlon, Duggan, Richens, Zakuani (just Olejnik and Ferdinand remained on the field as Posh made nine changes).

Wolves: Ikeme (Flatt 70), Ricketts (capt), Golbourne, McDonald, Stearman (Doherty 70), Batth, Henry (Van La Parra 70), Price (Evans 70), Clarke (Reid 85), Dicko (Edwards 70), Sako (Jacobs 70).

Unused sub: Iorfa.

Referee: S. Martin.

Attendance:  1,956 (327 away supporters).

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