Wolves 2 Peterborough United 0

If Wolves control their five remaining opponents in the same dominant fashion as this victory, promotion and the League One title are a formality.

Wolves Boro

But it seems unlikely that Crewe, Rotherham, Leyton Orient, Coventry and Carlisle will roll over quite as readily as Peterborough did yesterday.

Sure, Fergie’s side were compact and well organised for 45 minutes, but after Danny Batth powered the home side ahead, victory never looked in doubt.

Unusually for Posh, they were toothless in attack and rarely threatened to deny Wolves a record equaling 23rd cleansheet of the season.

Free scoring Britt Assombalonga cut an isolated figure throughout and got little change out of Wolves’ dominant centre-half pairing.

Dave Edwards’ decisive second goal, scuffing home from a typically bullet-like Sako free-kick, killed the contest, allowing Wolves to shift down through the gears in the final 20 minutes.

In fact it was only after Sako’s overly enthusiastic penalty cannoned off the top of the bar that Boro showed any sort of menace.

Carl Ikeme’s flying save from a well-struck thirty yarder ensured a ten minute spell of pressure petered out to nothing.

His opposite number Bobby Olejnik had by this time denied Wolves a more resounding victory with elastic saves from Ricketts, Dicko and Sako.

Fortunately, goal difference doesn’t look like being a decisive factor with Wolves now 20 better off than Brentford and Rotherham. It’s effectively another point.

The only minor blotch on another highly satisfying Saturday was the useful wins our closest rivals collected.

But with a comfortable points cushion and Wolves showing few signs of stuttering in the home straight, what the other sides do remains immaterial.

It’s all in our hands.

Wolves Vs Peterborough Preview

It seemed inconceivable back in August that Peterborough wouldn’t be challenging for the top two.

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Their form at the end of last season was remarkable and only a great escape from Barnsley saw them relegated on the final day.

The summer signing of Britt Asombalonga and a rapid start to the campaign suggested they’d be the team to watch.

It hasn’t happened though and inconsistency has dogged their progress throughout.

Peterborough

Peterborough logoA Wembley win in last weekend’s JPT final could be the catalyst Darren Ferguson’s side need to go on and secure promotion through the play-offs.

A midweek win over Colchester means they now have a four point lead over Swindon in seventh, still with a game in hand.

Away form has been a problem for the Posh and they’ve lost 10 matches on their travels already. None of the five teams above them have lost more than three.

The danger man is undoubtedly Assombalonga who has 29 goals this season. You suspect he’ll be playing at a higher level next year regardless of what division his current employers occupy.

Wolves

In the sense that it was top against bottom, a draw at Stevenage looks like a missed opportunity. But with the team now battling against a points requirement as much as the chasing pack, I see it as a valuable step towards the finishing line.

Wolves team for Peterborough

With James Henry likely to miss out it would be a useful time for Bakary Sako to regain fitness. Kenny said he was hopeful so fingers crossed.

Without Henry or Sako you worry there could be a supply issue. It’s already been suggested that a narrower shape might need to be employed without flying wingers at our disposal.

But if the trip to Sheffield United a few weeks taught me anything it’s that the team sheet isn’t everything. It’s about how the players slot together and exercise the game plan.

I have every faith Wolves will be well prepared, as they usually are these days.

The gaffer

Predicitions

Still playing catch up with the PL but midweek was a low scoring affair with most believing we’d win.

I think this will be a tough game against a side that might see this as a no pressure fixture.

They still need points to secure that play-off place but with a four point cushion, a game in hand and easier fixtures to come, they might try and enjoy this one.

I’d back our best team to beat anyone but I don’t think tomorrow will be our best team so it’s a hard one to call.

I’ll go for a score draw.

2-2.

Up The Wolves

Peterborough United 1 Wolves 0

Some results seem obvious in hindsight and this defeat slots snugly into that category.

Wolves Peterborough

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true and a 14 point lead over Peterborough sounded bloody marvelous to me.

As it is, Posh have clawed back valuable ground, whilst Orient’s useful late point was enough to again usurp Wolves from the summit.

That’s more like the real world.

Still, Kenny Jackett can reflect on some poor fortune and missed opportunities as Wolves finally surrendered their undefeated away record.

Mark Little opted to catch a Sako cross early on, which somehow failed to suitably convince the ideally placed referee that a penalty should be awarded. Kenny probably knew what destiny had in store from the point on.

In a scrappy game of few chances, Sako was the major threat, bursting into good positions but never quite finding the right final ball.

Posh struggled for invention, but struck the one decisive blow. It was a well hit free-kick from Michael Bostwick, but the sight of a scattering wall is something that will no doubt feature prominently in Monday’s postmortem.

Carl Ikeme’s been saving shots like that all season, which have often been the difference between victory and disappointment. A victim of his own high standards, he might feel he could have kept it out.

The defeat is a painful one, but with a two week gap to regroup and a formidable six point barrier still providing top two comfort, things could be worse.

What’s important is that one bad result, from a game that could have drifted either way, doesn’t turn into a slump.

A repeat of the 11-game unbeaten run that followed our last league defeat to Walsall would do nicely.

But even without the gift of hindsight, that’s probably optimistic.

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