Championship report: So the misery goes on for Peterborough United...
Posh slumped to a seventh successive Championship defeat in as predictable a match as you’ll ever find. It leaves them seven points from the dream land of safety.
Once again the city club triggered their own downfall by unforgivably offering a helping hand to an opposing team boasting Premier League experience and a stack of international footballers.
Today it was Grant McCann’s turn to hand the visitors the initiative on a plate just after the half-hour mark.
McCann gifted Wolves possession seconds before his attempts to make amends led to him tripping Sylvain Ebanks-Blake and conceding a match-changing penalty.
And the Wolves frontman who earned the spot-kick quickly converted it by slamming past Bobby Olejnik.
Like Millwall, Leeds and Bristol City before them, Wolves then went on to claim victory at London Road without ever having to play at full tilt.
Posh were arguably lucky not to concede another spot-kick moments later when Kgosi Ntlhe appeared to help the immense Tongo Doumbia on his way down to the deck, but referee Andy Haines was thankfully, from the hosts’ points of view, unmoved.
Wolves finally put Posh out of their misery with eight minutes to go as substitute striker Bjorn Siguardarson latched onto a Kevin Doyle flick and swept the ball past the on-rushing Olejnik.
In between Posh did pose the odd threat, but they never looked capable of breaking through.
Nathaniel Mendez-Laing’s dithering allowed a glorious opportunity against his old club to go begging early in the second half.
Mendez-Laing declined the chance to pull the trigger and instead attempted to trick his way between two defenders - a task doomed to failure from the outset - after substitute Kane Ferdinand had forced the ball into his path.
Ferdinand arrived at the interval for McCann whose withdrawal was solely down to a dismal display in the first half rather than a recent calf problem.
Tyrone Barnett then stung the palms of Wolves keeper Carl Ikeme from a tight angle but there was nothing else to cheer until substitute George Boyd (a man dropped in favour of youngster Joe Newell) brought Ikeme back into action in stoppage time.
Barnett had also steered a good headed chance well wide just behind Posh fell behind but attacks from the home side rarely reached a point where an effort on goal was possible.
This was another performance riddled with poor passing from a group of players who rarely seem to be on the same wavelength in the final third of the pitch.
Whatever the system and personnel, the result appears to be the same. Posh just aren’t good enough as they fight a losing battle at this level.
A last, desperate throw of the dice saw 16 year-old striker Jaanai Gordon sent on for the final 15 minutes. He received the nod despite Emile Sinclair being sat alongside him on the bench. Presumably Sinclair has upset his manager at some point.
Posh boss Darren Ferguson spent four pretty happy years as a Wolves player. That didn’t stop the visiting fans blasting out a few bars of ‘you’re getting sacked in the morning’ as this match petered out towards it’s painful conclusion.
That won’t be happening. What Fergie will be doing in the morning is racking his brain as to how this disastrous season can be turned around.
Posh: Olejnik, Little, Ntlhe, Zakuani, Knight-Percival, Mendez-Laing, Bostwick, McCann (Ferdinand 46mins), Newell (Gordon 74mins), Barnett, Tomlin (Boyd 61mins). Unused subs: Day, Alcock, Brisley, Sinclair.
Wolves: Ikeme, Foley (Stearman 81mins), Berra, Johnson, Ward, Peszko (Boukari 60mins), Henry, Doumbia, Sako, Doyle, Ebanks-Blake (Sigurdarson 66mins). Unused subs: De Vries, Edwards, Hunt, Margreitter.
Goals: Wolves – Ebanks-Blake (33, pen), Siguardarson (82).
Bookings: Posh – McCann (foul), Little (foul). Wolves - Henry (foul), Boukari (foul).
Referee: Andy Haines (Tyne & Wear).
Attendance: 9820 (2758 away).
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