Peterborough moved off the foot of the Championship with an emphatic win over Wolves at Molineux.

Darren Ferguson's side withstood early pressure from the hosts before Lee Tomlin struck to take the lead.

Tommy Rowe doubled the advantage two minutes before half-time, while Dwight Gayle wrapped things up with the third after 69 minutes.

Peterborough's third consecutive win sees them move above Barnsley and Bristol City.

Wolves tried to make home advantage count early on, with Roger Johnson denied at a corner by a smart save from Peterborough goalkeeper Robert Olejnik.

The visitors held firm before going ahead in the 17th minute, Tomlin pouncing from close range when Wolves failed to deal with a Joe Newell cross.

George Boyd put a chance to double the lead just three minutes later a long way over the bar, while Olejnik blocked a chance that fell to Wolves's Kevin Doyle six yards out.

Doyle twice came close to equalising before Peterborough went further ahead on 43 minutes, Rowe firing the ball home from 20 yards.

Jermaine Pennant came close to pulling one back for the hosts after half-time, but Gayle put Peterborough within touching distance of victory when he met Mark Little's cross with 69 minutes gone.

It was the striker's sixth goal in seven appearances since moving to London Road from Dagenham and Redbridge on loan, a deal that will be made permanent in early January.

Wolves manager Stale Solbakken: "Rather than pointing fingers at the players I will take the blame myself.

"Sometimes when one, two or three players have an off day you can explain it. But I think I saw seven, eight or nine players have a really bad day with the ball.

"Defensively we were vulnerable to counter-attacks and I didn't see any belief after it was 2-0."

Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson: "I played here at Wolves for five years and I know what the place is like, not many teams come here and win 3-0.

"The two key moments were the second goal before half-time and getting the third which killed the game off and then we saw it out quite comfortably.

"Now this consistency has to remain for us to get out of trouble."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Wolverhampton

  • 13 Ikeme
  • 11 Ward (Sigurdarson - 46' )
  • 14 Johnson
  • 16 Berra
  • 32 Foley
  • 08 Henry
  • 10 Sako
  • 20 Pennant Booked (Davis - 76' )
  • 28 Doumbia
  • 09 Ebanks-Blake (O'Hara - 76' )
  • 29 Doyle

Substitutes

  • 31 De Vries
  • 05 Stearman
  • 25 Batth
  • 24 O'Hara
  • 26 Davis
  • 27 Forde
  • 15 Sigurdarson

Peterborough United

  • 01 Olejnik
  • 05 Zakuani
  • 19 Little
  • 06 Bostwick
  • 14 Rowe
  • 17 Newell (Ferdinand - 81' )
  • 20 Knight-Percival
  • 33 Thorne (McCann - 86' )
  • 08 Tomlin (Swanson - 81' )
  • 10 Boyd
  • 34 Gayle

Substitutes

  • 13 Day
  • 03 Alcock
  • 04 Brisley
  • 07 Swanson
  • 11 McCann
  • 16 Kearns
  • 18 Ferdinand
Ref: Mark Heywood
Att: 23,033

Match Stats

Shots

11 11

On target

7 7

Corners

8 4

Fouls

5 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:02 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +3:45

Centre by David Davis, Grant McCann gets a block in.

90:00 +1:24

Unfair challenge on Kevin Doyle by Michael Bostwick results in a free kick. Bakary Sako restarts play with the free kick. The ball is crossed by Bakary Sako, Christophe Berra takes a shot. Michael Bostwick gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Bakary Sako from the right by-line, clearance by Mark Little.

87:12

Mark Little takes a shot. Christophe Berra gets a block in. Short corner worked by George Boyd.

86:46

David Davis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on George Boyd. Free kick taken by Grant McCann.

85:37 Substitution

Substitution George Thorne goes off and Grant McCann comes on.

80:45 Substitution

Substitution Lee Tomlin goes off and Danny Swanson comes on.

80:45 Substitution

Substitution Joe Newell goes off and Kane Ferdinand comes on.

79:38

Bakary Sako takes a corner.

77:50

George Boyd concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamie O'Hara. Bakary Sako crosses the ball in from the free kick. David Davis sends in a cross, Michael Bostwick manages to make a clearance.

77:26

Mark Little gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bakary Sako. Direct free kick taken by Bakary Sako.

74:40

Free kick crossed right-footed by George Boyd from right channel, clearance made by Kevin Foley.

74:40 Substitution

Substitution Jamie O'Hara on for Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.

74:40 Substitution

Substitution David Davis replaces Jermaine Pennant.

74:40 Booking

Booking The referee shows Jermaine Pennant a yellow card.

74:29

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Little by Jermaine Pennant.

71:41

Lee Tomlin takes a short corner.

68:38

The assist for the goal came from Mark Little.

68:38 Goal scored

Goal! - Dwight Gayle - Wolves 0 - 3 Peterboro Dwight Gayle finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Wolverhampton 0-3 Peterborough.

68:31

Mark Little delivers the ball,

62:33

The ball is delivered by Karl Henry, clearance by Gabriel Zakuani.

60:14

The ball is delivered by Bjorn Sigurdarson, Headed effort from inside the area by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake misses to the left of the target.

59:38

Centre by Bjorn Sigurdarson, save by Robert Olejnik.

58:46

Tommy Rowe crosses the ball, Header on goal by Joe Newell from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

57:49

Dwight Gayle has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

57:00

Dwight Gayle concedes a free kick for a foul on Roger Johnson. Roger Johnson restarts play with the free kick.

54:49

The ball is delivered by Bjorn Sigurdarson.

53:45

Jermaine Pennant fouled by Mark Little, the ref awards a free kick. Christophe Berra takes the free kick.

53:21

Tommy Rowe produces a cross, save made by Carl Ikeme.

49:42

Bakary Sako produces a cross, clearance made by Michael Bostwick. Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Jermaine Pennant goes wide of the right-hand upright.

49:25

The ball is crossed by Tongo Doumbia, Michael Bostwick manages to make a clearance.

47:02

Lee Tomlin takes a shot. Save made by Carl Ikeme.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Stephen Ward goes off and Bjorn Sigurdarson comes on.

45:00 +2:06 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +1:52

The official flags Lee Tomlin offside. Christophe Berra takes the free kick.

45:00 +0:43

Tongo Doumbia challenges George Boyd unfairly and gives away a free kick. George Thorne restarts play with the free kick.

42:25

The assist for the goal came from George Boyd.

42:25 Goal scored

Goal! - Tommy Rowe - Wolves 0 - 2 Peterboro A goal is scored by Tommy Rowe from just outside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Wolverhampton 0-2 Peterborough.

39:12

Kevin Doyle takes a shot. Robert Olejnik makes a save. Jermaine Pennant takes the outswinging corner, Stephen Ward takes a shot. Robert Olejnik makes a save. Outswinging corner taken by Jermaine Pennant from the right by-line. Bakary Sako takes a shot. Save made by Robert Olejnik. Corner taken left-footed by Bakary Sako from the left by-line, Kevin Doyle takes a shot. Michael Bostwick gets a block in.

38:28

Joe Newell takes a shot. Blocked by Roger Johnson.

36:14

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Bostwick by Bakary Sako. Robert Olejnik restarts play with the free kick.

32:02

The ball is delivered by Bakary Sako, blocked by Michael Bostwick. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Karl Henry by Lee Tomlin. Jermaine Pennant has an effort direct from the free kick.

30:54

The ball is delivered by George Boyd, Roger Johnson manages to make a clearance.

27:43

Free kick awarded for a foul by George Thorne on Tongo Doumbia. Bakary Sako delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.

23:35

Corner taken by Jermaine Pennant, Roger Johnson takes a shot. Kevin Doyle takes a shot. Save by Robert Olejnik.

22:38

Jermaine Pennant fouled by Joe Newell, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kevin Foley.

21:27

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Lee Tomlin, Roger Johnson manages to make a clearance.

19:53

The ball is sent over by George Thorne, Shot from deep inside the area by George Boyd goes over the bar.

19:09

Outswinging corner taken by George Boyd, Roger Johnson manages to make a clearance.

16:06

Assist on the goal came from Joe Newell.

16:06 Goal scored

Goal! - Lee Tomlin - Wolves 0 - 1 Peterboro Lee Tomlin grabs a goal from inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Wolverhampton 0-1 Peterborough.

12:39

Michael Bostwick gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sylvan Ebanks-Blake. Free kick taken by Kevin Doyle.

11:15

Unfair challenge on Jermaine Pennant by Joe Newell results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jermaine Pennant.

10:15

Foul by Karl Henry on Lee Tomlin, free kick awarded. George Boyd takes the direct free kick.

9:23

Dwight Gayle takes a shot. Carl Ikeme makes a save.

8:26

The ball is swung over by Jermaine Pennant, Nathaniel Knight-Percival makes a clearance.

5:08

Corner taken right-footed by Jermaine Pennant, Roger Johnson takes a shot. Save made by Robert Olejnik. Corner taken by Bakary Sako.

3:18

Shot by Dwight Gayle from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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