League One leaders Wolves moved a step closer towards promotion with victory over play-off hopefuls Peterborough.

The hosts saw Bakary Sako come close early on, while Posh's Conor Washington rounded the keeper but was forced wide.

Just after the break, Danny Batth's superb header from Sam Ricketts' cross put Wolves ahead, before Sako's free-kick was tapped in by Dave Edwards.

Sako then smashed against the bar from the penalty spot after Nouha Dicko was felled by Michael Bostwick.

Bostwick almost atoned for giving away the spot-kick, but his thunderous strike was tipped around the post by Carl Ikeme as the Molineux outfit extended their unbeaten run to five.

The victory could have been more emphatic had Boro keeper Bobby Olejnik not kept out Ricketts' fantastic effort at 1-0.

But it means Kenny Jackett's side are six points clear of second-placed Brentford and 12 clear of Rotherham, who both have a game in hand.

Meanwhile Peterborough maintain the final play-off berth, three points ahead of closest rivals MK Dons, with a game in hand.

Peterborough United boss Darren Ferguson told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire:

"They were the better team than us today, we were nowhere near them. You have to give them credit for that, that's why they're top of the league and that's why they'll probably go on and win the league.

"We made it easy for them. It was probably one of the more comfortable days they've had so that's a huge disappointment because we came here expecting to give them a game and on our top form we would have.

"I think the key to the game is, and it always will be for us, if you keep giving the ball back to the opposition, you're not going to win.

"I think I could have made changes (to the selection) and I didn't, I trusted them after Wednesday, which was an excellent performance, and like I say, I've got broad enough shoulders to take that responsibility."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • 13 Ikeme
  • 18 Ricketts
  • 26 Golbourne
  • 11 McDonald
  • 06 Batth Booked
  • 05 Stearman
  • 27 Jacobs
  • 04 Edwards (Evans - 92' )
  • 40 Dicko (Clarke - 89' )
  • 19 Price
  • 10 Sako (McAlinden - 84' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Elokobi
  • 09 Clarke
  • 14 Evans
  • 20 McAlinden
  • 23 Ebanks-Landell
  • 31 McCarey
  • 47 Bancessi

Peterborough United

  • 01 Olejnik
  • 31 Little
  • 14 Rowe
  • 11 McCann Booked
  • 04 Brisley
  • 06 Bostwick
  • 07 Swanson (Isgrove - 46' )
  • 08 Payne (Knight-Percival - 55' Booked )
  • 09 Assombalonga
  • 24 Washington
  • 36 McQuoid (Ajose - 52' )

Substitutes

  • 05 Baldwin
  • 12 Vassell
  • 13 Day
  • 15 Anderson
  • 20 Knight-Percival
  • 21 Ajose
  • 37 Isgrove
Ref: James Linington
Att: 23,204

Match Stats

Shots

14 5

On target

7 2

Corners

6 4

Fouls

8 18

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Peterborough United 0.

90:00 +4:37 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Peterborough United 0.

90:00 +3:28

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Sean Brisley.

90:00 +3:19

Attempt blocked. Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

90:00 +1:45

Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +1:45

Foul by Nicky Ajose (Peterborough United).

90:00 +1:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Lee Evans replaces David Edwards.

88:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Leon Clarke replaces Nouha Dicko.

85:13 Booking

Booking Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Peterborough United) is shown the yellow card.

85:05

Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:05

Foul by Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Peterborough United).

83:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Liam McAlinden replaces Bakary Sako.

82:32

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by David Edwards.

81:07

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Carl Ikeme.

80:56

Attempt saved. Michael Bostwick (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

79:59

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Scott Golbourne.

75:49

Richard Stearman (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

75:49

Foul by Conor Washington (Peterborough United).

75:10

Scott Golbourne (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

75:10

Foul by Conor Washington (Peterborough United).

72:54

Penalty missed! Still Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Peterborough United 0. Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) hits the bar with a left footed shot.

72:01

Penalty Wolverhampton Wanderers. Nouha Dicko draws a foul in the penalty area.

72:01

Penalty conceded by Michael Bostwick (Peterborough United) after a foul in the penalty area.

71:39

Attempt saved. Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

70:37

Foul by Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

70:37

Mark Little (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:12 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Peterborough United 0. David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

67:56

Attempt saved. Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

67:05

Nouha Dicko (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:05

Foul by Michael Bostwick (Peterborough United).

66:01

Attempt missed. Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United) header from the centre of the box is too high.

63:46

Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:46

Foul by Tommy Rowe (Peterborough United).

63:35

Attempt blocked. Jack Price (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

62:53

Sam Ricketts (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

62:53

Foul by Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Peterborough United).

61:03

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Robert Olejnik.

60:53

Attempt saved. Sam Ricketts (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

59:41

Foul by Nouha Dicko (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

59:41

Grant McCann (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59:21

Attempt saved. Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

58:50

Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:50

Foul by Tommy Rowe (Peterborough United).

57:50

Scott Golbourne (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:50

Foul by Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United).

57:27

Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:27

Foul by Grant McCann (Peterborough United).

54:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Peterborough United. Nathaniel Knight-Percival replaces Jack Payne.

52:52

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Robert Olejnik.

52:39

Attempt saved. Nouha Dicko (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

51:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Peterborough United. Nicky Ajose replaces Josh McQuoid.

50:22 Booking

Booking Grant McCann (Peterborough United) is shown the yellow card.

50:17

David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:17

Foul by Grant McCann (Peterborough United).

48:12 Booking

Booking Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

47:15 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Peterborough United 0. Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the left side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Sam Ricketts with a cross.

46:50

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Tommy Rowe.

45:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Peterborough United. Lloyd Isgrove replaces Danny Swanson.

45:00

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Peterborough United 0.

45:00 +1:04 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Peterborough United 0.

45:00 +0:17

Hand ball by David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

42:49

Foul by Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

42:49

Mark Little (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

42:13

Attempt missed. Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left misses to the right.

39:02

Attempt blocked. Danny Swanson (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

38:44

Attempt blocked. Grant McCann (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

38:00

Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:58

Foul by Richard Stearman (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

37:29

Attempt missed. Sam Ricketts (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

36:44

Jack Price (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:44

Foul by Grant McCann (Peterborough United).

36:20

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Scott Golbourne.

35:00

Foul by Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

35:00

Jack Payne (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

32:49

Nouha Dicko (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

32:49

Foul by Mark Little (Peterborough United).

27:58

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Michael Bostwick.

25:15

Foul by Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

25:15

Mark Little (Peterborough United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

23:35

Attempt missed. Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

16:56

Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

16:56

Foul by Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United).

16:19

Foul by Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

16:19

Tommy Rowe (Peterborough United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

13:47

Attempt saved. Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

12:20

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Tommy Rowe.

12:13

Attempt blocked. Jack Price (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

3:08

Scott Golbourne (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:08

Foul by Mark Little (Peterborough United).

2:52

Foul by Conor Washington (Peterborough United).

2:52

Scott Golbourne (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

2:05

Foul by Tommy Rowe (Peterborough United).

2:05

Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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