Wolves set for a Posh Boxing DayBy: DJ | December 25th, 2012
Wolves enter the 2nd half of the season with a home game against the team bottom of the Championship, Peterborough United, at Molineux. With another East Anglian team, Ipswich also at Molineux on Saturday this looks like a real opportunity to make a step forward into the top half of the table and set themselves up for a play off push in the New Year.
Peterborough, under the leadership of Alex Ferguson’s son and former Wolves player Darren Ferguson, have found it hard going this season but have got some good results at times. After losing all of their first 7 league games, culminating in a 2-0 home defeat to Wolves, they then surprisingly won two away games in 4 days at Hull and Barnsley. Then after two more defeats they won 2 home games in a week against Huddersfield and Derby before getting only one more point in the next 8 games. But now they have won the last two with the shock result of the season in the Championship when they inflicted a first home defeat of the season on Cardiff before winning 5-4 at home to Bolton on Saturday. Their fortunes have been lifted by the signing of striker Dwight Gayle from Dagenham who has netted 5 times in 5 games. The Boxing Day game will be only the 12th ever meeting between Posh and Wolves and the results have tended to favour the away teams so far in those clashes. Wolves have won 4 and drawn 1 in 5 meetings at Peterborough. But at Molineux, Wolves have only one success with one draw and two away wins.
It will doubtless be a familiar Wolves line up with the keeper and back 4 likely to be unchanged. There is the possibility that Sigurdarson will be fit to challenge for his place back on the right of midfield and then Doyle will play in a more forward role alongside Ebanks Blake. But the main selection decision for Solbakken looks to be in the centre of midfield. Tongo Doumbia has been struggling to find his early season form for a while now and David Davis, who has impressed in recent substitution appearances may well get a chance to start. He certainly lifted Wolves in the last 20 minutes at Blackpool on Saturday and after struggling to hold on to their early advantage, Wolves were able to control the game in the latter stages with Davis playing a prominent role. So he may well get a chance to play alongside skipper Karl Henry who will be making his 250th appearance for Wolves.
So the scene is set for 2 Molineux games in 4 days that can propel Wolves in the right direction or serve as a deflatory period after recent improvement. Wolves fans will be hoping their team can play their part in giving them a happy Christmas and New Year.