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Jonjo Shelvey could be available for 7m with Stoke City ready to move in summer

Shelvey could be available for 7m with Stoke lining up a summer move

By
Aidan Mccartney

PUBLISHED:

11:47 GMT, 3 March 2013

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UPDATED:

12:27 GMT, 3 March 2013

Stoke City are considering a move for out-of-favour Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey during the summer.

The former Charlton prospect has
recently fallen out of Brendan Rodgers first-team plans and the Sunday
People suggest that he could be available in a cut-price transfer in the summer.

Stoke are
understood to be observing the 21-year-old’s progress with Tony Pulis having sent a two-man party to watch the England international
in a reserve match last week.

Outcast: Shelvey (right) could be available in the summer after disappointing recent form

Bleak future: Shelvey (right) could be allowed to leave Anfield after disappointing recent form

Shelvey impressed earlier in the
season for the Reds in his 14 appearances, earning a first England senior cap against San Marino in October.

However, the youngster has been
criticised for his latest displays and he was hauled off by Rodgers after
60 minutes in his last start, an uninspiring performance during their 2-0 defeat against
West Brom in February.

Stoke look set to lose unsettled
former Liverpool man Charlie Adam in the summer and Pulis has now eyed up Shelvey in a 7million swoop as the ideal replacement for the
Scottish international.

Grieving: Adam lost his father just before Christmas which could see him depart Stoke

Grieving: Adam (left) lost his father just before Christmas which could see him depart Stoke

Roberto Mancini faces no punishment from the FA for criticism of referee

Mancini escapes FA rap for claiming referee 'ate too much at Christmas'

By
Liv Lee

PUBLISHED:

14:42 GMT, 10 January 2013

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UPDATED:

16:27 GMT, 10 January 2013

Roberto Mancini will not be disciplined by the FA for his criticism of referee Kevin Friend on Boxing Day.

The Manchester City manager said that Friend may
have ‘ate too much’ at Christmas after their 1-0 defeat at Sunderland and while the FA have decided not to punish Mancini, they have
reminded him of his responsibilities.

Had they taken action he
would have been facing a touchline ban or a fine.

Mancini will not face any punishment from the FA for his criticism of referee Kevin Friend

Off the hook: Mancini will not face any punishment from the FA for his criticism of referee Kevin Friend

Mancini was angry because he felt City deserved a free-kick following Craig Gardner’s challenge on Pablo Zabaleta in the build-up to Adam Johnson's winner.

He blamed both the referee and the linesman, saying: ‘The referee may have had too much to eat for Christmas. The linesman, too. It wasn’t a great game from them.

'That’s the problem we have sometimes in football. I don’t see how the referee can’t see the foul in the build-up. I don’t know how.’

The Italian was asked to offer observations about his comments by last Friday and after he sent the FA an explanation of his words the matter was dropped.

Dean Saunders to speak to Wolves

Saunders set for quick Wolves appointment as Doncaster boss heads for talks

– Mick McCarthy

Feb 2012 – Jul 2012 – Terry Connor

Jul 2012 – Jan 2013 – Stale Solbakken

Their defeat by Luton Town was the final straw following a series of incidents which have suggested all is not well at Molineux.

Paint was tipped over Solbakken's car last month and he openly admitted having fierce discussions with Wolves' players in the dressing-room following a series of defeats both before and after Christmas.

A club statement read: 'Wolves have announced Stale Solbakken has left the club with immediate effect.

'The club has also terminated the contracts of Johan Lange, assistant manager and Patrick Weiser, first-team coach.'

Kevin Thelwell, head of football development and recruitment, will take charge of first-team training until Saunders is appointed.

Wolves were out-battled against Luton

Overwhelmed: Wolves were out-battled against Luton

Hard-up Wasps fail to pay players in the run-up to Christmas

Hard-up Wasps fail to pay players in the run-up to Christmas

late due to an administrative error. This was a regrettable situation which was fully communicated to those affected and was resolved swiftly.'

Wayne Rooney injury latest: Manchester United striker to miss Liverpool

Rooney out for two more weeks and will miss Liverpool clash

By
Chris Wheeler

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09:59 GMT, 4 January 2013

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UPDATED:

10:14 GMT, 4 January 2013

Blow: Rooney is set to be out for another two weeks after a training ground injury

Blow: Rooney is set to be out for another two weeks after a training ground injury

Wayne Rooney is set for two more weeks on the sidelines and will miss Manchester United's clash with Liverpool on January 13.

The England striker missed his team's 4-3 Boxing Day win over Newcastle, after he tore a ligament in the back of his knee on the training ground on Christmas Day, before sitting out United's next two festive-period fixtures against West Brom and Wigan.

The 27-year-old will now miss the Old Trafford battle with arch-rivals Liverpool as well as the FA Cup third-round tie with West Ham this weekend.

Ferguson said at a press conference on Friday: ‘Wayne Rooney is still injured. It’s a bit of a surprise because it’s longer than we thought. We expected him to be back in training but he’s not.

‘It’s nothing serious but it looks as though he’s going to be out for another two weeks or so. He won’t be set for Liverpool.

‘It’s nothing serious, he just got clipped behind his knee. We sent him for a scan and nothing really showed but he’s still feeling it.

‘So hopefully two weeks will sort it but nonetheless it’s a loss. Although we’re in great form you always want your best players available for games that are coming up.

‘We’ve got West Ham tomorrow, Liverpool next week and then Tottenham the week after that. And the FA Cup again hopefully after that.'

Out: Rooney will miss United's match against Liverpool on January 13

Out: Rooney will miss United's match against Liverpool on January 13

He added: ‘It’s a tough period and you always want your best squad available.

‘He’s not had a full season anyway so it’s not as though we can’t cope without him.’

Rooney is also struggling to be fit to face Tottenham on January 20 at White Hart Lane.

The former Everton man has scored
seven goals this season and played second fiddle to new-signing and
Premier League top-scorer Robin van Persie.

United are currently seven points clear of city rivals and defending champions Manchester City in the Premier League title race.

Rafael Benitez buys ticket for conned Chelsea fan Harry Rennell

Benitez just the ticket for nine-year-old Chelsea fan conned by online tout

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UPDATED:

00:00 GMT, 31 December 2012

The cacophony of boos that heralded the appearance of Rafa Benitez at Goodison Park would have you believe he is football’s equivalent of a pantomime villain.

Since replacing Roberto Di Matteo as manager, the Spaniard has struggled to win over a stubborn Chelsea support, unwilling to accept him or forgive and forget his days as their nemesis as Liverpool’s manager.

Yet in the eyes of Chelsea-mad nine-year-old Harry Rennell, Benitez is very much his hero this morning.

Conned: Tony Rennell (left) thought he had bought a ticket for the Boxing Day match between Norwich City and Chelsea for his nine-year-old son, Harry, only to discover he had been tricked out of 300 by a touting website

Conned: Tony Rennell (left) thought he had bought a ticket for the Boxing Day match between Norwich City and Chelsea for his nine-year-old son, Harry, only to discover he had been tricked out of 300 by a touting website

Surprise: Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez secured the Rennell's tickets for the Capital One Cup semi-final with Swansea on January 9 after reading about the story

Surprise: Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez secured the Rennell's tickets for the Capital One Cup semi-final with Swansea on January 9 after reading about the story

In a story that pulled heartstrings across the country, Harry’s father Tony wrote a cautionary tale in the Daily Mail last Friday of how he had been let down after ordering two tickets from Online Ticket Express for Chelsea’s game at Norwich City as a Christmas present.

Despite paying more than 300 for the tickets, they failed to arrive in the post, leaving Tony and his son despondent.

On reading the story, Benitez, himself the doting father of two girls, contacted Sportsmail and offered Harry and his father two tickets for Chelsea’s Capital One League Cup semi-final, first-leg tie against Swansea on January 9.

Harry’s delighted father Tony said: ‘Thank you, Rafa. There has been a very sympathetic response.

‘One Chelsea fan has invited us to go as his guest to the QPR game on Wednesday, and we’ll be there to cheer them on.

Stocking filler: Mr Rennell had wanted to surprise his Chelsea-mad son for Christmas and paid website Online Ticket Express over 300 for them

Stocking filler: Mr Rennell had wanted to surprise his Chelsea-mad son for Christmas and paid website Online Ticket Express over 300 for them

‘What is great is that nine year-old Harry now knows that, although some people may let us down in life, there are always others who will step forward to do the right thing.’

Doing the right thing may soften some Chelsea supporters’ view of their interim manager, but it’s not the first example of kind-hearted Benitez showing the grander side of football.

Hearing a pensioner had been mugged on the Wirral, then Liverpool manager Benitez made sure the elderly fan and his family were guests at Anfield.

On his departure from Liverpool, the 52-year-old gave a ‘substantial five-figure sum’ to the parents of Rhys Jones, the young Everton fan who was shot dead as he returned from football training in August 2007.

Disappointed: Harry was let down but will now get to watch his heroes in action next week

Disappointed: Harry was let down but will now get to watch his heroes in action next week

At the time, Benitez said: ‘I am doing this on behalf of the people that cannot. I know that every person on Merseyside would have loved to give the fund a donation, but they are in hard times and can’t find the extra cash.’

Benitez donated 96,000 to the Hillsborough Memorial Fund and gave a further 2,800 to aid running costs through his wife Montse’s foundation.

Whatever he does from now on, Benitez may always be the villain to some, but at least his gesture is just the ticket for Harry Rennell.

Andy Murray won"t complain about OBE

OBE The fantasy league is my goal, says Murray on back of stunning year

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UPDATED:

00:17 GMT, 30 December 2012

Andy Murray would have every right to feel aggrieved for receiving ‘only’ an OBE in the New Year’s honours, but you will not find Britain’s best tennis player complaining about it — his focus is firmly on 2013, when he says his main aim, aside from winning matches, will be to retain his Fantasy Football title.

Murray’s historic 2012 included Olympic singles gold and the US Open title (the first Slam title by a British man for 76 years) in tennis’s greatest era for quality bar none, as well as being voted into third place in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

Yet Murray’s OBE was two tiers down from the award handed to Bradley Wiggins (knighthood), a tier below the CBEs handed to Mo Farah, Jess Ennis, Victoria Pendleton and Kath Grainger, and on the same level as up-and-coming cyclist Laura Trott and dressage rider Charlotte Dujardin.

Main man: Andy Murray was honoured with an OBE after his winning season

Main man: Andy Murray was honoured with an OBE after his winning season

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Murray, 25, will be unruffled because his sport comes ahead of any resulting baubles, although he has already been installed as the favourite to win the SPOTY award in 2013. England cricketer Alastair Cook is second favourite in what will be Ashes year, ahead of Ennis, Farah and Chris Froome, a possible winner of the 2013 Tour de France with Team Sky.

Murray outlined his 2013 targets, including retaining the fantasy league title he contests among friends, in a debut Twitter forum hosted by football’s world governing body, FIFA.

In the same session, Sir Geoff Hurst invited Murray to watch England play football in 2013 — and Murray accepted. Murray also disclosed that ‘purely on satisfaction’ his Olympic gold meant more to him than his US Open title.

He also said that if he had not been a tennis player, his dream would have been to play football for Arsenal, rather than Hibernian, the Edinburgh team he supports.

Jess a Twitter millionairess

Jessica Ennis’s army of Twitter followers reached the one million mark on Christmas Eve, prompting the heptathlon star to tweet: ‘That’s mad! Thanks guys. I’d better start tweeting some interesting stuff.’

Golden moment: Jessica Ennis won the heptathlon at the London Games

Golden moment: Jessica Ennis won the heptathlon at the London Games

Ennis becomes only the third British Olympian to pass 1m followers after diver Tom Daley, who has 2.1m people following his tweets, and Andy Murray, with 1.33m. Mo Farah (710,000) is next closest to the tally, Sir Chris Hoy is on 430,000, Becky Adlington has 311,000, Victoria Pendleton attracts 237,000 and gymnast — and ‘Strictly’ winner — Louis Smith is on 195,000.

These numbers are dwarfed by Britain’s best-followed footballers Wayne Rooney (5.5m) and Rio Ferdinand (3.7m).

Mum Julie flies to Crowe’s nest

Four Yorkshire brothers, who have all been signed to play for the Sydney-based rugby league club owned by film star Russell Crowe, will celebrate the New Year as a family after their mother, Julie, flew to Australia to begin a new life Down Under with them last week.

England and Great Britain international Sam Burgess, 24, as well as older brother Luke, 25, and twin siblings George and Tom, 20, have been signed by the South Sydney Rabbitohs, owned by Crowe, 48, since 2006.

Helping hand: Russell Crowe

Helping hand: Russell Crowe

Widowed Julie has been a friend of Crowe’s since the club signed Sam in 2009, with the other brothers following. ‘He’s always very hospitable and looks after the boys. He loves being part of our family, he likes to look after us,’ said Ms Burgess earlier this year.

Once in Sydney, she tweeted: ‘Hello Australia! I’ve arrived and couldn’t be happier!’

Sam Burgess has played down suggestions of a romance between Crowe, who recently split from his wife, and his mother, insisting they are ‘just mates’.

BT warned

Sunset+Vine, the award-winning company who have bagged the contract to produce the live sports programming for BT’s new sports channel, including Premier League games from summer 2013, will face financial penalties in the event of any broadcasting cock-ups, say sources.

BT are desperate for their new content to be perfect and a schedule of fines is aimed at making sure there are no bloopers like the one made by ITV during the 2010 World Cup, when viewers missed Steven Gerrard’s goal for England against the United States because of an advert break. BT declined to comment.

Meanwhile, Jake Humphrey’s appointment to front BT’s Premier League coverage has led to joy for petrolhead pin-up Suzi Perry. The 42-year-old presenter will replace Humphrey as the face of BBC1’s Formula One coverage. Gary Lineker is among those who tweeted his congratulations, saying: ‘Great choice, she’ll be brilliant.’

Football betting guide for Dec 29-30

THE BETTING SLIP: Top tips and ones to watch in our gambling guide to the weekend

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UPDATED:

11:37 GMT, 28 December 2012

If the journey through deserted streets into Sportsmail HQ over the past few days is anything to go by, Londoners love getting away during the Christmas holidays.

Chelsea and Tottenham certainly enjoyed jaunts out of the capital on Boxing Day and the pair look in the mood to prosper on their travels once again.

We're at the halfway stage of the season and predicting what will happen in the Premier League is getting harder and harder.

On the road again: Chelsea are at Everton after taking three points from Norwich on Boxing Day

On the road again: Chelsea are at Everton after taking three points from Norwich on Boxing Day

Tony's tenner

Sportsmail's Saturday punter Tony tells us where his hard-earned 10 is going.

After a couple of weeks of being absolutely useless, I’m going for a dead cert and putting a fiver on table-topping Sheffield United to be wining at half-time and full-time against League One basement-boys Hartlepool.

That will get me my money back so I'm also for 3 on DRAW/DRAW at Aston Villa v Wigan and 2 on a penalty to be awarded in the same game.

Sheff Utd – Half-time/Full-time @ Evens (Betfair)

Aston Villa v Wigan – Draw/Draw @ 17/4 (Boylesports)

Penalty in Aston Villa v Wigan @ 21/10 (Paddy Power)

But one thing is for sure: supporters of a team playing in blue will give Rafa Benitez a hard time.

The Chelsea fans unhappy with the Spaniard's appointment have piped down a bit over the past couple of weeks – 14 goals scored in three matches since the Club World Cup has helped – but he's still not a popular man in west London.

Benitez will never be flavour month at Goodison Park either and that is where the interim boss takes his in-form Blues on Sunday afternoon.

The Everton faithful remember Benitez's 'small-club' dig at the Toffees during his time in charge of Merseyside rivals Liverpool.

He was hardly towering over them back then and the gap between his current employers and David Moyes' side is just two points ahead of the live TV showdown.

Everton have won three and drawn four since losing at Reading in mid-November while the defeat to Corinthians in Japan was the only slip-up in Chelsea's last seven.

The hosts would appeal more if Marouane Fellaini was available but with the big Belgian still suspended, Chelsea look too good to ignore at 6/4 (widely available).

Tottenham sit between the pair in fourth place in the table and they also catch the eye after thumping Aston Villa on Wednesday.

Three and easy: Gareth Bale helped himself to a hat-trick as Spurs crushed Aston Villa

Three and easy: Gareth Bale helped himself to a hat-trick as Spurs crushed Aston Villa

Sunderland will fancy their chances against the north Londoners after stunning Manchester City – their third win in four games – but Spurs (11/10 with most bookies) have a flying Gareth Bale in their ranks and five away wins in the Premier League. Only Manchester United boast more.

Add in what is as close to a banker as there is on this week's coupon – League One leaders Sheffield United against bottom club Hartlepool – and Bradford at home to Rochdale.

A tenner on the four returns just over 130 with Coral.

Goals galore

The 'Premier League – best in the world' drum took another beating after the midweek Christmas crackers and we could be in for more of the same this weekend.

Take both teams to score in Arsenal v Newcastle, Everton v Chelsea, Norwich v Man City, QPR v Liverpool and Sunderland v Tottenham for a 12/1 return at Paddy Power.

Quick on the draws

New Nottingham Forest boss Alex McLeish is in for about as warm a welcome as Benitez was given at Chelsea but the Scot can get his point across against Crystal Palace.

Fulham against Swansea, Ross County v Hearts and Morton against Dunfermline also look too close to call.

A 1 yankee costs 11 and two right will get your money back, three a decent return and all four correct brings home 377 (Ladbrokes).

Doing it the hard way: Manchester United were behind three times before Javier Hernandez sunk Newcastle

Doing it the hard way: Manchester United were behind three times before Javier Hernandez sunk Newcastle

Bale offers Real value

Gareth Bale is back at the top of Real Madrid's shopping list after his hat-trick against Aston Villa with the Spanish giants reportedly tabling a 33m bid for the Spurs winger. The Welshman is 7/1 (widely available) to open the scoring against Sunderland and 5/2 (Sportingbet) to score at any time.

Same again

Manchester United came from behind to win for the eighth time this season as they broke Newcastle hearts last time out. West Brom are 7/2 (Blue Square) to score first at Old Trafford.

Sacking Henning Berg makes sense for Blackburn with relegation now a prospect

Chris Wheeler: Bonkers Blackburn for once display some sign of sense in sacking Berg

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UPDATED:

12:27 GMT, 27 December 2012

From the sock to the sack.

When Henning Berg stomped out of Blackburn’s Christmas party last week after he was made to wear a stocking on his head and do a little dance, many people thought the madness at Ewood Park could not get any worse.

Never in the history of English football has one club appeared to be so utterly bonkers for so long.

Blackburn have slid sharply down the Championship table ever since Berg took the reins at the club

Singled-out: Blackburn have slid sharply down the Championship table since Berg took the reins at the club

From the arrival of Indian chicken farmers Venky’s and the snap decision to sack Sam Allardyce three years ago, to the fiasco of Steve Kean’s time in charge and now Berg’s ill-fated 10-game reign, this has been one long-running pantomime.

The bottom line is, however, that this morning’s decision to axe Berg and his coaching staff represented a rare outbreak of sanity.

Having been fiercely criticised for sticking with Kean for so long, Venky’s came to the conclusion that his replacement simply wasn’t working out.

On the day of his appointment it was announced that the 43-year-old Norwegian would be sacked if he failed to win promotion back to the Premier League.

After just one win in 10 games, and five defeats in six, he was sent packing with Rovers 17th in the Championship table. It was the logical outcome.

He had already been told to get rid of his backroom staff earlier this month. And then last week, Blackburn chief Shebby Singh revealed that they were looking at another candidate – probably former Blackburn boss Mark Hughes – who had not been available at the time of Berg’s appointment.

It wasn’t as if there were no warning signs, even before the Christmas party debacle.

After resisting calls to sack Steve Kean for most of last season the Venky's were less than loyal to Berg

Two months and gone: After resisting calls to sack Steve Kean for most of last season the Venky's were less than loyal to Berg

In fact, Berg would never have got the job in the first place had Blackburn been successful in their pursuit of several other candidates.

Tim Sherwood was the first choice, followed by Billy McKinlay. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was interested but not until next summer.

With the boardroom split over a move for Blackpool’s Ian Holloway, Berg got the final vote. He was always a somewhat awkward compromise.

He is a decent man and a Premier League title winner with Blackburn to boot. But his coaching record with Lyn Oslo and Lillestrom was not what you would call dazzling.

The team he inherited had taken Rovers to the top of the
table early this season and were third when Kean quit at the end of September,
so there is clearly potential.

We will never know how it would have worked out over time, but relegation – not promotion – was becoming the club’s main concern.

Seven years at the club as a player had no bearing as his team won just one match in his ten in charge

Henning Berg scores the first goal for Blackburn in their 4-1 win against Sheffiled Wednesday 1996/1997

Seven years at the club as a player had no bearing as his team won just one match in his ten in charge

No owners have gambled more heavily on going up than Venky’s. Jordan Rhodes, bought from Huddersfield for 8million in the summer, was one of a raft of signings designed to get Blackburn back in the top-flight.

Their team is the highest-paid in the division and it’s understood that dwindling home gates – up to 4,000 down on last season – do not even pay the week’s wages for one of their top players.

The consequences of failure would be catastrophic, and that is what drove discussions as Mrs Anuradha Desai and her brothers watched yesterday’s defeat at Middlesbrough on television in Pune and sealed Berg’s fate.

For all the insanity that has epitomised their tenure, it would have been madness to keep him.

Wolves 0 Peterborough 3 – Match report

Wolves 0 Peterborough 3: Three and easy for Posh as they move towards safety

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17:37 GMT, 26 December 2012

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UPDATED:

17:37 GMT, 26 December 2012

Peterborough made it three momentous wins on the bounce as Wolves joined Cardiff and Bolton on the growing list of recent sides slayed by resurgent Posh.

Goals from Lee Tomlin, Tommy Rowe and Dwight Gayle did the damage as Darren Ferguson's side received the perfect Christmas present by lifting themselves off the foot of the npower Championship.

Wolves boss Stale Solbakken named Bjorn Sigurdarson on the bench following a thigh injury, but defender Georg Margreitter (hamstring) was again sidelined following another setback on the road to recovery.

Winning feeling: Tommy Rowe celebrates after scoring his goal as Peterborough edge towards another three points

Winning feeling: Tommy Rowe celebrates after scoring his goal as Peterborough edge towards another three points

Match facts

Wolverhampton: Ikeme, Foley, Johnson, Berra, Ward (Sigurdarson 46), Pennant (Davis 76), Henry, Doumbia, Sako,Ebanks-Blake (O'Hara 76), Doyle.

Subs Not Used: De Vries, Stearman, Batth, Forde.

Booked: Pennant.

Peterborough: Olejnik, Knight-Percival, Zakuani, Bostwick, Little, Newell (Ferdinand 81), Boyd, Thorne (McCann 86), Rowe, Tomlin (Swanson 81),Gayle.

Subs Not Used: Day, Alcock, Brisley, Kearns.

Goals: Tomlin 17, Rowe 43, Gayle 69.

Attendance: 23,033

Referee: Mark Heywood

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And it was the hosts who showed the early intent when an outswinging corner from Jermaine Pennant after five minutes was met by Roger Johnson and his header was smartly tipped over by Posh keeper Robert Olejnik.

At the other end, Carl Ikeme in the Wolves goal had to be alert to turn away a 12-yard effort from Gayle as Ferguson's side showed their own attacking inclinations.

It had turned into a full-blooded festive encounter with no quarter given by either side in the hunt for crucial Championship points.

And having weathered the early Wolves storm, the visitors took the lead after 17 minutes through Tomlin.

Joe Newell provided the opportunity and when his cross from the left was not dealt with, in nipped Tomlin to strike home his eighth of the campaign from 12 yards.

It could have got worse for the hosts three minutes later but George Boyd cleared the bar when well placed inside the penalty box.

Christmas cheer: Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson saw his side win again

Christmas cheer: Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson saw his side win again

Kevin Doyle was then ideally placed to net an equaliser but Olejnik denied the striker from only six yards.

Pennant fired over with a free-kick as Wolves looked to get back on terms before the break, but Ferguson would have been impressed with his side's application in the opening half.

Solid in defence, Posh also looked potent on the break and seven minutes from the interval, Newell had the chance of adding a second before a well-timed block by Johnson got in the way of his 18-yard effort.

Doyle twice went close to levelling, while Stephen Ward saw his effort parried by Olejnik as the half-time whistle approached and the visitors rode their luck.

But a sucker punch at the other end of the field doubled Peterborough's lead after 43 minutes. This time Boyd was the provider, Rowe finishing with aplomb from 20 yards.

Ward was replaced by Sigurdarson as the second half began, with Wolves well aware the next goal was crucial.

Pennant went close again for the home side, but it was Peterborough's day and after 69 minutes Mark Little's cross was met by Gayle to make it 3-0 and secure another valuable victory for Posh.