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Schalke 2 Galatasaray 2 (agg 3-3) match report: Didier Drogba"s Champions League dream still on

Schalke 2 Galatasaray 3 (agg 3-4): Drogba's Champions League adventure goes on

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21:42 GMT, 12 March 2013

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UPDATED:

21:49 GMT, 12 March 2013

Galatasaray held off a gallant Schalke comeback to progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League after battling to a 3-2 victory in Gelsenkirchen.

With the tie evenly poised after a 1-1 draw in Istanbul, Schalke took 17 minutes to take the lead on the night. Roman Neustadter kept his head in the area after a corner prompted a goalmouth scramble, sidefooting home through a raft of bodies.

Hamit Altintop then cracked home an unstoppable drive into the top corner from 30 yards against his former club to level the scores.

And the Turkish champions doubled their lead through Burak Yilmaz, who lead a breakaway for the visitors before lifting a shot over Timo Hildebrand, scoring his eighth goal in the competition in the process.

But Schalke were not done, and after Marco Hoger smashed the crossbar with a 20-yard effort, Galatasaray failed to clear their lines and Atsuto Uchida squared across the box for Michel Bastos to slot home.

And with Schalke pressing for a winner, Umut Bulut added the winner on the counter-attack.

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Follow me: Galatasaray players run to congratulate Altintop

Follow me: Galatasaray players run to congratulate Altintop

Match facts

Schalke: Hildebrand, Uchida, Howedes, Matip, Kolasinac, Hoger (Meyer 86), Neustadter (Fuchs 46), Farfan, Draxler, Michel Bastos, Pukki (Obasi Ogbuke 85). Subs not used: Fahrmann, Metzelder, Barnetta, Moritz.

Booked: Hoger, Kolasinac.

Goals: Neustadter 17, Michel Bastos 63.

Galatasaray: Muslera, Eboue, Kaya (Zan 78), Nounkeu, Riera, Felipe Melo, Altintop, Sneijder (Amrabat 70), Inan, Drogba, Burak Yilmaz (Bulut 86). Subs not used: Iscan, Balta, Kurtulus, Sarioglu.

Booked: Drogba.

Goals: Altintop 37, Yilmaz 42, Bulut 90+4.

Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden).

Attendance: 52,000.

No mistake: Roman Neustaedter keeps his head in a crowded Galatasaray penalty box to give Schalke the lead

No mistake: Roman Neustaedter keeps his head in a crowded Galatasaray penalty box to give Schalke the lead

On target: Roman Neustaedter

On target: Roman Neustaedter

Unstoppable: Hamit Altintop

Remember me Hamit Altintop lets fly from 30 yards to level matters on the night against his former club

Remember me Hamit Altintop lets fly from 30 yards to level matters on the night against his former club

Nifty finish: Burak Yilmaz hits his eighth strike of this season's Champions League, tapping the ball past Schalke keeper Timo Hildebrand

Nifty finish: Burak Yilmaz hits his eighth strike of this season's Champions League, tapping the ball past Schalke keeper Timo Hildebrand

Nifty finish: Burak Yilmaz hits his eighth strike of this season's Champions League, tapping the ball past Schalke keeper Timo Hildebrand

Nifty finish: Burak Yilmaz hits his eighth strike of this season's Champions League, tapping the ball past Schalke keeper Timo Hildebrand

Going down: Didier Drogba turns his ankle while celebrating with Yilmaz, prompting Felipe Melo to check up on his team-mate (below)

Going down: Didier Drogba turns his ankle while celebrating with Yilmaz, prompting Felipe Melo to check up on his team-mate (below)

Cause for concern: Felipe Melo checks up on Didier Drogba

Back in the hunt: Michel Bastos sidefoots home to give Schalke hope of progression

Back in the hunt: Michel Bastos sidefoots home to give Schalke hope of progression

Late hope: Michel Bastos (left) made it 2-2

Nico Rosberg gives Lewis Hamilton"s Mercedes a boost after third day of test in Jerez

From Silverstone to Spa! Rosberg puts in the mileage to give Hamilton's Mercedes much-needed boost in Jerez

By
Simon Cass

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19:08 GMT, 7 February 2013

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UPDATED:

19:50 GMT, 7 February 2013

Lewis Hamilton has new teammate Nico Rosberg to thank for getting Mercedes' pre-season plans back on track after the German driver reeled off a staggering 148 laps of the Circuito de Jerez on Thursday.

Rosberg's Herculean effort – he put a much needed 407 miles on the new Mercedes W04, the equivalent of two grand prix distances – means it should be all systems go for Hamilton on Friday as he brings to a close the opening test of the 2013 season.

The mammoth stint was in stark contrast to the two previous days of running for Mercedes during which they managed to complete just 29 laps in total.

Going long into the night: Nico Rosberg gave Mercedes a much-needed boost in Jerez on Thursday

Going long into the night: Nico Rosberg gave Mercedes a much-needed boost in Jerez on Thursday

New team: Lewis Hamilton, who completed 14 laps yesterday, speaks to Rosberg

New team: Lewis Hamilton, who completed 14 laps yesterday, speaks to Rosberg

On Tuesday, Hamilton suffered a heart in the mouth moment when his brakes failed as he slowed from almost 200mph. After hitting the tyre wall the damage to Hamilton's car was enough to end his day's work after just twenty minutes behind the wheel.

Rosberg fared little better on the first day of action in Southern Spain, an electrical fault which sparked a small fire bring the Mercedes to a premature halt.

Delighted at the change in fortunes, Rosberg said: 'The last two days we were unlucky because they were small things but we were unable to solve them in a day.

Off track: Jenson Button spent most of the morning in the garage before a wobbly wheel forced him to park his McLaren

Off track: Jenson Button spent most of the morning in the garage before a wobbly wheel forced him to park his McLaren

'Today we really made up for it and put a smile on everyone's face. And it was a fantastic achievement to drive from Silverstone to Spa distance-wise with an F1 car with no problem what so ever. We were very consistent and I am feeling good because I can push it straight away.'

It was a day of mixed fortunes for McLaren as Jenson Button got off to another slow start, spending more of the morning in the garage than on the track.

And after returning to the circuit to complete 83 laps, the 2009 world champion brought the day's events to a close five minutes early when a wobbly rear wheel forced him to park his McLaren MP4-28 between turns seven and eight.

Sean O"Driscoll named as new Bristol City manager

O'Driscoll replaces McInnes as Bristol City boss after snubbing Championship rivals Blackpool

By
John Edwards

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10:17 GMT, 14 January 2013

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UPDATED:

19:04 GMT, 14 January 2013

Sean O’Driscoll has been confirmed as manager of Bristol City after choosing them ahead of fellow Championship club Blackpool.

The former Nottingham Forest manager, who turned down Barnsley because he felt the job was not right for him, was ready to succeed Michael Appleton at Bloomfield Road.

But a late sales pitch from the Bristol City board has steered him towards Ashton Gate in a shock development that should be confirmed in the next day.

Checking in: Bristol City have named Sean O'Driscoll as head coach on a rolling 12 month contract

Checking in: Bristol City have named Sean O'Driscoll as head coach on a rolling 12 month contract

Derek McInnes was sacked in the wake of Saturday’s 4-0 home defeat by Leicester and City moved swiftly, after earmarking O’Driscoll but sensing he was about to accept Blackpool’s offer.

O’Driscoll, 55, harshly sacked by Forest earlier this season, was won over after being assured by Ashton Gate chiefs that he could do the job on his terms, even if the likely scenario of relegation to League One becomes a reality.

O'Driscoll said: 'Sometimes you have to go with your gut instinct. It just feels right.

'I think it needs a concerted effort from everyone (to stay up) and I'll get all the credit or blame, but everyone needs to be moving in the same direction.

'We need to hit the ground running and in this topsy-turvy Championship, anything is possible.

'If
we put a run together we can soon be in a different position in the
league. Everyone I have spoken to is confident we have the ability in
the squad to achieve that.

'I like the way the club is being developed. This has always been a well-run football club and that is never going to change.'

Looking down: Derek McInnes was sacked following a 4-0 defeat by Leicester

Looking down: Derek McInnes was sacked following a 4-0 defeat by Leicester

He continued: 'I know most of the players from playing against them or seeing them play so I have an opinion of the players as they will have an opinion of me.

'But what is most important in football is the character of the team and I don't know that. I have got to create a little bit of trust quickly.

'My message to the players will be “show me what you can do.” That doesn't always mean how many goals, how many times you can keep the ball up or how clever you can be. It is more the attitude you show when things don't go your way.

'This is a great opportunity for the players to show me when it hasn't gone their way that they are up for the fight. We've got to do it together.'

John Lansdown, the Robins' football managing director, added: 'Sean has got a really good record at clubs and a record of being there for the long term and we appointed Sean because we believe he has the ability to keep us up this season.

'We are looking forward to working with him for a long time.'

Greek children score amazing team goal

VIDEO: Greek children score an amazing goal that looks like it came straight from the Nou Camp

By
Sunni Upal

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10:03 GMT, 8 January 2013

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UPDATED:

10:03 GMT, 8 January 2013

Could this team be the next Barcelona Judging by this effort, they could well be.

These Greek children score a goal as good as any team effort in years gone by.

In Argentina v Serbia World Cup 2006 style, the ball gets played from one side of the pitch to the other, back to the goalkeeper and then ends with a composed finish into the bottom corner.

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greek boys goal

greek boys goal

Most goalkeepers of that age in that position would have panicked and tried to clear their lines as quick as poosible, yet this ‘keeper has the confidence to take on two players.

It is a goal that wouldn’t be out of place in the Nou Camp or the Bernebau.

If you’re a fan of ‘putting the ball in the box’ then maybe this goal is not for you. But you can’t help but admire the confidence of these kids.

Miroslav Stoch wins goal of the year

What a screamer! Stoch beats Neymar and Falcao to goal of the year

FIFA Puskas award for his stunning volley for Fenerbahce against Genclerbirligi.

The Slovak beat Neymar's goal for Santos and Radamel Falcao's strike for Atletico Madrid to win the award on Monday at FIFA's Ballon D'Or, where Lionel Messi was crowned player of the year.

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Winner: Stoch collects the FIFA Puskas award

Winner: Stoch collects the FIFA Puskas award

But although the Slovakian Stoch, who plays for
Turkish side Fenerbahce, is not as highly-rated as the
other two, his goal certainly deserves the praise.

Stoch kept his cool and his balance to superbly volley into the top corner from the edge of the box against Genclerbirligi in a Turkish Super Lig match.

VIDEO: Watch Stoch's wonder strike

Here is who Stoch beat to the award

Radamel Falcao

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's ridiculous overhead kick against England missed the cut-off date but that sort of athleticism is on display in Falcao's effort against America de Cali.

Again reacting first to a corner, Atletico Madrid's Colombian hitman Falcao flung his body into the air and sent a vicious strike past the bewildered goalkeeper.

Neymar

Neymar's goal is a different type to the other two, its brilliance coming in the form of a hip twisting, dizzying dribble.

Showing poise, grace and fearlessness the Santos star weaved his way in and out of Internacional players before tucking the ball neatly home.

The skill involved in his solo effort is no surprise – the Brazilian won the 2011 Puskas award for a wonderful goal against Flamengo.

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Phew! Relief for Lambert after ending three game losing streak with "huge point" at Swansea despite conceding late equaliser

Phew! Relief for Lambert after ending three game losing streak with 'huge point' at Swansea despite conceding late equaliser

By
Andrew Gwilym, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

20:26 GMT, 1 January 2013

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UPDATED:

00:39 GMT, 2 January 2013

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert described his side's 2-2 draw at Swansea as a huge point, despite seeing them denied all three by Danny Graham's injury-time equaliser.

The Villans had conceded 15 and scored none in their previous three games and Wayne Routledge added to their woes as he fired the hosts ahead in the ninth minute.

But relegation-threatened Villa had looked set to take the points when Andreas Weimann levelled just before the interval and Christian Benteke scored from the spot when Nathan Dyer conceded an 84th-minute penalty for a foul on Weimann.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert needs to improve things on the pitch

Under pressure: Lambert's side are just one point off the relegation zone after Swansea's stoppage time goal

However, Graham fired home a rebound in a late goalmouth scramble, to leave Lambert with his head in his hands.

A point at least ends Villa's miserable run of defeats and, despite the crushing disappointment, Lambert feels he can take great heart from a gutsy effort by a side with an average age of just 23 years and 119 days – making it the youngest the club had ever fielded in a Premier League fixture.

Villa players react as they concede an equalizer

Gutted: Villa players were left dejected after conceding in the 94th minute

He said: 'It is a huge point although we should have seen it through. But it's a massive point and we were very good and threatening in the second half.

'In the first half they were coming at us from all angles and we had to weather that storm and we needed a couple of good saves from Brad and they also hit the woodwork.

'But to get the goal before half-time certainly helped us and it had a galvanising effect, it gives you something to get going and in the second half we were very good.

'We have been beaten heavily in the last three games so this is a huge point for the future of the club.

'The young lads in the side have been excellent and when you get beaten heavily you learn a lot about people and today showed they are mentally strong.'

Looking up: Christian Benteke celebrates after scoring the second goal for Aston Villa from the penalty spot

Looking up: Christian Benteke celebrates after scoring the second goal for Villa from the penalty spot

Injury-hit Villa, already without the likes of Darren Bent, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Charles N'Zogbia, Ron Vlaar, Nathan Baker and Richard Dunne, also lost Ashley Westwood to an ankle problem after he was felled from behind by Michu's clumsy tackle.

And Lambert will wait before assessing how severe the problem is.

He said: 'He is hobbling at the minute but we will see how he feels. We think it is his ankle.'

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup, meanwhile, was left scratching his head as to how his side had not won a game in which they had almost 70 per cent possession and had threatened to run away with during an opening half-hour when Villa were all at sea.

Michu, Graham and Routledge were among those to miss gilt-edged chances, and the Dane said: 'We did not win because we only scored one goal from seven chances with that first-half performance.

Danny Graham celebrates after scoring the late equalizer for Swansea

All Smiles: Graham wheels away after scoring the last minute goal

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'It was a great performance – it could have been 4-0 after 12 minutes – but we know how it is when you don't take chances.

'It means one mistake, one free-kick, one corner or whatever it is and the game is back level, and that is what happened at the end of the first half.

'They had only been near our goal two or three times in the first 45 minutes and we gave Villa belief they could come from behind and get something out of the game.

'If we had got a second or third we would maybe be sitting here talking about a 5-0 win.'

Laudrup was also disappointed his side were not awarded a penalty just before the hour mark.

Joe Bennett was penalised for handball on the left-side of his own area as he blocked Angel Rangel.

But referee Mark Halsey only awarded Swansea a free-kick on the edge of the box when the ball had appeared to strike Bennett just inside.

When asked if he thought it was a penalty, Laudrup said: 'Yeah of course, both of his feet are on the line and the hand is inside, I think the line is still part of the box so there was no doubt about it.

'It was a clear penalty but it was not given and that's that, we have to go on.'

Burnley 0 Leicester 1 – match report

Burnley 0 Leicester 1: Nugent pounces on bad day for Clarets with Austin sidelined

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17:36 GMT, 29 December 2012

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UPDATED:

17:54 GMT, 29 December 2012

David Nugent's 12th goal of the season was enough to see off Burnley and consolidate Leicester's place in the Championship's play-off zone.

Nugent struck shortly after the half hour as the Clarets' afternoon went from bad to worse.

The hosts had already received a hammer blow when leading scorer Charlie Austin, having passed a late fitness test on a muscle injury, was replaced by Martin Paterson after a mere eight minutes.

Decider: David Nugent (left) scored early on and his goal settled the game

Decider: David Nugent (left) scored early on and his goal settled the game

Match facts

Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Lafferty, Wallace (Vokes 57), Marney, McCann, Treacy (Stock 83), Ings, Austin (Paterson 8).

Subs Not Used: Jensen, Edgar, O'Neill, Bartley.

Booked: Duff, Trippier, Vokes.

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky, James, Drinkwater, Marshall, Knockaert (Waghorn 61), Dyer (Gallagher 83), Nugent (Futacs 86).

Subs Not Used: Logan, King, Keane, Schlupp.

Booked: Dyer, Drinkwater.

Goals: Nugent 31.

Att: 13,050

Ref: Michael Naylor (Sheffield).

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And it was testament to Burnley's battling spirits that the Clarets made a real game of it despite the loss of their star man.

In fact, Burnley made the brighter
start of the two sides and Chris McCann tried his luck from distance
after only 11 minutes, only to see his effort go wide.

At the other end, Leicester's Ben
Marshall twice came close, first seeing an effort blocked by Kieran
Trippier and then bringing the best out of Burnley keeper Lee Grant who
tipped his 17th-minute effort round the post.

Paterson brought a save out of Kasper
Schmeichel as the Clarets went toe-to-toe with their promotion-hunting
rivals, while Leicester's Lloyd Dyer also tried his luck in an
end-to-end start at Turf Moor.

The Foxes went into the game without a
goal in three matches, but boss Nigel Pearson's long wait was finally
over after 31 minutes when Nugent struck home from close range following
an assist from Wes Morgan.

The lead could have been doubled just
three minutes later but McCann came to the rescue, blocking an 18-yard
effort from Anthony Knockaert.

Burnley had taken time to recover
their cool after conceding, but eight minutes from the break Danny Ings
just cleared the bar from inside the box to raise home fans' spirits.

Even so, the Clarets could have
conceded a second minutes from half time when Dyer again worked himself a
good shooting opportunity, only to lift his 12-yard effort over the
crossbar.

The Foxes picked up where they had
left off after the interval as Matty James saw Jason Shackell get in the
way of his effort as Pearson's side turned the screw at the start of
the second half.

But Schmeichel had to be at his alert
best to thwart Paterson an equaliser from point-blank range after 59
minutes as Sean Dyche's men sensed at least a point was still there for
the taking.

The Leicester keeper was again in the
thick of the action with 20 minutes left, this time comfortably saving
an on-target Ings effort from 18 yards.

Livewire Ings then saw an effort
blocked by Liam Moore as Leicester were forced back on the defensive,
Schmeichel then tipping another Paterson attempt round the post as the
Clarets battled to the end.

Jonathan Walters praises Stoke"s character as they comeback to beat Liverpool

Walters praises Stoke's character as they come from behind to beat Liverpool

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22:28 GMT, 26 December 2012

Two-goal hero Jonathan Walters hailed his side's character and work ethic after Stoke recovered from a nightmare start to claim a 3-1 Barclays Premier League win over Liverpool.

There were only 32 seconds on the clock when Luis Suarez won a penalty which Steven Gerrard converted to put Liverpool ahead at the Britannia Stadium.

However, Stoke stormed back and within 10 minutes had turned the game on its head through goals from Walters and Kenwyne Jones, and then a second from boyhood Everton fan Walters just after half-time sealed the victory for Tony Pulis' men.

Never give in: Jon Walters and Liverpool's Suso battle for the ball

Never give in: Jon Walters and Liverpool's Suso battle for the ball

Walters was full of praise for his side after they extended their unbeaten run to nine matches, telling Sky Sports 1: 'We all work for each other, right from the back to the front. It was a full team effort from us today and a great win for us.

'We haven't conceded many this year, and to concede so early…but we've always got fight in us, and there was never any chance we were just going to lie down and take it.

'So from 1-0 down we showed great character to get back into the game and some good play from all over the team, especially the second half.'

Jumping for joy: Kenwyne Jones celebrates his goal

Jumping for joy: Kenwyne Jones celebrates his goal

Double salvo: Walters (second left) netted twice for Stoke

Double salvo: Walters (second left) netted twice for Stoke

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers felt his side should have done much better with all three goals they conceded and, as a result of their defensive failings, said they did not deserve to get anything out of the game.

He said: 'It was a great start for us, when you come away from home it's great to go a goal up, but we just gave away poor goals tonight. I think all three goals were actually quite straightforward to defend.

'Obviously Martin Skrtel slips (for the first), which is unfortunate, but the other two goals we've got to do much better than that. So that was the disappointment really.

Where did it all go wrong Brendan Rodgers watched his side take the lead and then lose the game 3-1

Where did it all go wrong Brendan Rodgers watched his side take the lead and then lose the game 3-1

'We got into some good areas but ultimately when you come to places like here, which is a difficult place to come, you've got to defend better or else you get nothing, and we probably deserve nothing because of that.'

Rodgers also praised Stoke and the work being done by Pulis.

'I've always said they probably don't quite get the credit they deserve. Tony's done a brilliant job here, keeping them in this division and keeping them progressing,' he added.

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.

Ipswich 1 Bristol City 1: Neil Danns, Tommy Smith score

Ipswich 1 Bristol City 1: Smith's stunning strike brightens drab draw

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17:27 GMT, 22 December 2012

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UPDATED:

17:27 GMT, 22 December 2012

Ipswich came from behind to earn a point against fellow strugglers Bristol City at Portman Road, a draw which keeps the Tractor Boys five points clear of their opponents.

Derek McInnes' visitors took an early lead through a fine strike from Neil Danns before Tommy Smith acrobatically drew the home side level.

Great strike: Tommy Smith hooks home Ipswich's goal

Great strike: Tommy Smith hooks home Ipswich's goal

Match facts

IPSWICH: Henderson, Orr, Chambers, Smith, Cresswell, Edwards, N'Daw, Drury, Martin, Murphy (Emmanuel-Thomas 71), Campbell (Chopra 57). Subs not used: Loach, Hewitt, Higginbotham, Hyam, Reo-Coker.

Goals: Smith 32

BRISTOL CITY: Heaton, Foster, Fontaine, McManus, Bates, Cunningham, Adomah, Skuse (Elliott 84), Danns, Anderson (Baldock 84), Stead. Subs not used: Gerken, Wilson, Kilkenny, Davies, Bryan.

Goals: Danns 11

Referee: M Haywood

Att: 17,290

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Neither team could find a crucial winner to shake things up at the foot of the npower Championship in a low-key second half.

A much-changed City side were by far
the brighter team in the opening exchanges as they looked to make it
back-to-back away wins.

Paul Anderson, making his first start
for the club, had an opportunity after just four minutes but his
right-footed shot was blocked by Smith.

And they took a deserved lead in the
11th minute, when the Tractor Boys failed to clear the lines and Danns
took advantage with a fine low left-footed finish into the bottom corner
from the edge of the box.

Five minutes later Tom Heaton made a fantastic save to keep their lead intact.

The former Cardiff keeper denied DJ
Campbell his ninth goal of the season before Liam Fontaine's vital
tackle blocked the QPR loanee's second effort.

Albert Adomah was the late hero at
Sheffield Wednesday in City's last away win but he wasted a great chance
in the 25th minute, firing wide after being found by Jon Stead.

The visitors had not kept a clean
sheet all season coming into this match so it was no surprise to their
240 travelling supporters when Ipswich drew level, Smith hooking Lee
Martin's corner into the top of the net in the 32nd minute.

City started the second half as they
had the first with Adomah forcing Stephen Henderson into a smart stop 30
seconds after the restart.

Adomah then turned provider when he set up Danns but the Leicester loanee's curling effort took a deflection and flew wide.

Town boss Mick McCarthy then
introduced Michael Chopra, who has a fantastic goalscoring record
against the Robins, for Campbell just before the hour mark as they
looked for their fourth win in their last five games.

But the next chance fell to the
visitors, Greg Cunningham, back in the side after a long-term injury,
heading Danns' cross wide when well placed.

At the other end the Championship's
leakiest defence came close to conceding yet again, Chopra's drilled
effort being kept out by Heaton after the former Newcastle man showed
good feet inside the box.

Neither side could carve out a real chance in the final minutes of a forgettable second half.