Don't miss these

Transfer news, rumours and gossip from Thursday's papers
    The FA's bizarre handling of the England boss vacancy could end up costing Spurs a lot more than a top four spot
      Why Comolli's shock departure is the start of a new Boston revolution at Anfield
        VIDEO: When Gary Met Sally - Watch hilarious mash-up of G-Nev's orgasmic reaction to Torres goal
          Transfer news, rumours and gossip from Wednesday's papers
            Why that moment of madness will haunt Terry forever
              Why I voted for Valencia, not RvP, as player of the year
                Why priceless RvP is the most deserving Footballer of the Year winner for years
                  Serie A blog: The disgraceful display by Genoa fans on Sunday was the inevitable result of Italian football's cosy relationship with Ultras
                    The fact that Newcastle fans may now be disappointed to finish fifth proves just how good their season has been
                      Barca go into this game in unfamiliar territory - can Guardiola get them back on track and into another final?
                        Transfer news, rumours and gossip from Tuesday's papers
                          Why Chelsea are taking on Barcelona AND the whole Messi-loving world at the Nou Camp
                            Lawro previews Barcelona v Chelsea: Why Blues must be mythbusters and netbusters
                              3PM Extra: Luis Suarez trips himself up, Sevilla's tennis ball protest and hilarious new ExplodingHeads sketch
                                Matt Lawrence's diary: My exciting new book project, home schooling and Peppa Pig addicition
                                  Bundesliga blog: The amazing story of Freiburg's Great Escape
                                    Everton fans will be delighted by Old Trafford fightback - but why couldn't they have done it at Wembley?
                                      Barcelona vs Chelsea preview: Can the Blues complete the job? Martin Lipton assesses their chances
                                        Transfer news, rumours and gossip from Monday's papers
                                          Why's Ashley Young diving into the Apple Store? And why's Nick Bendtner off Arsene's Xmas card list?
                                            Transfer news, rumours and gossip from Sunday's papers
                                              Why I hope Chelsea can pull off the greatest English result in the history of European football against Barca
                                                Why I'm backing champion jockey Ferguson to go the distance against the novices of City
                                                  Van Persie is a no-brainer for Player of the Year, but who has been the best manager?

                                                    Is Lionel Messi the best footballer ever?

                                                    Lee Tomlin (2 mins)
                                                    Dwight Gayle (6 mins)
                                                    George Thorne (47 mins)
                                                    Mark Little (69 mins)
                                                    Gabriel Zakuani (83 mins)
                                                    Keith Andrews ((45 + 3 mins) mins)
                                                    Keith Andrews (56 mins)
                                                    Benik Afobe (85 mins)
                                                    Martin Petrov (87 mins)

                                                    npower Championship , Dec 22, 2012
                                                    Ground: London Road Ground , Kickoff: 15:00 , Att 6,600

                                                    Team news

                                                    Same again for Posh Nathaniel Knight-Percival has recovered from an ankle injury to enable Peterborough boss Darren Ferguson to name an unchanged side against Bolton at London Road.

                                                    Centre-half Knight-Percival hobbled off midway through the second half of last Saturday's surprise 2-1 win at npower Championship leaders Cardiff.

                                                    Ferguson said: "Nat is fine. Obviously I never declare my team too early as I have to take into account the tactics and strength of the opposition, but it would be hard to make any changes after the performance at Cardiff." Should Posh be unchanged, defenders Craig Alcock, Shaun Brisley and Kane Ferdinand, midfielders Danny Swanson and Grant McCann and striker Jaanai Gordon-Hutton, who scored twice in a FA Youth Cup win this week, could again make up the substitutes.

                                                    David Ngog is pushing for a start for Bolton.

                                                    Ngog came off the bench to bag a brace as Dougie Freedman's men overcame Charlton 2-0 at the Reebok Stadium last weekend.

                                                    On-loan Aston Villa full-back Stephen Warnock completes his spell this weekend, although Wanderers are keen on seeking an extension.

                                                    The situation among Freedman's long-term absentees remains unchanged.

                                                    Midfielder Mark Davies is sidelined for around three months after undergoing shoulder surgery, defender Matt Mills will not feature again until the new year with a thigh injury while Stuart Holden, David Wheater and Josh Vela remain unavailable due to long-term knee problems.

                                                    Bolton captain Kevin Davies is determined to see his team-mates follow up last week's success with another positive result.

                                                    "We've had a positive result a few times and not followed it up," he told Wanderers' official website. "Frustration is a word I've probably mentioned 50 times this year.

                                                    Match predictor

                                                    Your predictions

                                                    Your predictions about Peterborough and Bolton

                                                    Peterborough vs Bolton

                                                    Last modified 17:24 22/12/12

                                                    Posh prevail in thriller Peterborough's flying start proved decisive as they edged Bolton 5-4 in a nine-goal thriller at London Road.

                                                    Buoyed by their surprise victory over leaders Cardiff last week, Posh raced into a two goal lead inside six minutes thanks to Lee Tomlin and Dwight Gayle.

                                                    Wanderers midfielder Keith Andrews reduced the arrears from the penalty spot but George Thorne's drive made it 3-1 shortly after half-time.

                                                    Another Andrews spot kick prompted Bolton's most promising period of the match but United defenders Mark Little and Gabriel Zakuani got in on the act to apparently make the points safe.

                                                    But there was a final twist as Wanderers substitutes Benik Afobe and Martin Petrov netted inside the final six minutes to set up a grandstand finish.

                                                    Victory for Barnsley at Millwall and Bristol City's draw at Ipswich means Darren Ferguson's side remain bottom of the table, while Dougie Freedman's Bolton head into Christmas eight points shy of the play-off places in 16th.

                                                    A cross-field ball from George Boyd in the second minute skidded through Bolton centre-back Zat Knight on the greasy surface, allowing Tomlin to race clear before cutting back onto his right foot and planting a low shot past Adam Bogdan.

                                                    Wanderers goalkeeper Bogdan made a magnificent reflex save to stop Tomlin doubling his tally moments later but the Hungary international could do nothing when Sam Ricketts failed to clear Tommy Rowe's cross and Gayle thrashed home on the half-volley - his fifth goal in four games.

                                                    Confidence was understandably coursing through Peterborough and Boyd fizzed an ambitious 35-yard effort narrowly over after Thorne dispossessed Andrews.

                                                    In the 15th minute Tomlin went close again, skipping past two challenges before curling against the post from the edge of the box.

                                                    Boyd passed up the opportunity to add a third, shooting wide at the end of a mazy run, before Bolton were handed a lifeline in first half stoppage time.

                                                    Zakuani was penalised for holding down Ricketts when Butterfield delivered a corner from the right and, despite Chris Eagles volleying the loose ball into the net, referee Nigel Miller pointed to the spot.

                                                    Andrews held his nerve, blasting low to the left of Posh goalkeeper Robert Olejnik - a virtual spectator for the opening 45 minutes.

                                                    But haphazard defending undid Bolton at the start of the second half, as it had in the first, and after they failed to clear in the 47th minute Thorne swept home from the edge of the area.

                                                    Freedman threw on Marvin Sordell and Afobe shortly afterward to bolster his side's attack and the latter helped them reduce the advantage again with 56 minutes played.

                                                    A bustling run from Arsenal loanee was ended illegally in the area by Joe Newell and once more Andrews did the honours.

                                                    Afobe continued to cause problems for the Peterborough defence but at the other end there remained plenty to encourage the hosts and their two goal lead was restored for a third time.

                                                    Tomlin dragged wide after being teed up by strike partner Gayle and, with 21 minutes to go, Little emphatically drove into the top corner at the back post from Newell's left wing cross.

                                                    Zakuani's far post header to convert Tomlin's right wing corner appeared to have sealed it but Afobe and Petrov had other ideas.

                                                    The former converted his team-mates' 84th minute corner from close range and when Petrov emphatically crashed into the top corner on the angle three minutes later Bolton had got to within touching distance of a point they scarcely deserved.

                                                    Team Line-ups

                                                    Player rating out of ten Player name Substitution Did they score? Player's disciplinary record Rating
                                                    1 Robert Olejnik
                                                    6 Michael Bostwick
                                                    5 Gabriel Zakuani Goal
                                                    20 Nathaniel Knight-Percival
                                                    19 Mark Little(sub 88) Goal
                                                    33 George Thorne Goal
                                                    14 Tommy Rowe
                                                    10 George Boyd
                                                    17 Joe Newell(sub 80)
                                                    34 Dwight Gayle Goal
                                                    8 Lee Tomlin Goal
                                                    13 Joe Day
                                                    3 Craig Alcock(sub 88)
                                                    4 Shaun Brisley
                                                    7 Danny Swanson
                                                    11 Grant McCann
                                                    16 Daniel Kearns
                                                    18 Kane Ferdinand(sub 80)
                                                    Player rating out of ten Player name Did they score? Player's disciplinary record Substitution Rating
                                                    1 Adam Bogdan
                                                    2 Tyrone Mears
                                                    18 Samuel Ricketts
                                                    12 Zat Knight
                                                    15 Stephen Warnock
                                                    20 Jay Spearing
                                                    8 Keith Andrews(sub 80) Goal
                                                    27 Chung-Yong Lee(sub 50)
                                                    29 Jacob Butterfield(sub 49)
                                                    7 Chris Eagles
                                                    14 Kevin Davies
                                                    26 Rob Lainton
                                                    3 Marcos Alonso
                                                    5 Tim Ream
                                                    10 Martin Petrov(sub 80) Goal
                                                    17 Benik Afobe(sub 49) Goal
                                                    19 Marvin Sordell(sub 50)
                                                    21 Darren Pratley

                                                    Match stats

                                                    Team Peterborough Bolton

                                                    Latest columnists