08:30 11th August 2014
Dave Edwards scored the only goal of the game in Wolves' 1-0 opening day victory over Norwich City but the midfielder was quick to praise his provider.
Edwards made no mistake in the 64th minute after Man of the Match Rajiv Van La Parra picked the Wales international out with an inch-perfect cross and the 28-year-old hailed his teammate's performance.
"He put four or five brilliant crosses in today, the cross makes the goal," said Edwards before adding: "All I’ve got to do is arrive and get some sort of contact. The pace on it and the area he puts it in, I know I’ve just got to get across my man and that’s enough.
“I’ve been hammering Rajiv right from the start of pre-season when he first came in. He would get the ball and try and come inside and shoot or he’d take his man on two or three times.
“I said you’ve just got to beat your man and get a cross in and to be fair to him he’s taken everything on board.”
The visitors were reduced to ten men minutes before the goal after Martin Olsson received a second yellow card for pulling back Van La Parra who had rapidly got goal-side of the Canaries full-back and was through on goal.
Edwards agreed with the referee's decision to prouduce a second yellow card, he said: “I think it was a booking so it was the right decision. It was a definite sending off and I think that’s what changed the game as well.
"Rajiv caused them all sorts of problems with his pace, when you’ve got wingers like him and Sako as well as Dicko up front it kills teams in this league.”
The midfielder was pleased with Wolves' performance against a strong Norwich side. “It was a typical Championship game. They reminded me of us when we got relegated from the Premiership, I think they were a little bit shell-shocked from the intensity.
“For the first 10-15 minutes I though we pressed really well and that’s what you’ve got to do in the Championship.
“When we let them have it I thought we gave them too much space and they looked like they were going to hurt us but when we got higher up the pitch and didn’t let them play out I thought we were much the better team.
“We counter-attacked so well and I think away from home we’ll be even better. We do dominate the ball but on the counter-attack we look really good.”