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A Balancing Act


11:50 2nd October 2012

Boss talks with Sako about varied approach


Wolves boss Ståle Solbakken today revealed the team will continue to try and find the right balance between attack and defence in order to pick up positive results.

The new manager has been keen to introduce a more possession-based game this season, which has so far helped Wolves make a promising start to the campaign ahead of tonight’s visit of Crystal Palace.

But even with wanting his side to keep possession, the boss insists it should not stop them being direct when needs be and pushing on for more goals whenever possible.

And equally, he is not going to ask for patience from supporters as he believes they have the right to ask for good, attacking football.

“Our approach is deliberate in the way that we don’t want to open up, but at the same time, I think for all the possession we had in the second half on Saturday, I certainly expect us to create one or two more chances so we can score that second goal,” he says.

“I think we had two chances where we should have at least tested the goalkeeper – in particular Peszko when he fired over the bar.

“I will never, ever demand something from the crowd because I know this is a process: We want to win games and we want to play good, attacking football.

“In the last 35 minutes against Peterborough we had the ball all the time and create three or four good chances and we scored a goal.

“In the last 30 minutes of the first half we were always in their half, but we must also remember what the opposition do.

“If they sit deep with 11 men sitting back, they’re expecting a mistake so they can counter.

“Sheffield Wednesday played the long ball and they didn’t take any chances in the game – they played over the midfield every time, whereas we had to start from the back all the time and they defended very deep.

“We had to play through them, so it also has something to do with the opposition – you can’t just ping it into their two big central defenders because it will kill our strikers.

“It’s not just about Wolverhampton – it’s about who we meet and how we adapt to that as well.”

The boss revealed he has been chatting to Bakary Sako about when to push on and when to sit back, after the winger slowed the game down on several occasions in the second half against Wednesday.

“Sako saved a bit of energy and played a little bit on the result towards the end where he could have attacked,” he said.


“We’ve talked about it yesterday in training and I’ve said that everything has to be done but at the right time.

“I don’t think we can expect much different from him because he’s already a big matchwinner for us.

“But I think he plays in a position where you need to have that little extra to do what he does and you can’t demand everything from him going both ways on the pitch throughout the game.

“I do think at some stages of the game the full-back is also a bit tired and you can feel that and go at him, at the right moments, such as when we’ve played through them.

“It’s also about having the right energy to do that.”

Wolves will be without Razak Boukari (calf) and Stephen Hunt (hip) this evening, as well as those who have been sidelined longer-term, Jamie O’Hara (groin) and Steven Mouyokolo (knee).

*Tickets for tonight's game (7.45pm) will be available in advance on Tuesday via telesales on 0871 222 1877, online or in person at the Ticket Office. THERE WILL BE NO TICKETS AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE AT THE TURNSTILES.  Pre-booked home tickets will be available for collection from the ‘Pre-paid Ticket Collection Office’ in the Stan Cullis Stand from 5pm-7.45pm.


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