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A Winning Mentality

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09:02 18th November 2013

Edwards reflects on hard-fought victory

Dave Edwards believes Wolves have found the sort of winning mentality which serve them well in the push for promotion this season.

The midfielder likened Saturday’s 1-0 victory at Notts County to a similar success at Doncaster the last time Wolves were promoted, back in the 2008/09 campaign.

Edwards believes those are the sort of results – gained while missing several members of the first team squad away on international duty – which can go a long way to securing a successful season.

“We have got good strength throughout the squad,” said the Welsh international.

“You look at it and we have five international players away this week and we can still come to Notts County and get a result.

“You look at the bench and the strength in depth and everything is there.

“It is reminiscent for me of the Championship year when we went up.

“Saturday felt for me like when we went to Doncaster in that season and Neill Collins got the winner late on and we won 1-0.

“You just feel like you are not going to lose the game and that we will get a chance and when it comes along we will take it.

“There is a long way to go but that is the sort of feeling you have and we need to make sure we keep it going.”

Edwards played as the most advanced of a central midfield trio supporting Jake Cassidy in the first half, before reverting to one of two after a tactical switch at half time saw Kenny Jackett introduce Leigh Griffiths and Wolves switch to 4-4-2.

And, along similar lines to away victories at Port Vale, Shrewsbury and Colchester already this season, Wolves emerged from a battling first half to grow stronger and create many more chances in the second and run out deserved winners.

Edwards said:  “We probably thought it would be a little more solid to start with three in there for us but for whatever reason we couldn’t get our game going in the first half.

“I think that was down to Notts County as well – they were pressing us so much and were obviously trying to impress.

“They’ve got a new manager, there was a big crowd and they are in a dogfight.

“I’ve been there before and all you want to do is press the ball and I thought they did that really well.

“At the same time I think we managed their aggression and the tempo they were trying to play at and limited them to that one good chance in the first half.

“There wasn’t much space in the first half but in the second with Griff coming on it stretched the game a little bit.

“Then it was a case of being solid and producing some counter attacks and I thought we did that really well.

“I thought we looked really strong in the second half and grew into the game and looked fit and like a team which is trying to be champions.

“With Danny and Stears at centre halves and myself and Kevin sat in front of them there is a lot of experience in there and I think in the second half it was a case of us four making sure we were a solid block.

“The wingers came in nice and narrow when we didn’t have the ball and I thought we were really solid and when we were penned back, when we won the ball and made that first pass stick we were at them going forward.

“You look at the pace and the firepower we have got up front and we are certainly capable of scoring goals.

“It was just unfortunate that we didn’t get more than we did.”

The one that did arrive came from Ethan Ebanks-Landell, who while making his first league start for Wolves has shown in training what he is capable of at set pieces.

“In training Ethan is always dangerous on set pieces – he’s a big lad and very aggressive,” said Edwards.

“It’s what dreams are made of to score on your first league start for Wolves.

“The boys were made up for him in the dressing room afterwards and it was nice to see a local lad who has come through the Academy getting the winner in such a big game.

“And overall I think we deserved it.

“You look at clear cut chances and I think in the first half they had a good chance with a header.

“But in the second we had I think four one-on-ones and other chances too and should have put the game to bed a bit earlier than we did.

“It was a good, positive, strong and solid performance.”

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