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Boss: "A Good Week"


18:08 22nd September 2012

Solbakken pleased with nine points from nine

Ståle Solbakken was tonight left reflecting on a “good week” after Wolves took nine points out of nine – but warned there is still much more work to do.

A convincing 2-0 win at Peterborough made it three wins in three days for a Wolves side growing in confidence and togetherness with each 90 minutes.

Two of the three successes have come on the road, and Wolves have also chalked up two successive clean sheets as a penalty from Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and first in gold for Björn Sigurdarson wrapped things up at London Road.

“It’s been a good week for us,” said the boss.

“We have managed to get nine points from three games and two of those have been away.

“We still have things to work with and new players settling in and coming into positions which big players have had here.

“Every day it is getting better and we have to carry on working on that.

“I do think we can go straight to heaven at once – we still have a lot to work on but it is going o-k at the moment.

“Before the penalty I think we had started to create chances .

“Peterborough came out strongly but after the first five or ten minutes I think we controlled it.

“In the last 35 minutes of the first half we played very well for long periods with a high tempo.

“Taking into consideration it was our third game in six days we did really well.

“It was a more even second half and it was natural that Peterborough would come at us.

“We were a bit more sloppy and had one or two failures in concentration so they had some chances but all in all it was a very deserved victory.

“It was good for Björn to get the second goal and after that there was only maybe ten or 12 minutes left.

“We could maybe have killed the game off earlier and in football if you don’t take your chances in the Championship the games always go right to the very end.

“But at the same time you can’t score from every chance and it was good to get the second goal.”

The boss was full of praise for his players who were dominant for almost all the 90 minutes and avoided the banana skin against a Peterborough side searching for their first point of the season.

“The players showed good character,” added Solbakken.

“They were a bit tired at the end and we had one day less rest than Peterborough as we did Ipswich but they stood the distance and got another clean sheet.

“The players should get a lot of credit for the way they defended, throwing themselves in front of shots to make blocks.

“I don’t think anyone can ever get completely used to the Championship!

“Every game is very even from what I have seen so far.

“Some teams have started better than others and Peterborough are on the bottom and yet I think they can beat anyone in the league on their day.”

The boss was also pleased for both his goalscorers, Ebanks-Blake with his 50th league goal for Wolves and Sigurdarson with his first.

“I didn’t know that about Sylvan but it’s very good – let’s hope he gets 50 more!

“For Björn it was a very good goal, a great chip over the goalkeeper.

“I think he will have a good bus trip home to Wolverhampton tonight!”

The boss also praised the returning Kevin Foley – “he looked very stable and comfortable on the ball.”

But in terms of being fifth in the npower Championship table having been 23rd this time last week?

“I don’t think the position is so important at the moment,” Solbakken added.

“I think what is important is that we continue to develop the new players together with the players that have been here before.

“We had not planned to start the season slowly in the first few games but it was not that strange.

“The players went very late in the transfer window and we brought in other players late as well.

“They hadn’t had much time together on the pitch and we also started with many young players together in the team.”



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