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Boss: "A Tough Time"


01:29 7th November 2012

Hull defeat continues Wolves' bad run

Boss Ståle Solbakken admits Wolves are going through a “tough time” after taking two points from their last five games and need to “toughen up” to improve their fortunes in the npower Championship.

Tuesday’s night’s 2-1 defeat to Hull was the club’s third successive  away defeat and fifth game in total without victory, far cry from the previous spell when Wolves had won five out of six in the league.

The boss has now called for the team to stick together to make sure they can return to that sort of form, starting against Brighton on Saturday.

“We are in a bad spell at the moment for points and for every game we don’t pick anything up it gets more serious,” said the boss.

“That makes the pressure come here for every game.

“These are tough times but you have to live with that and come through it.

“Since the international break I think we could have had points in each game apart from Burnley.

“In the other four games we could have had one or three points but we finish with two in total.

“It is important that we stand together now and believe.

“We have no margins and have to toughen up and not feel sorry for ourselves and continue playing.”

The boss viewed the Hull defeat as another tight game punctuated by Sone Aluko’s first half free kick going around the Wolves wall and then a second from Jay Simpson which went in off the post from via the byline.

Chances at both ends were few and far between, but after Wolves pulled one back thanks to James Chester’s own goal another late rally was not enough to earn a point.

“It was an unnecessary loss because I think they hardly created any chances,” added Solbakken.

“I think we were the better side for long periods but they scored from the free kick when I don’t think the wall was in the right place.

“It had been a very even first half and I think that was their only shot at goal.

“We pressurised them at the end of the first half and then they scored out of nothing at the start of the second.

“I don’t see how the second goal can go in, that was one in a hundred and I don’t think he can score from that angle again.

“That gave us a mountain to climb and a real difficulty to come back.

“We managed to get one goal back and were close to a second but we didn’t manage to do that and it wasn’t our day.

“In the second half we played with a much higher tempo and they struggled to cope with us but they had their lead and defended it well.”

Solbakken continued:  “We were playing against a top Championship team away from home so we can’t expect to roll them over.

“But I think that as the game went along I don’t think we can say it was one problem or another.

“In the first half maybe we played too slow in periods but that is also because Hull are very compact and waited for us to make mistakes.

“They are good at that with five at the back and they could use their advantage of being ahead.

“We also didn’t make too many chances to score but that goes up and down during a season.

“They only really had three good chances and the last one of those came at the end when we were risking everything to try and get a goal.

“We were harshly punished today - it was far better than it was against Burnley and this time we dominated the game for long periods.”

Solbakken said all three players who came into the side – Richard Stearman, Dave Edwards and Björn Sigurdarson – could be “satisfied” with their performances.

He now knows however that the team as a whole need to start putting points on the board and rediscover some consistency in a division notorious for inconsistency.

“It is a crazy division but we are playing in a crazy division and at the moment we are not doing that well enough and not picking up points,” he said.

“We have to improve in that department.

“We are not out of it at all but we have to pick up points quickly.”


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