Wolves boss Ståle Solbakken tonight reflected on a “well deserved victory” after Bakary Sako’s first half free kick accounted for Sheffield Wednesday at Molineux.
The clinical finish helped secure a fourth successive npower Championship victory, and third successive clean sheet, for Solbakken’s team, who have now climbed from 23rd to third in the table in the space of a fortnight.
Although only a goal ahead, Wolves were rarely troubled in the second half with keeper Carl Ikeme not being overly called into action as the team saw the game out in confident fashion.
“I thought we were by far the best team and they didn’t really have a big chance all game,” said the boss.
“After the first ten minutes I thought we were the strongest team.
“We controlled the game for long periods and in some periods should have made more out of our possession and in the second half could have created more chances.
“But at the other end we defended well.
“You are always hoping for a second goal to try and kill the game off but to be fair to all my players today they didn’t let Sheffield Wednesday create anything.
“I didn’t think we were in big danger but of course at 1-0 that can always happen.
“They are normally very good on set pieces but we took really good care of them.
“It was a well deserved victory.”
There were however a couple of controversial moments during the game, notably in the early stages when Michael Antonio went down in the box following Stephen Ward’s challenge and Sako’s goal coming from a re-taken free kick after being penalised and booked for initially firing wide before the whistle.
“I saw the (penalty) situation but I was ten metres further away from Dave Jones and I didn’t get the chance to see it properly,” he added.
“It was a long way from the dugout so I can’t agree or disagree with him on that.
“With the free kick I think it is the rules not to take it until the referee blows the whistle.
“That is why Sako gets the yellow card and the punishment he deserves.
“The referee was standing with his back to the goal and getting the wall right and Sako made a mistake.
“He then scored with the second one but I think the referee got it spot-on with both the yellow card and the re-take.
“From the body language of the referee with his back to the goal it all suggested he wasn’t ready until he blew the whistle.”
The boss declined to suggest that victory today vindicated his decision to make so many changes at Chelsea on Tuesday, admitting the 6-0 Capital One Cup defeat was certainly not what he was looking for!
“I don’t want to go into big discussions about this because if you lose 6-0 you have lost the discussion before you start,” he added.
“When I saw the fixture list I saw we had seven games in 21 days and Chelsea was number four with three before and three after I made the decision a long time ago.
“I knew that this is what we would do and when I saw Chelsea’s line-up I knew that we were in trouble!
“And after 17 minutes we were 3-0 down and in serious trouble.
“It wasn’t done only for the league form but also because I have a lot of good players here coming in every day and doing their best.
“I got some answers about players individually in the game that helps me for the future.
“We lost 6-0 but some of the youngsters had a good experience that they can build on.
“I would have no trouble going far in that tournament if I could but you just have to take everything into consideration.
“We wanted to go through but you could also have lost in Rounds 4, 5, 6 or however many they are!”
The only real negative of the afternoon came with the early withdrawal of winger Razak Boukari, who limped off with a calf injury following a tackle.
He will not be available for Tuesday’s return to Championship action against Crystal Palace.
“He is not ok and I think he will be out for some weeks,” added the boss.
“I think he has done something to his calf muscle.”