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Boss Admits It's Crisis Time


18:14 1st January 2013

Solbakken reflects on Palace pain

Boss Ståle Solbakken tonight acknowledged Wolves are in a “crisis” after a third successive defeat at a confident Crystal Palace side.

David Davis hit the bar early on for Wolves but after that Palace showed all their attacking flair, two superb free kicks from Andre Moritz either side of a cool finish from Yannick Bolasie providing their three goals.

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake notched a late consolation for his tenth of the season but Wolves were again left empty-handed following on from home defeats against Peterborough and Ipswich.

The boss made no excuses after full time, and admitted there was a job for everyone now to turn things around.

“I think there are many different reasons why things aren’t going well,” said Solbakken.

“At the moment I think we are lacking in confidence and our better players and most experienced players are not at this moment in time at their highest level.

“We cannot make excuses though – we have to pick ourselves up and of course that goes for me too.

“I have the responsibility for the results and we are in a crisis now, no doubt about that.

“We have to have the belief things will get better.

“We are certainly a better team than we showed in the last three games but we now have our backs to the walls in many areas and many of the players who have been very good earlier in the season are struggling.

“Tongo has had a breakdown in a way due to not having a pre-season and felt tight in his hamstring and Sako is having a bit of a problem at the moment as well with his hamstring.

“We have had our problems with injuries and whle that is no excuse in some areas the competition for places is not strong.

“The most important thing though is the players who are here – we are not in a situation where we can buy ourselves out of it.

“The players, with myself and the backroom staff have to get us out of this and overall it is my responsibility.

“That’s how things are in football and that’s how things are with Wolves.

“The manager has the responsibility for results and performances and certainly over this Christmas period it hasn’t been good enough.”

Wolves certainly found Palace too hot to handle after their early promise, the boss admitting the 90 minutes showed the difference between the two sides in the table.

“We have to be honest and say we met a better team today,” he added.

“They were more confident and had more speed in legs and in the mind as well.

“Their four front players were all very good and very quick and the two sitting midfielders protected the back four.

“They have good individual players who all played their part in the victory and they are a very strong team when the opposition have to chase it.

“With the speed of Zaha and Bolasie they are very good on the counter attack and have a good penalty box striker in Murray who is good for a goal or always a threat.

“His physical presence in the box means the second ball is never too far away.

“We had the first chance in the game with the shot which hit the bar and the free kick was a bad blow for us when it came and it got them going.

“Maybe we needed that shot to go in to have something to build on.

“After that they seemed that half a yard or half a second sharper than us and that is also shown by the league table.”

Asked whether he feared for his own future the boss said he had received no such signals in that direction, but was more focused on efforts to improve results.

“The last thing I should worry about is my job,” he said.

“That would only make things worse.

“At the moment all I am thinking about day and night is to see the Wolves we saw for parts earlier in the season.

“That seems a long way away at the moment but only hard work will help us try and turn things around.

“We are not looking good but I do believe I can turn it around – otherwise I wouldn’t be here.”

With Doumbia missing out with a tight hamstring the boss also confirmed Björn Sigurdarson didn’t travel due to a recurrence of the thigh problem which sidelined him for the win at Blackpool.

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