Wolves boss Ståle Solbakken was left rueing defensive errors and an inability to get back into the game after today’s 3-1 defeat at Cardiff.
The club’s first ever visit to the Cardiff City Stadium started in bright fashion with Bakary Sako opened the scoring with a tenth minute free kick but within 60 seconds the hosts had equalised through Peter Whittingham’s penalty.
Whittingham then added a second shortly afterwards before completing his hat trick with a superb free kick to leave Wolves returning home empty handed.
“When we got in front the lead lasted only 60 seconds and I think that changed the game,” said the boss.
“Sako scored a good goal and as a team we started well, but the game changed in those three minutes.
“Had it stayed at 1-1 even I think we could have got back into it but then we struggled to do that after the second goal.
“Then we made a stupid error and Cardiff got a penalty which meant we didn’t get the chance to protect that lead.
“We had talked before the game long and hard about making errors in and around the penalty area because of the left foot of Whittingham and he punished us.
“I have seen in the Premier League and the Championship that a lot of games can be decided by set pieces and by stupid mistakes.
“We had some chances towards the end of the first half to try and get back into it.
“But in the second half we didn’t really manage to open them up and at 2-1 down we made another stupid error to give a free kick away and from there we didn’t have the quality to get back into it.
“We should have created more chances and didn’t really manage to do that in the second half especially.
“We gambled a little bit after the third goal with three at the back and three up front and that wasn’t very successful which made it a very messy last 20 minutes from us.
“Maybe that was a mistake from me but I think we didn’t have anything to lose having not created any chances in the second half.
“I am just disappointed that we made stupid errors at important points in the game.”
The squad was also affected by the unavailability of new signings Razak Boukari and Björn Sigurdarson, with the boss deciding to hand Georg Margreitter a watching brief.
“We were a little bit unlucky before the game because we lost Boukari,” said Solbakken.
“He hasn’t played for a while and had a tight hamstring in the game with Northampton.
“We took him off then so hopefully it is not a big problem.
“Bjorn picked up a back problem in the last training session and that made it a little harder for us.
“With Margreitter I wanted him to watch the Championship game to see what it is all about.
“But hopefully all these players can get back into training and we will be ready to go again after the international break.”
Wolves have four points from their first game and the boss admits he would have wanted far more, not using the recent uncertainty with player comings and goings as an excuse.
But he is confident that there will be much better to come with the chance to work closely with those players not departing on international duty over the next fortnight.
“We want to get more points both home and away,” he says.
“I think in both away games we could have got something.
“We had our chances today but all in all Cardiff deserved the victory.
“It is still early days but we want to try and pick up points.
“We have had good spells in some games but we would have liked to have had two or three more points at this stage.
“We have been up and down so far in the games and I think some of the lads also know they can do much better individually.
“We made a lot of unforced errors especially in the second half and players were not at their best.”