Ståle Solbakken tonight paid tribute to the Wolves players after an impressive 4-1 win at Bristol City, and challenged them to enjoy a good December to spark a climb in the table.
After a disappointing run of nine games without a win, Wolves hit back in style with four first half goals, Kevin Doyle (2) and Björn Sigurdarson following an opener which has been contested by Stephen Ward and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, or even a Neil Danns own goals!
The manager however will be unconcerned by who got the goals, just pleased with a return to winning ways in the knowledge there are plenty of tough fixtures ahead.
“It was very well done by the lads in terms of the pressure they were under having not picked up points later so it was a good performance,” he said.
“It is never easy to come away to a team that is lower than you in the table after being on the run we have been on.
“Maybe we got some luck which we haven’t had with the first goal which look as if it may have been an own goal.
“After that I think we played very well and scored some good goals and could have added to the tally in the second half.
“We had three or four very good chances inside the first 20 minutes of the second half.
“But I can live fine with the fact that we only scored four!
“We played some nice stuff and scored some good goals.
“We did something slightly different today by dragging Kevin Doyle a little bit towards the midfield and putting Sigurdarson on the right because we knew that Bristol City’s left hand side was strong in the offensive but not so strong defensively.
“That decision paid off today with a goal and an assist for Sigurdarson – he is not used to playing there but today he did that ok.”
Solbakken was pleased with the clinical edge shown in front of goal which has been missing in recent games, but was not getting carried away, insisting more of the same will be needed over the coming weeks.
“To be fair we haven’t been the most effective side in front of goal,” he said.
“We have had a lot of chances in the first halves of games where we could have had goals but it just hasn’t gone our way.
“Today it did that but we are certainly not getting carried away.
“We have another injury with Dave Edwards and December is going to be a hard month for us before the other long term injuries come back.
“If we can come through the month with a certain amount of points then I think everything can happen.
“Hopefully we can build on this and we can be a December team because we certainly weren’t a November team!
“I have always known with these injuries that we have that in time we will grow as a team with or without a good transfer window.
“Four or five players will come back and compete for a place in January whatever happens.
“So I think there is a good chance of climbing the table in the New Year.”
It was an excellent afternoon for the 1,724-strong travelling following who haven’t had much to cheer about in recent weeks.
The boss was delighted for them, and again repeated he has no problem about fans having their way when things are not going well.
“I have said all along that fans are entitled to raise their voices when things are not going well and that is no issue for us,” he said.
“To be fair the fans have been really good for us this season.
“Obviously in some periods of games they have their opinions heard and that is fine because if there is no pressure and no one cares then it wouldn’t matter if you won or lost.
“We are at a big club and have to live with that expectation and I would certainly not blame any fans or talk about fan pressure because that should always be there.
“If none of us felt pressure then we would not be human.
“It is part of the game and Wolverhampton Wanderers is a big club so there should always be pressure.”
After his car was daubed in paint in the week, Solbakken had joked he would gladly swop the car for three points this afternoon.
So it proved, and he was asked afterwards if it was a fair swop?!
“Well I’m driving (Club Secretary) Richard Skirrow’s car at the moment so people can throw as much paint on it as they want!” he added with a smile.
*Edwards left the stadium on crutches with his hamstring injury and will be further assessed on Monday.