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Boss: "Pressure Is On Me"


14:41 26th November 2012

Sako a doubt for visit of Lions

Ståle Solbakken this afternoon insisted the players remain “100 per cent” behind what the club is doing to do this season – as he shaped up to possibly missing star man Bakary Sako against Millwall tomorrow.


Sako is rated at 50-50 with a thigh injury picked up against Nottingham Forest on Saturday, while Tongo Doumbia may also be a doubt after the boss admitted he has “hit the wall” when it comes to his fitness due to not having a full pre-season.


Whoever plays against the in-form Lions, the boss believes they will give their all but is happy to take the pressure and responsibility of the current eight-game winless streak on his own shoulders.


“If there is pressure, then it is on me,” he said.


“Football is about results and it’s fair that questions are raised, and you have to live with that when you go on a long run without winning.

Asked if he felt the players were still behind what he’s trying to do, Solbakken said: “From what I’ve seen at the training ground, we’re 100 per cent in it together.


“Some players felt the heat and maybe didn’t do themselves or the team justice.


“But when you’re under pressure – and we are under pressure now – then the reaction can be different from player to player.


“If you look at yourself in the mirror, you need to look at everything – sticking to the gameplan, effort and maybe as players, coach and manager to believe in what we’re doing, and to make the right decisions.


“For me now it’s important to do the things I believe in.

“At this moment in time, there are probably 50,000 better coaches or managers in Wolverhampton than me.


“But I don’t think that’s the case. I do what I believe in and I can look at myself in the mirror.


“For a player, maybe they don’t succeed in everything they do, but if they can come off the pitch saying they didn’t hide, and did exactly what we tried to do and did a little extra to help their team-mate, that’s what I call looking at themselves in the mirror.”


On the possibility of adding Sako and Doumbia to the lengthy list of absentees the boss added:  “Sako is doubtful – probably 50-50 but he’s progressed from yesterday and he’s better today.


“It means we’re holding back on a decision.


“It’s not a big injury but it’s not a long time from Saturday to Tuesday so it’s a concern.


“Tongo has gone into the wall fitness-wise compared to where he was a few weeks ago.


“It’s maybe something to do with not having a full pre-season.”


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