Ståle Solbakken admits Saturday’s dip in performance levels at Burnley came as a major surprise – believing it was far worse than the previous three games in which Wolves had failed to garner victory.
Wolves almost snatched a point at Huddersfield before letting slip Molineux leads against Bolton and Charlton, and the boss was not willing to put Saturday’s late rally alongside that trio of performances.
“It has been four games but for me this was a big difference to the others,” he said.
“When you see the first half against Bolton and parts of the second and the first half against Charlton that was different.
“It can be a bad sign when we only play like we did at the end when we had nothing to lose – we don’t want to have it like this.
“You can win, lose or draw games but for me it is about performances as well.
“When you analyse a game it is so easy to find small positive things and forget the overall performance and I could say we created three or four good chances in the final 20 minutes.
“And if we’d scored one we could have scored a second.
“But our performance dropped too deep on Saturday and I did not expect that drop.
“We have been stable for a long, long time and I think players that have raised their performances, especially with the ball, made too many mistakes.
“We didn’t seem to look switched on from the beginning and even when we had control we looked a little bit like we were waiting for something to happen or someone to produce that little bit of extra magic.”
Solbakken also believes Saturday’s game offered more food for thought in terms of style of play, with frontmen like Kevin Doyle and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake far more suited to receiving service on the floor as opposed to in the air.
He added: “In a way maybe it was a good thing to see that when we have to play the long ball we get smashed.
“I think I have seen that enough now.
“We don’t have these powerhouses up front like Austin for Burnley, we have different type of players.
“That was once again shown today – when we kick it long we struggle because we have smaller, technical players who can’t really handle that.”
Next up it’s straight back to action against Hull tomorrow (7.45pm), and with a clean bill of health from all those currently fit the manager will consider tinkering with the team in the wake of Saturday’s performance and the current schedule.
“We will change it around a little bit with the amount of games we have now,” he confirmed.