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Boss Takes Responsibility


12:12 20th November 2012

Solbakken hoped to maintain rhythm

Boss Ståle Solbakken today took responsibility for Wolves’ recent away performances, after spending a “really tough Sunday” going through the DVD’s.

After a decent run of form on the road, Wolves have now lost four on the spin, in contrast to home form where despite needing to turn draws into wins, the team have been beaten only once.

The manager admits he may have suffered from trying to maintain continuity as a new style of play is bedded in, rather than change the squad for away games depending on the challenge in store.

“I had a really tough Sunday analysing what has gone wrong and I looked at a lot of DVDs to watch the games,” he says.

“I have to take responsibility.

“But what I think I’ve done wrong when I look back now is that I may have gone too much in the same way of thinking so as not to break our rhythm so we can progress.

“It’s my responsibility to put it right.

“I think the biggest chance of improving in the short term is to pick a more physical side, because I haven’t picked a physical enough side in some games.

“I have to be honest about that and hold my hand up.

“Away from home, maybe we haven’t got what we deserved and that’s my responsibility to put right.

“I thought we were on the right track when we went on that run and didn’t let in any goals in three away games on the trot.

"But after the international break, we haven’t really produced and that could be because I have chosen too offensive a side, or maybe a less physical line-up.

“That’s something I’m going to have to look harder at each time.

“I did it because I didn’t want to break up the rhythm because we’d been on a very good run and I wanted to keep it going.

“But it’s been payback time for that in a way.”

The boss has admitted that hopes of playing in a more counter-attacking way have been hampered by losing players like Razak Boukari and Slawomir Peszko to injury, as well as missing the creativity of Jamie O’Hara.

But he does not want to use those absentees as an excuse.

“I think in some away games, we’ve lacked the counter-attacking players who have a counter-attacking mind,” he says.

“The ones who are best at that are Razak Boukari and Slawomir Peszko and so their absence has taken away the possibilities to change it around a bit, as has Jamie O’Hara not being available.

“It’s me who has the responsibility for especially in what we’ve done in some away games.

“We may have to look differently at it against certain teams.

“That may also be easier when we get some of the players back from injury and get more possibilities.

“But I’m not using that as an excuse – I’ve more than enough to choose from at the moment.

"I have to look myself in the mirror and say in some of the away games maybe I shouldn’t have thought so much about the rhythm and continuity, but maybe this or that game needs a more physical side, or a more defensive side, or a counter-attacking side.”

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