Boss Ståle Solbakken tonight pinpointed an “awful” second half as the factor behind a night of Molineux disappointment against Millwall – but vowed he is the man to turn fortunes around after nine games without a win.
For the second time in four days an impressive first half display was followed by a far different second, and once again it was a former Wolves player delivering the hammer blow as Andy Keogh followed Adlene Guedioura’s lead with a pivotal winner.
The straight-talking manager once again took full responsibility for the pain of defeat, and admits the longer the run goes on the more difficult it becomes for the players to arrest it.
“If you look at the game today we worked really hard to make sure that we were very offensive in the beginning,” said Solbakken.
“In the first half we went at them and created big chances and should have had a clear penalty and not a free kick – it was a yard inside the box.
“The first 20-25 minutes were really good and we were by far the best team and we can look in the mirror and say the first half overall was an o-k performance.
“We played some good stuff and should have had a couple of goals.
“But the second half was probably the worst we have done this season, we were nervous and it was very untidy and very poor.
“We couldn’t get hold of the ball, we kicked it when we should have kept it and we kept it when we should have kicked it.
“We looked nervous, we looked disorganised and not like a football team and we have to be honest about that.
“I think they felt they had a chance then when they didn’t feel it in the first half when they struggled to keep up with us.
“In the second half we were awful and we can’t really say anything else than sorry for the second half because that was as bad as it can be.
“We were going optimistically into two home games but played two very bad second halves and there’s only one man to blame to get it going again and that is me.
“I have to sort this out quickly because it’s not normal that players with that ability do so many technical mistakes and tactical mistakes as we did in the second half.
“That is how it is for us at the moment – we can’t really get the margins on our side and we keep losing games by one goal.
“The longer the run goes on the more difficult it becomes.”
The manager was asked whether he feared for his future given the run of nine without a win which has seen Wolves fall down the npower Championship table, but delivered a determined response that he will turn the club’s season around.
“Results are football – it is a results business,” he said.
“I don’t think it is wise to think in that direction.
“I have been brought here to bring success in the long term and in the short term and at the moment in the short term we are not.
“I can sit here and excuse myself and find many factors but I don’t think that is right at this moment in time.
“When you have gone eight or nine games without a win it is all about the next game and my mind should not be focused away from that.
“I understand these questions would be asked but I started the press conference by saying there is one man who has the biggest responsibility and I would not hide away from that – it is a fair question.
“I don’t think it is very wise if that happened.
“It would be different if I sensed that something wasn’t right at the training ground and we could see this wasn’t going anywhere at all – that would be another question.
“Of course I am worried about the situation because we are not winning games and it is the manager’s job to make sure we do that.
“If there is one man who is going to have the pressure then it is me.
“I am the man who has to get confidence back in the team and for me I am full of confidence I will turn this around and that I am the right man.
“I think the players have that feeling as well, I don’t think I have to win them over.
“They are very much behind me but that’s how football is.
“I am enjoying it here working with these players and I hope that we can be successful together in the short and long terms.”
The boss, whose name was sung on several occasions by the home fans during the 90 minutes, also accepted the boos from many supporters at the full time whistle.
And he said everyone will be giving their all to try and get things back on track at Bristol City on Saturday.
“What hurts us most is not being able to get one or three points in a home game,” he added.
“We will be trying as hard as we can and working every day to try and turn the corner.
“That’s all I can say.
“I can’t promise anything other than we will work hard and will do everything we can in the next game to get our first win for some time.
“The fans applauded us off at half time and booed us at full time and that was a fair reflection of the game and a fair reaction.”