Ståle Solbakken has called on Wolves to bounce back to form against Ipswich on Saturday – “because the fans deserve better and the players can perform better.”
Yesterday’s disappointing 3-0 defeat to Peterborough came at the end of a run of three wins in four which had started to move Wolves back up the table, but the wheels came off in surprising fashion against in-form Posh.
The boss took responsibility for the result and the performance, and has now set about ensuring far better is ahead of the visit of Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich at the weekend.
“We all have work to do before Saturday,” he said.
“In the circumstances we are now we have to bounce back straightaway and show we can play good football in front of our own crowd.
“We have to put in a much better performance than we did yesterday because the fans deserve better and the players have shown they are much better.
“We have to pick a solid team so that if we don’t score we still keep a clean sheet at home.
“We can’t let in such easy goals.
“The first was cheap and the second even cheaper – he was able to stand there for ages to stand and aim.
“We have been in this situation before and have come back but we are playing catch-up and that can be hard mentally.
“We have to be physically and mentally ready.”
As ever, consistency is the watchword in the npower Championship, with the boss knowing Wolves need to find it if they are to climb the table over the second half of the season.
“I think that has been our problem for a lot of the season,” he added.
“We haven’t been able to put a run together and we are going to have to do that after what we have been through in late October and November.
“December has been good for us in terms of performance and results but this was a big step backwards.”
The boss said he understood the fans’ reaction to such a poor performance, and backed Jermaine Pennant to deal with the reception he received when substituted 14 minutes from time.
“It was frustration – Jermaine tried his best and in some ways he was successful and in some he wasn’t but that wasn’t only him – there were a few others as well,” said Solbakken.
“I don’t think he was the worst player on the pitch.
“Sometimes you get that reaction – I didn’t hear it because I was too busy talking to David Davis but I’ve been told.
“He is strong enough to live with that.”
When asked if results heightened the need for a big January reshuffle when the transfer window opens, the boss re-iterated that player movements will be geared towards long-term development and not a short-term fix.
“We will look in January to do things that can improve the team,” he said.
“But we are not doing deals just for the sake of it.
“There is a couple of things which could be useful for us and we will see.
“But January is not the easiest transfer window to make deals for the long-term future.
“I don’t want to do deals that are good for two weeks – I want to do deals that we can build on.”