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Boss: We Paid The Price


19:01 27th October 2012

Solbakken reflects on Molineux draw

Boss Ståle Solbakken tonight admitted Wolves paid the price for a “poor” performance as they were pegged back by Charlton at Molineux.

The team failed to build on an excellent well-worked goal from Bakary Sako and a dominance of first half possession as Lawrie Wilson hit back to notch a 57th minute equaliser before both teams had chances for victory.

One of those saw Wolves have a goal disallowed for offside as Tongo Doumbia’s effort smashed off Kevin Doyle into the net but the manager was more concerned with the level of performance after a second successive home draw.

“I think we controlled the game in the first half and deserved the lead,” he said.

“We hadn’t played to our best – it was not brilliant but it was o-k- and we scored a very good goal and had some other opportunities.

“There was a good build-up for the goal and we had good movement in that period and at half time we talked about wanting a second goal.

“It’s one thing talking about it but another to do it in practice.

“We then had the disallowed goal in the second half and didn’t have much luck with that one from Doyle on the goal-line.

“That could have finished the game off but that’s life!

“I’m not sure it’s a turning point but obviously Charlton scored straight after and that is hard to take.

“There was still plenty of time to come into it and we tried to do it but we weren’t good enough with the ball.

“We didn’t play through them like we did in periods of the first half.

“We gambled a little bit at the end and went with three at the back but it wasn’t enough and it can always be a bit like that when it is the third game in seven days.

“We didn’t manage to finish the game with the higher tempo that we needed.

“We kept losing the ball and it became an open game which could have gone both ways and that’s not what you want especially from a home game – you want to control it better.

“There were chances in the second half with Tongo’s disallowed goal and Sako and Charlton also had two great headed chances.

“The crowd got a little bit anxious and I don’t know if that had an effect on the game and it was a very untidy second half.

“Charlton would have been happier with it than us.”

The boss had no complaints about the disallowed goal decision adding:  “It touched Doyle and when it does that and goes in I think it’s the right decision to give it as offside.

“It may look harsh in practice if the ball was going in but I understand the referee and linesman.”

It may have looked like the clichéd game of two halves but Solbakken was expecting a Charlton response after the break, hence his call for Wolves to try and grab a second goal.

“Charlton’s performance didn’t surprise me because you know they are sitting in there at half time with nothing to lose and knowing they have to have a go at it,” he added.

“They are a strong, physical side especially when the ball is going into the penalty area and we saw against Leeds they had some possibilities there.

“They could even have won the game at the end with that header.

“I didn’t like the second half not only because we didn’t play at our best but also because we didn’t have control over it.

“You can play badly but you can keep the shape and control it and we didn’t do that which is the first time in many halves that has happened.

“We lacked a little bit the combinations which would get us more clear cut chances.

“Even if we controlled the game for long periods we would have liked to have played better.

“We have to work on the training pitch to get better.”

The boss also explained his half time substitution with top scorer Sylvan Ebanks-Blake making way for Björn Sigurdarson.

“It was that we wanted Bjorn to use his physical power,” he said.

“For many players it was the third game in a short period of time and Bjorn was fresh and has shown in training he is ready.

“We had thought of him playing a bigger part today.

“Sylvan had some good moments and some not-so-good.

“It was not that we thought he had played badly, it was more that we thought Bjorn could make a difference.

“We knew Charlton would come at us and Bjorn is a player who can counter and also be a station in there between the lines.”

And there were also no complaints from the manager about the reaction of supporters, who at times vented their frustrations as Wolves were unable to produce a home win.

“Of course I can understand that and no one is more frustrated than us,” he concluded.





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