Boss Ståle Solbakken pulled no punches in the wake of Wolves’ disappointing defeat at Burnley, admitting the last three halves of football played by his team have simply been “not good enough”.
The straight-talking boss said he would not be hiding behind any excuses and said too many players who have operated at high levels this season had an off day in the 2-0 defeat at Turf Moor.
With the next game coming around quickly at Hull on Tuesday, Solbakken called for his team to respond and return to the sort of form which saw them win five out of six games prior to the last international break.
“It was a very frustrating afternoon and a bad performance overall,” he said.
“After the first goal we struggled big-time and made it hard for ourselves by giving them opportunities and they punished us for that.
“Up until that point it was two teams not really producing any chances but they got on top after scoring the goal.
“We were not really in the game until there were 20 minutes or so to go when we changed things around with three at the back and created four or five big chances.
“But I think that was one of the days when we could have carried on playing until now and wouldn’t have scored.
“Sako hit the post and then we had the chance to get the rebound into an open goal but the ball just fell those centimetres short.
“It is important not to hide behind anything, it was a bad performance for long periods.
“Simple as that – we were not good enough.
“Infact our three latest halves of football have not been good enough and we have to work on that and on getting a strong team out as we need to win on Tuesday.
“We made some easy mistakes and we didn’t play fast enough and when the chances came at the end we didn’t punish them.
“It was one of those days when many of our players who have been rock solid for a long, long time had an off day.
“If you say this team has been together for ten games this was the poorest performance of them all.
“Going back to Cardiff that was when new players had only just come so that was not so strange – the team was not settled.
“But after we have worked together and all know what to do and what to expect then this was the poorest one.
“It is a surprise that it went so badly.”
Wolves have taken two points from their last four fixtures following that decent run, and the boss is keen to bring an end to recent disappointment very quickly.
“We must make sure that this period is short and we can recover and start picking up points again,” he said.
“We didn’t start the season well but we then had a good run.
“But now in the last four games we have only picked up two points even though one or two of the performances have been ok.
“I hope this was an uncharacteristic performance and I think it was.
“We have been quite strong and played some good stuff but not in these last halves.
“We gave sloppy chances away and sloppy goals and that happens in football but we had many players today putting in a bad performance and all at the same time which makes it difficult.
“Strong teams battle back from days like this and we have to do that now.
“There is always a new game coming very fast in this league so we have to pick ourselves up and try to pick up some points.
“We need to get on the horse again on Tuesday and ride a bit faster than we did today."
Solbakken also said he will look at his own performance in terms of team selection as well as assessing the players.
“Maybe I also have to look at if I picked the right team but I was confident before that we would have a good game and we didn’t do that,” he added.
“I don’t want to blame any players because all the players tried as hard as they could but it wasn’t their day.
“Then it’s always down to the manager who has responsibility for performances and it wasn’t good today.
“I also had to count to ten after the game because it is then that you sometimes you something you regret.
“I think I avoided that but it was close!
“We just have to make sure that this drop in form does not go on for too long.”