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11:45 18th December 2012

Boss determined to come through misfortune

Ståle Solbakken today admitted the club’s run of misfortune with injuries and bad decisions in recent weeks is as bad as he has experienced in his managerial career.


But the Wolves boss doesn’t want to use bad luck as an excuse, insisting:  “As the leader it’s up to me to deal with it.”


Wolves have suffered a string of unfortunate impact injuries this season, with Solbakken’s new signings particularly hard hit, while some hugely controversial officials’ decisions have also gone against the team in recent weeks, most recently the handball against Karl Henry which gifted Middlesbrough their 89th minute opener on Saturday.


“Saturday was a hard one; I try to always want to be a man who doesn’t come with excuses because it’s a results game,” says the boss.


“But I think when you look back at the last five or six weeks and you look at the amount of injuries and decisions against us, I’ve never really experienced anything like it.


“They say that over a season it will all be equal, we if that’s the case then we have some major things ahead of us, I think.


“Berra’s sending off cost us the game against Watford maybe, we have the penalty (at Middlesbrough), the penalty against Brighton and the penalty we didn’t get against Millwall.


“And even before that we lost three midfielders to injury in one week, then a couple after that with Edwards etc.


“If the one at Middlesbrough had maybe been the first one, I could understand it, but I can’t believe it.

“But we have to get over that, we have to put it behind us and not feel sorry for ourselves because it won’t help.


“The decisions won’t change now, the injuries have been there and we have to go on and deal with it.


“As the leader I must certainly deal with it and lift the players for the coming games.”


Solbakken will not get drawn into any discussion about the standards of officials in the npower Championship, believing referees in all leagues do their jobs honestly and make good and bad judgements.


But he believes the recent decisions to go against Wolves have been clear-cut errors.


“They’ve been so clear, they’re not even debatable - the Brighton penalty, the Middlesbrough penalty and the sending off.


“They’re not marginal - you can just see it for yourself there and then.


“But I don’t want to sit here and moan because that won’t help - the decisions have been made and we’re in the situation we are and we have to get on with it and cope with it.


“I think we’ve had some good refereeing performances but also some very decisive ones against us, and that’s why the players are reacting in a way, so I understand that.”


And he insists any ill feeling from Saturday’s decision has been quickly put to bed among a squad now focused on trying to get back to winning ways against Blackpool on Friday (7.45pm).


“We trained on Sunday and yesterday we split ourselves into two groups - the guys that played most of the game did a light session and the others played against the reserves in an 11 versus 11 game so they could get on the big pitch.


“We’re off today and when we come in tomorrow and Thursday, we’ll be undertaking our big preparations for Blackpool.”

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