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Foley's Forward Thinking

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09:15 24th January 2013

Mr Versatile impressed with boss

Kevin Foley is hoping Wolves can use the return to home soil against Blackpool on Saturday to produce some more attractive football and, most importantly, claim all three points.

Wolves’ most recent victory ironically came at Blackpool in a televised Friday night game five weeks ago, since when they have suffered four successive defeats and then the two draws with which Dean Saunders launched his managerial reign.

In the second of those games, last weekend’s goalless draw at Sheffield Wednesday, Wolves’ more solid approach was not matched by any sustained creativity going forward, but Saunders – and now Foley – have suggested that the stronger foundations could then lead to a more attacking outlook.

“It wasn’t a pretty game on Saturday and we all know that but Sheffield Wednesday were on a decent run and hadn’t conceded many goals in recent weeks,” said Foley.

“So it wasn’t a bad result to go there and get a point.

“And in the manager’s first match against Blackburn we pressed them all over the pitch but just couldn’t get the second goal.

“We haven’t conceded from open play in the two games since the manager arrived, and we have to view that as a positive.

“With that in place hopefully we can make sure we have a few more attacking opportunities on Saturday.

“I definitely think what we have worked on in training will improve us a team.

“In this division it is so important to be solid and if you do that you can then look at getting your opportunities going forward.

“I think at times this season we have been too open and have been punished for it.

“We got a good win at Blackpool in tough conditions on the Friday night.

“They are quite an open team so I think it will be different to the Sheffield Wednesday game which was very tight.

“Hopefully it will give us the opportunity to play a bit more football, especially in front of our own fans at Molineux.

“If we can reproduce the sold base from the last two games and make sure we get forward and play some good football hopefully that will be enough to take the points.

“We got a good win at Blackpool in tough conditions on the Friday night.

“They are quite an open team so I think it will be different to the Sheffield Wednesday game which was very tight.

“Hopefully it will give us the opportunity to play a bit more football, especially in front of our own fans at Molineux.

“If we can reproduce the sold base from the last two games and make sure we get forward and play some good football hopefully that will be enough to take the points.”

Foley, naturally a right back, has played on the right of midfield in Saunders’ first two games as the manager aimed to keep things more solid given Wolves’ defensive record so far.

Foley has managed to get forward to positive effect, almost scoring against Blackburn and then producing a couple of decent crosses at Hillsborough.

He has also operated in midfield during Wolves’ stay in the Barclays Premier League – popping up with a couple of goals to boot – and is happy to do a job wherever he is asked to play.

“It might not be my natural position but I am happy to play there and try and do my bit for the team,” says Foley.

“I’m the first to admit that I’m certainly not a Sako am I?  I’m not going to be charging down the wing taking players on or blasting it in the top corner.

“But I will make a contribution for the team and I’ve managed to get on the end of a couple of crosses in the box and also put some in myself.

“With Zubey there he is another attacking option for us so when he goes around me I can fill in.

“We have linked up quite well together in the past and hopefully we can keep that going if we’re both on the right.

“It is a completely different way of playing to right back but it’s all about wanting to be in the team and wanting to make a positive contribution.

“We’ve got a fairly big squad now with lots of options for the manager and that keeps everyone on their toes and knowing they have got to work hard.”

Foley meanwhile admits he has been impressed by the new manager’s early work and approach, and says the players are certainly taking things on board in a bid to improve upon a disappointing season so far.

He added:  “The manager has played at the highest level and has then worked his way up through the leagues as a manager.

“He has plenty of experience as a player and now as a manager as well.

“Hopefully that will get passed on to the squad.

“It’s a different style of play to what we had under the last manager.

“I think we need to get the basics right and build from there because we’ve conceded far too many goals this season.

“The manager has been here for two-and-a-half weeks now and hopefully everyone is now on the same wavelength and we can start putting points on the board.

“We are in a very poor position now from where we would have wanted to be and I am sure the gaffer agrees with that having come in.”

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