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Hanging In There


07:58 12th November 2012

Boss on importance of point

Boss Ståle Solbakken believes Saturday’s dramatic comeback against Brighton offered further evidence of Wolves making progress – and hopes it can be used as a springboard to return to winning ways.

A run of six games without a win has been one of the pitfalls of the squad getting used to a new style of play but the attacking when down to ten men in the second half suggested an upturn in fortunes during the 3-3 draw.

And seeing out that second half and indeed coming back in injury time to claim a point could prove an important morale boost ahead of Saturday’s trip to Watford.

“It was important to hang in there,” says the boss.

“We go to Watford now which is a difficult place to go but we will stay positive.

“We have come quite far with our new way of playing.

“We still have to play better for longer periods and hopefully we can do that.

“We showed in the second half we are very well organised.

“We maybe got tired down to ten men and playing with four in midfield with Sako as one of those is a bit of a gamble.

“But we know he can give us that bit extra with set pieces and a shot or two.”

It was Roger Johnson who popped up to head home Wolves’ equaliser – his first goal for the club – and continues his impressive start to the campaign after a difficult season last time out.

“In my time here Roger has played well,” added Solbakken.

“He got some tough messages before the season that he wouldn’t be captain or vice-captain and that he had to show me he wanted to play for this club and show the fans as well.

“To be fair to him he has shown all that and it was good for him.

“He could have had a couple of goals on Saturday – that’s how close the game was.”

Meanwhile Solbakken said Wolves will hopefully work Tongo Doumbia up towards a possible 90 minutes against Watford on Saturday.

The rangy midfielder was struggling to be fit for Saturday’s game but, after Karl Henry’s sending off, was brought on for the second half and put Wolves 2-1 ahead with a strike from distance.

“Tongo wasn’t fit to play 90 minutes,” said the boss.

“He had by far his worst game at Hull where he looked very tired.

“We had a discussion before the game but he said he felt fine.

“Watching him in training before the game I felt he was looking tired but he may well have got 40 or 45 minutes anyway without the sending off.

“He had a tight hamstring and together with all that I felt he had had enough for a period.

“Hopefully we can build him up this week towards the Watford game.”


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