Dave Edwards admits Wolves had mixed feelings from Saturday’s goalless draw at Derby – the positives from a decent point secured at Pride Park tempered with the need to have taken all three.
A solid and composed performance from Wolves at a team with one of the best home records in the npower Championship was enough to come away with another point on the tally, the lack of a clinical finish at the other end all that stood between Wolves and victory.
“If you’re sitting near the top of the league and you go to Derby and get a point it’s a good result,” says Edwards.
“But in the position we are in at the moment where we need points desperately we are a little bit disappointed with it.
“At the same time it is still a clean sheet – the gaffer has got us a lot more solid and that is what he said he needed from us and it gives us a base to build from.
“It wasn’t a game which was easy to watch and reminded me of my time in the lower leagues to be honest with a scrap to get the ball and not much proper football.
“The pitch was quite firm and bobbly and you really had to concentrate on your first touch and it didn’t allow for too much fluent football.
“We needed to graft and that’s what we did with 11 men working their socks off and that was enough to get us a point.
“We know we need to add that bit of quality which we lacked on Saturday.”
A major positive behind the clean sheet was the impressive debut from Kaspars Gorkss alongside Danny Batth.
Christophe Berra was an unused substitute and with Roger Johnson available again after suspension for tomorrow’s trip to Barnsley and Georg Margreitter awaiting his opportunity there is plenty of food for thought for boss Dean Saunders in his defensive options.
“It was Kaspars’ first game but it looked like he’d been in there all season,” added Edwards.
“They are two proper centre halves who want to put their bodies on the line and get challenges in.
“Danny has been a revelation since he came in.
“A lot of the boys have known he is going to be a top player because he is such a great professional for a young lad.
“He’s a monster who loves defending and winning headers and I think he’s going to have a very good career.
“Kaspars is experienced and has done well in the Championship for all his career and he will be a good addition.
“With him, Danny Batth, Roger, Christophe and Georg, there is great competition for places and that should inspire us.
“You’re only as good as your squad and they’ve all got to push the centre-halves that are playing.”
On then to tomorrow night and a huge game at Barnsley, who sit one place and one point below Wolves in the table and have a game in hand.
The Tykes are in a rich vein of form having won seven and drawn one of their last eight games, but Edwards believes Wolves have to go their with confidence that they can end their own poor run of no win in ten.
“We’ve got to go there and try and get a win, there is no point trying to just think about a draw,” says the midfielder.
“We got a point at Derby and if we can find a bit more quality and recover well we’ve got a chance.
“It’s the old cliché but it’s a six pointer up at Oakwell.
“We’ve got to be up for it and win that battle in the first 20 minutes and make sure we want it more than them.
“We need to roll up our sleeves and fight for it and then hopefully show some quality after that.
“We are in a relegation battle now but if we do things properly we will get the right result.
“I think we’re playing better and looking more solid than we have been when we were leaking goals at different stages of the season.
“The gaffer has been keen from the start to make us harder to beat and so if we come to places like Derby make sure that 0-0 is the worst result that we get.
“We will work hard but just need to add that quality or finishing touch whether from set pieces or open play.”
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