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Not Getting Carried Away


07:49 8th October 2012

Boss enjoying life at Wolves

Boss Ståle Solbakken insists he will not yet start looking at Wolves’ lofty position in the npower Championship table – “because there are still 250 games to go.”

Wolves climbed to third in the table thanks to Saturday’s 1-0 victory at Blackburn – their fifth win in six – but the boss wants his team to maintain their standards in a division where any dip is punished.

And while he admits the recent glut of seven fixtures in 21 days have taken their toll, he is relishing life at Molineux and feels in a privileged position.

“I think there are still 250 games left so I won’t be looking at the table yet,” he says.

“In another half a year maybe I will start looking at it!

“We have sensible fans so I don’t think they will be getting carried away.

“At least they can enjoy themselves over the next 14 days and we will work hard at Compton to make sure we are ready when we come back.

“There are a lot of games but I am enjoying it.

“It is a very good club and a hard-working club with great fans and players who want to improve.

“So I feel in a very lucky position.

“It has been going better and better as things have gone on.”

Much of Solbakken’s work has been taking place on the training ground getting the squad accustomed to his tactics, particularly defensively.

This has so far reaped its reward, with Wolves keeping four clean sheets in five, although he admits his central defenders still like to sometimes drop deep to defend in the English way!

“We are doing things differently to what they are used to and it takes a bit of time to get used to that,” he says.

“We were very good in our own penalty area although we did defend a little bit too deep sometimes when they hit long balls.

“But that is English football – I think the defenders sometimes like to get involved in all that and get blood on their shirts and drag themselves into the dressing room!

“They probably do it on purpose sometimes!

“I think Blackburn had only one chance in the game and that was a header in the second half.

“Towards the end we were maybe under a bit of pressure when Blackburn put the big guys up but that is English football and if we’d played Aldershot it would have been the same.”

And at the other end of the pitch the summer signing of Bakary Sako, who has provided two winning goals in a week, continues to look a shrewd acquisition.

The boss is keen to give the former St Etienne winger a license to roam in order to get the best out of him.

“I think Sako needs to be able to roam a bit,” he says.

“The opposition want to take care of him more and more so he must have some freedom to roam a little bit so he can get on the ball.

“That gives the full back the choice of whether to follow him and if they do that then it’s more space for Wardy.

“We don’t want him to just stand out on the wing where he is easier to pick up.”


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