Slawomir Peszko today declared that his delight at returning for a first start in almost four months was tempered by Wolves’ defeat to Blackpool – admitting it was difficult to see the positives.
The Polish winger, on loan from FC Koln, has missed a fair chunk of the season with a serious knee injury but after three outings from the bench was called into the starting line-up just before kick off on Saturday after Stephen Ward suffered a neck injury during the warm up.
Peszko produced a lively performance, including being involved in Wolves’ goal, but was disappointed with the result and believes Wolves have to learn to play under the pressure they are now facing.
“It doesn’t do much good just to try and look for positives at the moment,” said the winger.
“It was my first start since getting fit but it’s hard to find a positive when you lose a game at home.
“The situation is not good for us, for the fans, for everyone.
“The only people that change it is us and we have to work as hard as we can to do that.
“I found out I was playing on Saturday five minutes before kick off.
“It was then that it was realised Wardy wasn’t going to make it.
“I said o-k as I was ready and wanted to get out there and play the game.
“I felt I did o-k, nothing special, and was pleased to be involved in the goal.
“But I think all of us could have done better, especially in the second half.”
Peszko continued: “I think we maybe played too much long ball and perhaps weren’t calm enough.
“We were so keen to get a second goal that we were maybe not patient enough and didn’t relax.
“There is pressure on us at the moment but there is always pressure in football and we are all used to that.
“We should not be scared of that pressure, we just have to look to doing better in the future.
“Every game is important now, every point is important.
“It starts again at Leicester on Thursday.
“It’s a tough game but the way things are now there is probably no expectation on us to win.
“But we have to believe we can win and have to go there and get a result.”
Despite Wolves disappointments Peszko is still enjoying life at Molineux, and would like the opportunity to make his loan move permanent.
He knows he will have to impress between now and the end of the season, but has settled well in the area as well as settling on the pitch.
“I am a loan player and when I came here I thought we would have a good chance of being promoted and getting to the Premier League,” he explained.
“That hasn’t happened and it has been a difficult season.
“But I would still like to stay here if I could.
“I am enjoying it, my wife is going to college here and my daughter is settled at school.
“I know it hasn’t been a good season so far but I am settled here and want to do my best to help the team.
“We will have to see what happens.”
“I feel good now and better having played that game on Saturday.
“I’d had a few appearances as substitute but playing for that long has made me stronger especially after three months out with injury.
“I need to try and play well now to keep my place in the team.”