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Proving (More Than) A Point

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08:09 29th October 2012

Boss calls on squad to see games through

Boss Ståle Solbakken has brushed aside any suggestions Wolves are suffering from any fear factor about holding onto leads at Molineux – but admits it’s up to the club to disprove the theory.

 

Wolves have been beaten only once in seven npower Championship fixtures on home soil so far, but on four occasions have seen pegged back from winning positions, most recently in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Charlton.

The boss believes the Addicks stalemate was more to do with Wolves not playing at their best, and suggests there have been different circumstances surrounding those games in which the team have squandered leads.

“You can say we’ve lost a lead again but for me it’s not about surrendering the lead on Saturday, it’s about us not playing very well especially in the second half,” he said,

“Charlton was different to other games in that we played poorly.

“It was a very untidy second half for both sides with them losing the ball.

“We don’t want to play like this – we want to control the game better and we weren’t able to do that.

“We lost the goal and got stressed instead of maybe just trying to raise the tempo and after that we lost the ball even more.

“When you make a lot of technical mistakes you lose the rhythm and that’s what happened to us against Charlton.”

Solbakken continues:  “Derby scored from a corner kick in the last seconds.

“Against Crystal Palace we were desperately trying to get the second and hit the bar and they hit us on the counter and Zaha scored twice, one which was a great goal.

“We came back and pressurised them and had great chances at the end.

“Against Bolton we were against a very good team who gambled and were successful with it.

“There are different reasons for losing the leads and only the future will tell if this is going to continue.

“And I would rather be 1-0 up than 1-0 down!

“We also went for the second goal against Charlton but when you go forward and lose the ball so many times you also become a little bit tired because you have to keep tracking back and getting into shape.

“Hopefully it is a matter of circumstances and we have to prove that in the games to come.”

Another big plus on Saturday was the excellent goal finished off by Bakary Sako, his fifth of the season.

Sako has now either scored or provided the assist for six of Wolves’ last seven goals.

“He has scored some goals and set some up for us and hopefully will continue to do that,” said Solbakken.

“It was a great move and a great finish from him.”

And despite disappointment at losing the lead, Wolves still remain handily placed in eighth position in the ever-competitive Championship, a point off the play-offs.

“The battle goes on but we want to improve and show we are better than we were on Saturday,” says the boss.

“It is another point and every point you pick up is important but it’s difficult to see it like that because we should have had three.”

 

 

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