Ståle Solbakken prepares for Wolves’ return to npower Championship action at Hull tonight believing the desire is there amongst the players to write the wrongs of Burnley.
The ever-honest boss labelled Saturday’s 2-0 defeat against the Clarets as Wolves’ worst performance of 10 since the team settled after the closure of the transfer window, as the team only rallied in the closing stages by which time the damage had been done.
But the boss was buoyed by the response of the players to their below-par display, accepting their shortcomings despite some statistics which showed Wolves had more of the possession and entries in the final third.
“Burnley was our worst performance when you consider the 10 games this team has been together, especially the first 60 minutes,” he said.
“I have been more than happy to what we achieved after the international break until half time in the Charlton game but these last three halves have not been good enough.
“We have to make sure it ends there.
“I don’t think it’s about the players getting belief again, it’s just about handling different situations.
“During a season you come into good and bad spells.
“Everybody was very happy with things four games ago and suddenly everything is rubbish and we have to live with that.
“Hopefully we can make everyone happy again.”
As mentioned, Solbakken was heartened by the response of his players in training on Sunday, and more so than their reaction to going a goal behind at Turf Moor.
“I think that what I missed a little bit against Burnley was a reaction after the first goal,” he said.
“The reaction didn’t come until we changed the system but should have come sooner.
“We had a meeting on Sunday and it was a very short meeting because the players held their hands up and understood it.
“It would have been worse if they hadn’t understood it but all of them saw it wasn’t good enough.
“I liked what I heard from the players because it would be difficult for us to go further if they thought we’d done well or they were looking just at the statistics.
“If I went into every individual in that game I could probably say that Carl did his job in goal and Sako had a very good last 30 minutes.
“One or two others did o-k but it was maybe six or seven players who were below their normal standards and far below.
“That is why I talk about statistics because you can always find something positive there if you want to.
“It was said we had 62 per cent of possession, were far superior in final third entries and 450 passes to their 150.
“That’s how everything is measured nowadays, and we had more shots on goal.
“If someone has given you the paper then that is the game but for those of us that were there – we don’t buy that do we?
“We must be honest and say the statistics from that game lie.
“We have to raise our game now for a difficult match against a team which has been on good form and has gone past us in the table.
“We need to put things right and make a good game against Hull.”
The boss has no fresh injury concerns ahead of tonight’s game but admits he will be making changes given the current heavy schedule facing teams in the Championship.
“There are some small knocks here and there but don’t think there is anything serious,” he added.
“Everyone trained yesterday and I think we can choose from the same players we had for Burnley.
“There will be changes though.
“I said before the Burnley game that whatever happened there would be changes and I said that to the squad as well.
“We need to get players into action now to make sure that they can stay the distance the whole season.
“So I will be bringing in some new faces.”
*Tickets for tonight’s game will be on sale from the Ticket Office at Molineux until 12 noon. Tickets will then be available again to purchase from the KC Stadium at the away turnstiles – cash only. Pre-paid tickets will be available to collect from the East stand reception, located next to the Ticket Office.