Karl Henry today declared Wolves will find the right balance between style and substance as they aim to get their npower Championship campaign back on track against Brighton tomorrow (3pm).
Wolves will be trying to down the Seagulls after a run of two points from their last five games which has seen them fall from third to 13th in the table and put a dent in confidence levels raised by winning five of their previous six.
Henry believes Wolves have greatly improved in terms of possession football under new boss Ståle Solbakken, and just need to blend that with the fighting abilities required in the Championship in order to return to positive results.
“Everyone is disappointed at what has happened in the last five games, especially as we had been on such a good run beforehand,” says the skipper.
“Sometimes you have to go back to the drawing board and back to basics.
“We have stuck to the gameplan and what we have been working on all pre-season.
“But we have just come unstuck against a couple of teams recently.
“It is a different style of play to what we have done before.
“I think it is certainly a style of play that suits the Premier League and isn’t seen as much in the Championship where there is more emphasis on it being a dogfight week-in week-out.
“This league is relentless with the games coming thick and fast.
“But we are certainly a far better team now in possession and with our ability to keep the ball.
“We have definitely improved in that area and it is just about finding the right balance to ensure we make the most of it, create more chances and score more goals.
“The more games we lose or maybe look shaky the more that other teams will seize on that and try and put us under pressure.
“We have just got to deal with that and get back to winning ways as soon as we can.”
Henry is well aware of the particularly challenges of the Championship with such a congested fixture list and very little separating the teams.
And he knows the teams who finish up at the top end of the table are those able to get into the winning habit whatever their performance levels.
“You are never going to play well in every game in this league – no team can,” he said.
“It is just not possible with the number of games and how competitive it is.
“Particularly in games away from home it is often about grinding out results and coming away with something at the end.
“I don’t think we were poor against Hull – we were looking solid but conceded two goals at crucial times and they always change games.
“It is a bad run we are on but there isn’t any panic from anyone.
“We know what we are about, we believe in the way we are trying to play and what we have to do and it starts with scoring a few more goals.
“If we can do that and start hitting the back of the net I think everyone will just settle a bit more and fortunes can turn so quickly in this league.”
And Henry knows that a positive result against Brighton tomorrow may just spark another decent run, particularly with Wolves having three of their next four assignments on home soil.
Results – as ever – remain the pregorative but the midfielder is well aware that they are more likely to come with decent performances.
“We all know that the main thing anyone is interested in is results,” he says.
“When you win games most of the time nobody is too bothered in how you have done it.
“I think this has maybe been a bit of a wake-up all and a reality check in these last five games.
“We were on a good run before that but that included a couple of teams at the bottom of the league and none of us were ever getting carried away.
“We don’t want to resort to hoofing the ball forward to try and do it because that is not what we are about.
“But it is about finding the right balance to produce a winning formula.
“It is such a tough league and you see so many surprising results every week.
“Anyone who can put together any sort of consistency can find themselves right up at the top of the table.
“We are still in good shape and have still got a very good squad including players to come back from injury.
“We need to start putting some points on the board and make the most of this run coming up when three of our next four games are at home.
“If we can click back into gear and get a few wins then confidence will increase and we can get ourselves back into the mix.”