Kevin Foley insists Wolves have to work harder for each other as a team after a double dose of festive Molineux misery – as they aim to start the New Year on a more positive note at Crystal Palace tomorrow (3pm).
Defeats at home to Peterborough and Ipswich have understandably dampered what had been rising spirits at Molineux after three wins out of four during December.
And Foley believes the players need to get back to the basics of battling for the cause and not getting outfought as was the case against the Tractor Boys on Saturday.
“It’s another difficult one to explain especially after losing 3-0 to Peterborough in our last game,” he said.
“I don’t think we worked hard enough all over the pitch and Ipswich outfought us.
“We didn’t work well enough as a team and it showed.
“The game came so soon after Peterborough and we were keen to get a positive result and put that behind us.
“Another 2-0 defeat at home is just not good enough.
“When things aren’t going the way they should be the least we should give is hard work and I don’t think we did that through the team against Ipswich.
“You are not always going to have your best days and Saturday certainly wasn’t one of those but I put it down to not working hard as a team.
“If there are misplaced passes than fair enough but if you are not willing to track back and help each other then it’s only going to end in one result.”
There was a dressing room inquest held post-match followed by more discussions at training yesterday, but Foley is confident the squad is still fully behind boss Ståle Solbakken and has the potential to respond.
“It’s quite often that we go through things in the dressing room after games, especially when we lose,” he explained.
“We went through it again on Sunday as well to try and address any issues.
“I think we all know how Ståle wants us to play and it’s been half the season now – we should all be used to it.
“Sometimes we come up against teams and it might not work but any team can have that.
“Of course the team is fully behind the manager and the manager is fully behind the team.
“We’re not showing that at the moment and we’ve got to do that and go and get results.
“No one in the dressing room is shirking their responsibilities but it’s not been happening.”
Foley meanwhile fully understand fans’ frustrations at the last two performances, following on from what has been an unhappy 2012 for Wolves losing their Barclays Premier League status.
And that is why he is targeting a far more positive start to the New Year at Selhurst Park.
“The fans are frustrated which is totally understandable – the lads are frustrated as well, everybody is frustrated,” he said.
“It’s not been a great year for Wolves.
“Last season and this season we are not where we want to be but we have had a talk in there.
“There are still 22 games left and all to play for.
“We have got to buck our ideas up, start performing and get some points on the board.
“We need to show character now and go to a team which is flying high and hopefully get a result.
“It’s a puzzling one these last two games but we just weren’t good enough which is disappointing.
“We could hear the fans’ frustrations and no one is hurting more than the players – we have to repay the fans at Palace.
“They will get behind us and we have to get a result for them.”