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The Right Direction


15:20 30th September 2012

Boss not getting carried away

Ståle Solbakken admits he believes his team are “heading in the right direction” – but is not getting carried away by looking at the npower Championship table.


Yesterday’s victory over Sheffield Wednesday was Wolves fourth in succession in the league, the first team that has been achieved since November, 2008.


Three points was enough to lift the Molineux Men into third place in the early Championship running, but the boss is not looking too far ahead in such a competitive league.


“When I started following the good old English league it was 42 games and we don’t have many less than that left so I think I can wait a little bit,” was his response to whether he was studying the table.


“I think we can beat anyone but we can also lose to anyone and Peterborough’s result winning at Hull shows that.


“It is a very even league with small margins.


“It is a long season with many bumps and highs and lows.


“At the moment we are on a good run but the games come very fast and we have another one on Tuesday.


“You can never be sure of anything in football and there is a long, long way to go.


“But I think we are going in the right direction.”


Solbakken’s focus this season has aimed at pushing the team to be more comfortable in possession, more solid at the back and regaining a winning mentality.


Four successive league wins and three clean sheets, with five hours of league football played since the team conceded a goal suggests the manager’s message is getting through!


“We have been trying to change our style a little bit and trying to make sure we are hard to beat,” he explains.


“I think in the last two games we haven’t really given much to the opposition except maybe two late chances for Peterborough.


“That has been very encouraging for us and hopefully we can continue to be difficult to score against and difficult to beat.


“When you have lost so many games as Wolves have over the last 18 months it is very important to get the feeling of winning back.


“We have now got four consecutive wins in the league and that can only help us for the coming weeks.


“I hope we are growing in confidence and we are working very hard on the training pitch to get better.

“I think we played quite well against Sheffield Wednesday and hopefully we can continue.


“We always want something more but I think we should be pleased with the victory.


“Hopefully we can build on it and be more and more comfortable each game.”


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