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To Hull And Back


10:45 6th November 2012

Boss rates tonight's hosts

Ståle Solbakken believes Hull are one of the established npower Championship teams who have the knowledge of the division to have a successful season.

Hull are into their third successive season in the second tier after a two-year Premier League stay, and have made a decent start to life under Steve Bruce, most recently with four wins in their last five games.

Wolves, like fellow relegated sides Blackburn and Bolton, have suffered from inconsistency so far which the manager believes is not entirely unexpected.

“If you see the teams who have come down from the Premier League we are the team that has had to make most changes and tried to find a new style with new players,” he says.

“The Championship is very competitive again and that means if you don’t feel your rhythm you will struggle.

“I think Blackburn, Bolton and Wolves have found that in periods.

“The teams that have done best so far have been those who are used to the Championship and have been at the top end of the division.

“Leicester and Cardiff have been there for a while now and the same with Middlesbrough and maybe Crystal Palace is the surprise.

“Hull is a good example as well and they are also a side on a high at the moment not only winning but also playing some good football.”

And Solbakken believes the Tigers have plenty of different threats on show at the KC Stadium this evening.

“Hull are a side who play good football,” he says.

“They have good players up front in Aluko and Simpson who can score goals and a lively central midfield in Quinn and former Slovenian international Koren.

“Most of the games they play with three centre halves which is not so usual – 5-3-2 or 3-5-2 depending if they are attacking or defending.

“They have strong central defenders – fighters – but as with any game in the Championship it is open.

“It is a challenge for us and they are on a high after winning a lot lately and we are maybe not there so we have to make sure we are ready.”

And talking of good football, the boss has re-asserted his post-Burnley opinion that Wolves have to continue to try and develop a passing game rather than resort to the long ball which doesn’t suit their blend of strikers.

“If you look at the three strikers we have used Sylvan and Doyle most and Bjorn has played some of the time, and we have used Sako behind the striker in some minutes as well,” he said.

“It is unfair to those strikers who are not tall when you talk about Championship size and I don’t think it suits our game either because the opposition feel they are on top of us.

“For me it is about playing quicker – you can play more direct sometimes without playing long balls.

“And if we do have to play long balls I want it more in the channels so they can run onto it instead of having it up in the air.

“We have had a good mix in some away games where we have done well with the blend.

“Our problem has come in some away games where we have not been able to cope with some of the physical challenges that the opposition throw at us.

“Sometimes we have waited a little bit too late to trust ourselves to play the way we want.

“In the home games we have been more or less the team who have wanted to take the initiative and take charge of the game.

“It is a little bit more difficult away from home but it can’t be we have to change everything, we just have to adapt.

“We have to find the right solution for that and it would be nice to get three points tonight and then we can look ahead to Brighton on Saturday.”

*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.

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