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09:30 1st December 2012

Boss confident in team's revival

Ståle Solbakken is confident the Wolves squad is still firmly united and firmly behind him as they aim to kick off a revival against Bristol City this afternoon.
Wolves head to Ashton Gate on the back of nine games without a win, but Solbakken has been impressed with the way his players have stuck together through such a disappointing run.
“We have not won in nine games, which is serious for any club, any manager, any players but apart from that I feel we are very united, that we are strong together,” he said.
“I honestly think that having gone with such a bad spell for such a long time, the atmosphere is sensational.
“I don’t think you’ll see that many other places that a group of players have stuck so good together for such a long time when things are not going well, because obviously in every team players in a situation like this feel they should have had more of a chance to make sure we turn results around. 
“The players don’t want to change anything.
“It is very important for a manager in a situation like this to make sure the players have a good feeling when they run out onto the pitch. 
“If I felt that I would try to change things but there’s no big changes. 
“They see the same as everyone sees: spells are really good for a long time, and there are very long spells that are not good.
“The players feel in long periods we are a very good team - it’s about making sure we make those periods even longer.”
The boss re-iterated at his pre-match press conference that Wednesday’s team meeting was the usual discussion held the day after a game, having always said he values open dialogue with his players.
“I would be a naive fool and an idiot if I didn’t listen as these are very experienced players,” he said.
“But in the conversations we have had with the experienced players and with the whole team, they really believe.
“If they are going to succeed as football players and as a club, in both the long term and short term, this is the way to go.
“You can always simplify it when things are not going right but the basic way of playing is still the same. 
“And no one has even mentioned it in a small sentence that we have to change - that is completely wrong.
“Obviously the responsibility is in my hands at the moment I am not a very successful manager at a good traditional club. Expectations are higher than we, at the moment, can produce.
“Details are always discussed - when we won five out of six we did that. But it has not been radical changes of mine.”
The manager meanwhile has said he remains firmly committed to helping Wolves climb the table, spending every waking hour thinking about football.
"What I can say is that I have a very clear conscience,” he added.
"I work day and night since I came here.
"I tried everything to make sure that we are successful and I still have a good feeling about that and that I can be successful and that I can give Wolves what they hired me for.
"That has not changed in the bad run we have had.
"It is my professional pride that is hurting.
"I think that if you are in this business your car will be painted one time.
"You will be asked serious questions of you are the right man.
"Even if I come through this and as a team we start climbing the table you should always be prepared for being put under pressure again.
“I think when I came here I thought that the job would be even harder as it was like a graveyard (after relegation).
"It was like everyone had given up everything and the first two months were terrible in everyone wanting to leave.
"There were no positive vibes at all. 
“We have since had some positive vibes and now we are back to the situation where we have to convince people that the manager, coaching staff and the players are the right ones to turn it around.”

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