A strong unit

Gaffer confident improvement to come

Paul Lambert is confident Wolves will improve going forward once he has more time with the players.

A resolute goalless draw at Preston was a solid start to the Head Coach’s time at the helm, particularly as he only had chance to work with three of his starting eleven for two days in the build-up to the game.

Lambert felt the issue of a failure to keep clean sheets – and conceding so often in the early stages of games – had to be addressed first to give Wolves the chance to get a foothold against their opponents.

"We were a lot stronger as a unit against Preston – I didn’t think we were as open as when I’ve looked at the other games,” he said.

"When you don’t keep a clean sheet since September, you know there’s an issue there that has to be address.

"Ideally you want loads of flair going forward and we can do better in that respect, but first of all we had to stop the goals being conceded.

"Six games conceding in the first 15 minutes...that’s extraordinary.

"There were things that we asked them to do, and from previous games everything’s on the up, which is important.

"I thought they were very good.

“Going forward we can do better, but as a unit we were very strong.

"Because we only came in and had everyone back on Thursday, it was difficult to get them all together, we only had Thursday and Friday with the whole group.

"We needed to raise the intensity and train the way we play.

"Plus you need to be organised, strong and resolute.

"We did a bit of shape work and unit work – you’re trying to throw that all in as well as trying to get intensity out of them. It’s a balancing act.

"To be fair to them they were very good."

Lambert threw in 18-year-old Bright Enobakhare for his first senior action of the season at Deepdale, and believes the striker has the ability and temperament to flourish.

"I think it’s great for him, throwing him into the lion’s den,” said the gaffer.

“There were flashes in the game where he looked exciting and in one-one-on situations he’s got to be more of a risk-taker.

"But he’s only a baby, he’s a kid.

“In the second half he picked it up a bit, he won us a corner when he did his bit of magic.

"So he’s got that in him.

“The pleasing thing for me is he’s handling being in the first-team environment, he’s not wilting under it or questioning whether he should be there - he’s taken to it.

"He doesn’t look 18 – he’s strong boy and he handled the occasion, mentality wise, and didn’t look out of place.

"There’ll be times when I dip him in and out, to protect him, but I always know I can rely on him to play.

"To be thrown in at the deep end I thought he was good."

Lambert’s first home game is the visit of Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday (3pm).

Tickets are half price for Wolves fans in all areas of the stadium and Molineux is heading for a bumper crowd.

"It'll be a great occasion, I’m looking forward to it,” says Lambert.

“That’ll be an incredible atmosphere.”

Going forward we can do better, but as a unit we were very strong.
Paul Lambert