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Our Away Form's Been Excellent

Paul Lambert discusses Wolves' strong away form ahead of Saturday's trip to Derby County.

Lambert's side make the trip to the iPro Stadium for their penultimate fixture of the 2016/17 season having won six of their last 12 away league outings.

When asked about the contrast between results at Molineux and results away from home, Lambert replied: “It’s bizarre because, normally it’s the other way around. We’re doing it back to front.

“It’s something we need to address in the summer. We need to get players in here that will win at home as well as away.

“The away form’s been excellent. It’s been fantastic

“But, at home, teams come and sit in against us, nick a goal and then we find it difficult to break down.

“If teams sit in and we get the first goal then they’ve got to come out and give you a game.

“We’ve got to be more clinical at that end of the pitch then that releases the pressure when teams try and sit in.

“Brighton came and sat in, Newcastle did it, Blackburn did and Huddersfield did. They all made it difficult for us.

“That’s something we’ve got to work on in the summer and we will work on.

“Everyone who we’ve played recently have said ‘if you get the crowd against them then things will turn’.

“So you know that’s what teams are looking at, 'if they bed in for a 15/20-minute period and nick a goal then the crowd can get against them'."

The Derby game will be the last of eight fixtures played by Wolves in April and the Head Coach explained that squad rotation is important to combat fatigue within the team.
 
“We’ve got one or two little knocks at the minute," said Lambert.

“Last season Blackburn had 11 games in 31 days and we felt like we were never away from it.

“Some of the staff have felt the same here, we seem to have been playing Saturday – Tuesday – Saturday for a long time.

“I think we need the break, I think that will come at a good time.

“I think the lads have been good with their effort considering the amount of games that they’ve played. And it’s been more or less the same group of lads that have been playing.

“That’s why I decided to freshen it up on Tuesday. I thought that was important.

“There were lads in there that haven’t played for a long, long time."

Looking ahead to the summer, Lambert discussed the changes that he thinks will need to be made to take the club forward.

He said: “There’s a few things we need to rectify. We need to change some things.

“I think change is important anyway. If it’s the same old, same old then everything becomes stale.

“You accept that this it what it is and that’s not good, it’s not healthy.

“It’s important that we move the club forward and that will happen.

“Everybody recognises the good things and everybody recognises the not-so-good things.

“It’s important that everybody can see that and everybody goes in the same direction.

“You need a little core of players that know this league but there are also lads that I’ve seen outside the country that I’d like.

“I don’t have a problem with foreign lads coming in that I think can do it.

“When I played in Germany, I was one of four foreign guys in what was a predominantly German dressing room.

“Any country you go to you’ve got to have that. Whether it’s British, German, Swiss or Austrian, you need people who know what it’s about.

“That alongside a few foreign lads that could come in that I know could do it."