Wolves v Leicester reaction
Wolves manager Stale Solbakken admitted he was a relieved man
after seeing his side battle to a 2-1 Championship win against
First-half goals from Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Richard Stearman –
against his former club – put Wolves in control.
However, Paul Konchesky’s 30-yard drive in the 70th minute set
up a frantic finale – and only the post prevented Martyn Waghorn
rescuing a point for Leicester.
Solbakken said: “You could see that it was a team that is not
used to winning.
“All the good organisation and spells that we had in the first
half we lost in the second half.
“But they fought well, they blocked shots and they were brave in
our penalty area and we are relieved that we got three points.
“The first half was something to build on. In a way it was the
first game for the new Wolves with the new players coming in from
the beginning and also coming in during the game.
“The good thing was that the team did not panic. In the last 15
minutes although it was not wonderful to watch for a coach it was
good defending of the penalty area.
“I think the only way to get confidence is to win games but I
think we still need to be braver and to make sure that we are not
afraid of playing.
“We have a little way to go with that yet. If you are going to
be successful you need to have your identity and everyone needs to
know what to do when we have and don’t have the ball.”
Wolves made the perfect start when Ebanks-Blake rose at the far
post to nod home a free-kick from Bakary Sako after 13 minutes.
Stearman doubled their advantage eight minutes later with a
close-range volley after he latched on to a neat flick from Kevin
Doyle, following Sako’s corner.
The visitors’ winger Ben Marshall was then twice denied by
goalkeeper Carl Ikeme before Konchesky let fly.
Leicester are still without a point away from home this season
after three defeats on the road but manager Nigel Pearson is
remaining upbeat – despite being upset by the manner of the goals
they let in.
He said: “I am annoyed in the fashion that we conceded goals
from two set-plays. It was sloppy and when we had the ball we
didn’t work hard enough.
“That is not something I have seen from us so far so that was a
“It really is a case of us making similar mistakes and at some
point we have to start taking our chances.
“But the players are working hard and I do believe that our
fortunes will change.
“We have got to start getting the performances to a point where
we are more difficult to beat because we have the armoury to hurt
“We played some good football but you don’t want to play good
losing football. It is about winning.
“We have not quite achieved what we want in terms of a points
“There is not an awful lot wrong but we have to start producing
winning situations more often and we will do as we have the nucleus
of a very good side.
“We have to take responsibility for how we perform and then
everything else will fall into place.
“My remit is to get us up and that is what we expect ourselves –
and there is a long way to go.
“I am not overly happy with how we sit at the moment but as the
manager I have to look at what we are doing well and not doing well
and make sure there is a balanced approach.”