Wolves v Leicester reaction

BY foxsports • September 17, 2012

Wolves manager Stale Solbakken admitted he was a relieved man after seeing his side battle to a 2-1 Championship win against Leicester.

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 disappointment.

"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 sides.

"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 tally.

"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."