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Solbakken not getting carried away

For any manager under pressure an emphatic 4-1 win is a welcome boost and that's exactly what Ståle Solbakken got at Bristol City.

Without a win in nine, 3 points from a possible 27, slipping from 3rd in the Championship to 18th and being the target of vandals. It had not been a good few weeks for the Wolves gaffer.

So it was an ideal time to go and face Bristol City, the team with the worst home record in the league with 9 defeats in their last 11 games.

Goals from Ebanks-Blake, Doyle and Sigurdarson fired Wolves into a 4-0 lead at half-time and the points were sealed.

Not only that but it was a welcome confidence boost for the team, with the manager taking the credit for his attacking philosophy.

"I think what is important is the way of playing - that the players feel it can work again. It had worked for long periods but it had also been very bad for long periods. So it was important for the players to see that.

"We have something to build on with the way we played and the way we stuck to our principles.' he told the Express & Star.

He continued: "Hopefully we can build on this and we can be a December team because we certainly weren`t a November team!

"But I`m not the type of guy to get carried away."

That final sentence is an important one. We got way too ahead of ourselves back in October, which meant that our sharp drop of form was even more compounding.

We're at home to Birmingham this weekend, at least the tension will be lifted somewhat without the weight of going ten games without a win. But lets not put ourselves under too much pressure to now go on a winning run.

We've got difficult games coming up against Middlesbrough and Blackpool so lets see where that puts us come Christmas.

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Writer: Akela Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday December 3 2012

Time: 12:00PM

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There was nothing to get carried away with when we were winning every week, because we weren't playing well. Somehow we'd managed to get as high as third. We didn't actually playing much worse when we were sliding down the table.As far as I was concerned, the priority for this season was not to get relegated again- and as things stand we're 10pts clear.We can't play The Posh, Barnz-a-lee and Bristol every week (mores the pity) but i'm confident there are enough really poor teams to keep us safe whilst SS tries to get either a)players in that can pass a ball between them at speed and with purpose, or b) he can coach his inherited hoofers how to. I wouldn't hold out much hope of the latter but with January coming here's hoping that Ipswich can do us a favour and reunite Mick with his much-loved band of triers and shift-putter-inners... one can but dream. I'm currently of the opinion that SS has the right plans, but too many (although not all) of the players from last season are incapable of implementing them. He deserves the whole of this season to lay his foundations, and IF our old lags have been complaining about being expected to keep possession of the ball by passing it between them on the deck, then i'm sure he'd have support in trying to replace them with those that can.
winstonsmith84
Can I also vote for option A, Winston... Safety and the steady replacement of micks donkeys will do just fine for this season. In Stale We Trust !!
AdMant
We should also consider that two of the names being put forward to replace Mick were MO'N and Lee Clarke. How are they doing? Dougie Freedman anyone? And there really is nothing to say about Curbishley other than he hasn't got himself any of the PL jobs that have come up, yet.
winstonsmith84
 

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