Wolves' foreign legion facing intimidating trip

Dave Edwards believes Wolves’ foreign legion are adapting to the English game.

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But the Wales international admits they probably haven’t experienced anything like Peterborough before.

The 26-year-old is one of the very few Wolves players to have graced London Road, appearing as a substitute for Shrewsbury in a 2-1 defeat in League Two in October 2006, watched by a crowd of 4,171.

Posh’s compact but proud home is one of the very few that still has terraces – a novel attraction to misty-eyed visiting fans but a potentially intimidating one to players unused to a traditional English ground.

And despite their awful start of six straight defeats which has left them bottom of the Championship, former Shrewsbury and Luton midfielder Edwards admits a trip to Posh could be a potential eye-opener to some of his team-mates not used to such intimate surroundings.

“Hasn’t Sako played there before, no?!” joked Edwards.

“I’m used to it – I think I even played there in League Two when Darren Ferguson had just taken over for the first time.

“I’ve always hated going there – I’ve never won there and I always remember it being a hard place to play.

“London Road is a horrible place to go – it’s a proper old ground where the fans are really close to the pitch.

“But Darragh MacAnthony started pumping money in a while back and he’s done a wonderful job there to get them into the Championship, and, from those League Two days, they’ve had a really good turn of fortunes since. Hopefully it’s us having the good fortune tomorrow, though.”

Tomorrow’s game is Wolves’ third in six days after wins against Leicester and Ipswich and Edwards admits another victory would complete a whirlwind week for a transitional team.

“The foreign players have become integrated a lot more into the way we play and the team spirit is only going to get better,” he said. “Wins are only going to help that too and it’s all coming together nicely.

“A win against Peterborough tomorrow would complete a really good week. If we win, we’ll have gone from second bottom into the play-off positions and that’s what our aim is.”

Wednesday’s 2-0 win at Ipswich was a classic example of how the Championship is different to the Premier League.

Wolves were relieved to see Ipswich miss chances before Tommy Smith’s bizarre own goal gave them the lead and Tongo Doumbia’s long-range drive clinched it.

“It was just another reminder of how the Championship is,” said Edwards.

“When we won the title, we had games like that at Doncaster, Sheffield Wednesday and Crystal Palace – all matches which could have gone either way until whoever got the first goal went on to win it.”

But Edwards also feels that recent results are a reflection of the players adapting to manager Stale Solbakken’s tactical changes.

“It was a really professional performance at Ipswich, and one which showed the manager’s tactics are starting to shine through,” he added. “It’s a more continental way of playing. As a midfielder it’s better because there’s less running involved!

“It’s less about running around and trying to close people down all the time. There’s no need to do that in games like Wednesday where you stay in your shape and make sure they have no way through.”

He added: “We’re nice and narrow and, if we’re like that, the opposition can’t hurt us and I think this way of playing is starting to come to fruition.”