Wolves skipper Sam Ricketts: We paid price of dire defending

Captain Sam Ricketts today admitted Wolves’ defending cost them their unbeaten run at Crawley as he acknowledged they’re not “unbeatable”.

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Last night’s shock 2-1 defeat ended Wolves’ 10-match unbeaten run but they remain top and three points ahead of third-placed Leyton Orient, with another game in hand.

Wolves’ first defeat since January 3 at Gillingham was the first time they have conceded more than once since the 3-3 draw at Rotherham on December 21 and also cost them a club-record equalling fifth straight away win. And Ricketts admitted Wolves defended poorly.

“We haven’t done that all season, but that’s football,” he said. “It was very frustrating; you go into every game wanting to win and we got the lead in a scrappy game and then uncharacteristically gave away two sloppy goals.”

But Ricketts stressed they haven’t lost ground and they’re not invincible.

“It’s important to put it into perspective – that was only the fifth defeat this season, but we’re not unbeatable,” said the skipper.

“No-one said it was going to be easy to get promoted and we’re all bitterly disappointed.

“But we’re still top and have a game in hand on Leyton Orient in third, which shows what a run we’ve been on and the quality in the side.”

“It was always going to be scrappy because of the conditions but we let them back into the game and we were playing catch-up,” added Ricketts.

“We gave them something to hold on to and they defended really well.”

“They executed their gameplan as well as they could have done.”

Ricketts added: “We did the hard thing by getting in front but in the past when we’ve gone ahead, we’ve generally held on, dug in or pulled away from sides.

“You learn from it, take it on the chin and carry on.”

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Comments for: "Wolves skipper Sam Ricketts: We paid price of dire defending"

Jack the Hat


The problem now is wolves have been rumbled and nerves are jangling. The games will now come thick and fast. This will highlight the cracks in defence uless the bus is used.


Ye Olde South Bank

“You learn from it, take it on the chin and carry on.”

That wise, last line says it all. Now let's see the boys put into action against the Blades.

As the saying goes, it's not about a single defeat; it's the way you respond to defeat that matters.

Ritchie Wolves

Under Alex ferguson Man Utd had a 54% win record, just incase you cannot understand the point Jack! that means you don't win nearly half your games. This young side are allowed a blip.

Come on.......................

Esso Ian

See you next season Jack ...... Boing Boing Baggies Down.


jack the hat

Wolves have one of the best defences in the football league.

Wolves defeat was our first in 10 matches so wind your neck in, least we know how to defend

Lay off using these message boards to have a dig at Wolves


Black Country Wanderer

Certainly was poor defending,although the luck of the bounce went for Crawley no doubt,and we had the chances to at least get a point even if it was a below par performance

I believe complacency was the problem on Saturday ,but perhaps not last night,it was always going to be a hard game against a good side on a small pitch,but hardly mission impossible was it?

Going to be very difficult on Saturday ,but I've a feeling we will be back firing on all cylinders for that one,at least a point is needed and will be earned I hope

We still need 6 wins IMO for promotion ,that surely is within our grasp,if not then we don't deserve it do we?

This could be the kick up the backside we needed,because we have been getting complacent at times in last few games,that's team and fans alike,I've been saying it for weeks ,the jobs not done till those 95 points are on the board,that's the total I believe will get us up

As far as Baggies fans are concerned,you have been very quiet for the last month or so ,amazing what one win does isn't it?


Sounds like a rerun of the Shrewsbury game, finding it difficult to break down the opposition. I'm not sure Edwards is the right replacement for Jacobs and I now think O'hara should be brought in from the cold.