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Wolves have no excuses now admits Stale Solbakken

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Stale Solbakken today admitted that there can be no excuses as he tries to rebuild a new-look Wolves team.

Stale Solbakken today admitted that there can be no excuses as he tries to rebuild a new-look Wolves team.

The manager admits his biggest challenge now is to integrate the seven new signings with the existing squad to improve results.

Wolves go into tomorrow lunchtime's Molineux showdown against Leicester with just four points from their first four games, leaving them 19th in the Championship before today's programme.

Solbakken is priming his players for an intense period of three matches in seven days, with trips to Ipswich on Wednesday and Peterborough next Saturday to come.

"It's an intense period, but it's also a good opportunity for us to get some points together, climb the table and make sure we find our identity," said Solbakken.

"For us it's different than for others, because we're having to build a new team, and we're not where we want to be at this stage of the season.

"We've had a lot of late transfers with players going in and out.

"But we can't use that as an excuse. Instead, we should see it as a challenge and we must try to do it quickly."

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Solbakken admits there is a sizeable void to be filled to mix the British and overseas cultures.

"The British and foreign players have to adapt to new challenges and a different way of playing football," said the Norwegian.

"It's easy to see in training that there's a gap in thinking between the foreign players and some British-based players.

"So that's the challenge now, because both cultures have something good – and if we can get it right, it will be very good."

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Midfielder Karl Henry is set to return to the starting line-up, while Razak Boukari looks like starting from the bench.

Solbakken said there would be changes from the team beaten 3-1 at Cardiff.

"There might be one, two or three changes," he said.

But he hinted Georg Margreitter may have to continue his watching brief.

"He has to be patient but he can also go in," he said. "But he also has to adapt to the English game.

"Georg cost about £500,000 and he's very much a man for the future.

"He's a natural leader and I think he'll be a very good player for Wolves in the long and short-term future."

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