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Wolves' Scott Golbourne: We're still finding ourselves

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Wolves defender Scott Golbourne believes the team are still finding their preferred playing style as they search for that elusive consistency.

Kenny Jackett's side have struggled for form this season, winning just five of 16 Championship matches so far.

An improved display against Burnley yielded a point and, importantly from left-back Golbourne's point of view, a second clean sheet in three matches.

The 27-year-old thinks the team need to find the right balance.

He said: "We don't want to become too defensive, especially at home, we need to pass and play and keep that identity of ours as a footballing side.

"I think we're still finding ourselves a little bit, how exactly we want to play.

"We can't be too expansive, we know that, if we give it away we're susceptible to the counter attack, but we don't want to be a team that just plays direct., that doesn't suit us.

"We haven't got he players for that we've got good footballers at the club and we need to utilise that and find the right balance of defending but try to dominate possession and create chances."

Golbourne endured a frustrating 2014/15 with foot injury meaning, by his own admission, he could only play at 80 per cent.

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However a return to full fitness has coincided with a return to form with the former Barnsley man putting in a string of impressive performances in recent weeks.

He will now be looking to earn a new contract, with his current deal expiring next summer.

"It's been really pleasing to have a run of games," he said.

"I'm managing to keep on top of my fitness, hopefully I can stay injury-free and keep performing.

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"If you can perform to a seven or eight (out of 10) each week as a base it breeds confidence and I think I'm somewhere near that at the moment.

"As any player you need a run of games, especially a defender. It helps get your confidence back."

After conceding nine goals in three matches against Middlesbrough, Brentford and Derby County, Wolves let in just one goal in their next three games against Blues, Bristol City and Burnley.

That coincided with the arrival on Newcastle United defender Mike Williamson.

And Golbourne hailed Williamson's influence on the team.

"Him coming in, that little bit of experience, it helps," Golbourne added.

"We lost a bit with (Richard) Stearman going so it's good to have some experience through the core of the team, centre half and midfield players, you do need it there, so that's steadied us up a little bit.

"We've made a conscious effort to keep goals against to a minimum. We've been a little unlucky at times, but we've done quite well in the last few games.

"There's not been many chances for the opposition which is comforting and gives us some confidence."

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