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Wolves boss Solbakken: This is serious now

Stale Solbakken today admitted Wolves' position is becoming "more serious" and ordered his players to get tough after last night's 2-1 defeat at Hull.

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The Tigers setback made it just two points from the last 15 available and dropped Wolves into the bottom half of the table for the first time since the 3-1 defeat at Cardiff more than two months ago.

It also meant 13th-placed Wolves are now as close to the relegation zone as to leaders Crystal Palace – eight points. Wolves' third successive away defeat came after they trailed 2-0 for the third trip in a row, thanks to strikers Sone Aluko and Jay Simpson before James Chester's own goal gave them hope.

In another performance in which they had plenty of possession but struggled to create chances, they had just one effort on target – Dave Edwards' deflected first-half shot.

Boss Solbakken's side host bogey team Brighton on Saturday and the Norwegian admitted their position is becoming more serious with each match.

"We're in a bad spell at the moment for points and for every game we don't pick anything up it gets more serious," said the Wolves chief.

"That makes pressure for every game. We're not out of it at all but we have to pick up points quickly.

"But it's important we stand together now and believe.

"We have no margins and have to toughen up and not feel sorry for ourselves and continue playing.

"These are tough times but you have to come through it."

Solbakken admitted Wolves' build-up play was too ponderous last night but wasn't overly concerned at the lack of chances.

"In the first half maybe we played too slow in periods but that was also because Hull are very compact and waited for us to make mistakes," he said.

"They're good at that with five at the back and they could use their advantage of being ahead.

"We also didn't make too many chances to score but that goes up and down during a season."

He added: "We're playing in a crazy division, but we're not doing that well enough and not picking up points. We have to improve."

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