Wolves' 4-1 win a victory for my methods, says Stale Solbakken

Relieved Stale Solbakken today insisted Wolves' return to winning ways was a triumph for his footballing philosophy.


The Wolves boss masterminded a 4-1 win at Bristol City which ended a nine-match winless run during which his side had taken just three points from 27.

It was the perfect response to a week in which his tactics had been questioned by players and his car had paint tipped over it by vandals.

And he said: "I think what is important is the way of playing – that the players feel it can work again. It had worked for long periods but it had also been very bad for long periods. So it was important for the players to see that.

"We have something to build on with the way we played and the way we stuck to our principles.

"Hopefully we can build on this and we can be a December team because we certainly weren't a November team!

"But I'm not the type of guy to get carried away."

All four goals came in the first half as Wolves chalked up their biggest away win since a 4-1 triumph at Leicester on May 6, 2007, but they could have at least doubled their tally after the break.

Solbakken was delighted with the way his side applied themselves after their recent second-half fadeouts.

"What pleased me was the way we started the second half because we had four or five good chances," he said.

"We could have had another five or six goals, so it was very convincing.

"Maybe the first goal was a bit lucky but after that we played some nice stuff and the confidence grew. So overall it was a very good performance.

"The only time we were sloppy was in the last 15 minutes when there were some changes. Before that it was a very solid and good performance."

Wolves' first victory since Blackburn away on October 6 lifted them one place to 17th and Solbakken said fans were right to criticise.

"We're at a big club and have to live with that expectation," he said. "I certainly wouldn't blame any fans or talk about pressure because that should always be there.

"Wolverhampton Wanderers is a big club so there should always be pressure. The fans have been really good for us this season and they're entitled to raise their voices when things aren't going well."

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