Solbakken relieved with win
Wolves boss happy to hang on
Last Updated: September 16, 2012 4:57pm
Wolves manager Stale Solbakken admits he was a relieved man after seeing his side hang on for a 2-1 win over Leicester.
First-half goals from Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Richard Stearman had put Wolves in control and they looked to be cruising to victory.
But then with 20 minutes left Paul Konchesky's brilliant 30-yard drive set up a frantic finale, in which Leicester should have levelled with David Nugent and Martyn Waghorn going close.
"You could see that it was a team that is not used to winning," said Solbakken. "All the good organisation and spells that we had in the first half we lost in the second half.
"But they fought well, they blocked shots and they were brave in our penalty area and we are relieved that we got three points.
"The first half was something to build on. In a way it was the first game for the new Wolves with the new players coming in from the beginning and also coming in during the game.
"The good thing was that the team did not panic. In the last 15 minutes although it was not wonderful to watch for a coach it was good defending of the penalty area.
"I think the only way to get confidence is to win games but I think we still need to be braver and to make sure that we are not afraid of playing.
"We have a little way to go with that yet. If you are going to be successful you need to have your identity and everyone needs to know what to do when we have and don't have the ball."
Leicester are still without a point away from home this season after three defeats on the road but manager Nigel Pearson is remaining upbeat - despite being upset by the manner of the goals they let in.
He said: "I am annoyed in the fashion that we conceded goals from two set-plays. It was sloppy and when we had the ball we didn't work hard enough.
"That is not something I have seen from us so far so that was a disappointment.
"It really is a case of us making similar mistakes and at some point we have to start taking our chances.
"But the players are working hard and I do believe that our fortunes will change.
"We have got to start getting the performances to a point where we are more difficult to beat because we have the armoury to hurt sides.
"We played some good football but you don't want to play good losing football. It is about winning.
"We have not quite achieved what we want in terms of a points tally.
"There is not an awful lot wrong but we have to start producing winning situations more often and we will do as we have the nucleus of a very good side.
"We have to take responsibility for how we perform and then everything else will fall into place. My remit is to get us up and that is what we expect ourselves - and there is a long way to go.
"I am not overly happy with how we sit at the moment but as the manager I have to look at what we are doing well and not doing well and make sure there is a balanced approach."