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Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Solbakken apologises to Wolves fans

David Instone

Stale Solbakken apologised to Wolves supporters after his side suffered a ninth match without victory and insisted the buck stops with him.

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The Molineux boss, having admitted beforehand that his players were being portrayed as 'idiots' because of a slide that has now seen them drop 15 places in just over five weeks, did not mince his words either after the 1-0 home defeat against Millwall on Tuesday.

The final whistle was greeted by loud booing and chants of 'what a load of rubbish', with Wolves hurt by a goal from one of their former players - in this case Andy Keogh - for the third time in just over a month.

"One man is going to have the pressure and that's me," he said. "I have to get confidence back into the team. In the first 20-25 minutes, we were really good and were by far the best team.

"The second half was probably the worst we have done this season for long periods. We looked nervous and it was very untidy. We were awful, nervous and disorganised, and not like a team at all. We have to be honest about that.

"We can't really say anything else but sorry for the second half because that was as bad as it can be. There's nothing more to say."

Wolves have lost six and drawn three of their last nine games to slip to 18th and they face fellow strugglers Bristol City and Birmingham in their next two matches.

Having dropped like a stone from last season's Premier League, they have now fared dismally for virtually an entire calendar year under three different managers - Mick McCarthy, caretaker Terry Connor and Solbakken.

And the Norwegian is not ducking the issue, while insisting he will still prove a success in the long term.

"When you go a bit optimistic into two home games and you play two very bad second halves in a row, there's only one man to blame and that's me," Solbakken said. "I have to sort this out quickly because it's not normal that players with that ability make so many technical mistakes and tactical mistakes.

"We were very bad in the second half and we were very bad in the second half against Nottingham, at least in the last 30 minutes. I don't want to hide from the responsibility. I am full of confidence I can turn it round and that I am the right man. I don't think any players doubt that either. I think all the players are very much behind me."




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