Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 - 1 Millwall

Match info: Championship at Molineux Stadium

Date: 27/11/2012 KO: 19:45 Ref: M Naylor Att: 18,174

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Wolves

0
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Millwall

Andy Keogh 79

FT (ht: 0-0)

  • Last Updated: November 27 2012, 23:18 GMT

Wolves manager Stale Solbakken has vowed he can ride out the growing storm after his side crashed to a 1-0 npower Championship defeat against in-form Millwall.

Stale Solbakken: Confident he can turn things around
Stale Solbakken: Confident he can turn things around

Millwall striker Andy Keogh returned to haunt his former club with a 78th minute winner in the 300th league appearance of his career.

It sent Wolves crashing to a sixth defeat in nine games and means they have taken just three points from the last 27.

Solbakken, who left the field with chants of 'what a load of rubbish' from angry fans ringing in his ears, has seen his side slide from third to 18th in the space of seven weeks.

"I am full of confidence that I can turn it around," said Solbakken. "I am quite sure that I am the right man. I have no doubt about that.

"I don't think any players have that either. I think they are very much behind me.

"Football is a results business but I hope that I am here to bring success in the long-term and the short-term.

"When you have gone nine games without a win the most important thing is the next game."

Solbakken is under huge pressure and knows his job is on the line.

"I understand the questions (about my job). It is a fair question," he added. "It is about one man having the pressure and that is me.

"I am the man who has to get confidence back in the team.

"In the first-half we went at Millwall and I think we were by far the best team. But in the second-half it was probably the worst we have done this season. We looked nervous and it was very untidy. We kicked it when we should have kept it.

"In the second-half we were awful. We did not look like a football team. All we can say is sorry for the second-half because that was as bad as it can be.

"There is only one man to blame and one man to get it going again and that is me. I have to sort this out quickly."

Keogh settled affairs by finishing smartly from close range for his fifth goal of the season after being neatly set-up by Chris Wood.

In contrast to struggling Wolves, Millwall are on the crest of wave.

They are now unbeaten in 12 games, taking 19 points from the last 21 and are up to fifth having won their last four games.

"It was a fantastic result for us," said boss Kenny Jackett. "I thought that in the first-half we were flat. We looked like we lacked energy but we hung in there.

"Going into the second-half we grew and looked in control.

"You could see the goal coming and I am really pleased for Andy Keogh as he had two goals disallowed on Saturday (against Blackburn Rovers) so he was owed one and it was a very, very good finish."

Jackett is optimistic that his side can maintain their lofty position and he added: "We are talking about trying to establish ourselves in the top ten of this division.

"That is a big ask but it is our aim. We feel that if we are in the top 10 we are around the play-off area. That is ultimately where we want to be.

"Anyone in the Championship cannot have a Premier League dream.

"That is what you are there for. We do recognise that there are some very big clubs.

"That is our ambition. Have we got that dream, yes definitely we have.

"At the start of the season we felt we had more players who could score than since I have been here.

"Defensively we were quite poor and we worked at that and we have managed to hang in games by being strong defensively.

"That has helped us and we have had some very good performances. We have got great team spirit and in this run I have seen a group of hungry players."


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