Date: 12th December 2016 at 2:24am
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Manager Paul Lambert has admitted he has mixed feeling following the high scoring draw with Fulham last weekend.

Hosting the Craven Cottage outfit at the Molineux for last weekend’s Championship action, fans in attendance saw an eight goal thriller with Wolves’ efforts coming from Kortney Hause, Matt Doherty, Ivan Cavaleiro and David Edwards and despite taking the lead in the game and then falling behind, Edwards’ last minute strike almost returned all three points, but the visitors hit back in the fourth minute of stoppage time to salvage a point.

Speaking to the Official Website in his post game press conference, Lambert was clearly happy with a lot that he had seen on the day but with plenty he could criticise when it came to the defending it was very much ‘mixed feelings’ for him.

‘It’s mixed emotions. I thought we started the game great. We got in front and then could have gone 2-0 up when Nouha robbed the keeper and pulls his shot wide. Then they go up the park and score and get a couple of wondergoals in amongst it and we are 3-1 down. Sometimes you can`t legislate for that – it just happens and was great finishing.’

Lambert went on to say.

‘We are a young team and up against a good footballing side but in the second half we were outstanding. When we play like that and get on the front foot are a good side. We need a bit of help in January, a bit of know how and players who know the league. We have to remember the goalkeeper today is only 19, two of them at the back are 21, Costa and Cavaleiro are early 20s and new into the country. We have got a young and talented side here which needs a bit of help but one thing`s for sure – what a place this is when you have a game like that. We look a threat going forward but have got be stronger defensively and stronger as a unit and that means everyone. That will come. They are young lads and we will get mistakes and errors but you also get great desire. We just need to marry the two.’

With Wolves needing to show plenty of spirit and character ahead of the game given the changes to plans that had to be made – Andy Lonergan being ruled out with injury like Carl Ikeme, meaning 19 year old Harry Burgoyne coming in for his debut and Nouha Dicko being taken ill the night before the game – Lambert went on to say.

‘There has been things going against us with us losing Lonergan to injury and Carl Ikeme already out. Dicko was sick last night and he managed to get out there. So there were things going against us but I thought the lads were brilliant. You don`t see this type of game too often. It was exciting football and the fans were unbelievable behind us. And what a place this is when you’ve got a game like that. It was important to stop the run of home defeats and the crowd were a major factor. I can’t fault the team. That’s why you play the game. It’s heart attack material.’

As for the goalkeeping change especially, the gaffer went on to talk about why Burgoyne got the nod ahead of Jon Flatt whose also waiting for his senior club debut.

‘Flatty has been on the bench recently and he’s trained with us a lot. But I just felt Harry has played more games. He was on a high from the other night with his penalty saves. It was my call and that’s what I went with. For Harry it was sink or swim. He had a big moment at 3-1 with a double save which was brilliant. His whole game was good for a young kid coming in. He’s set a marker for himself and hopefully in years to come he’ll have a good career. His handling and kicking was good. He had no chances with the goals. I always say good goalkeepers keep you in games at big moments and he had a big moment.’