Ståle Solbakken was forced to defend his tactics after Wolverhampton Wanderers faltered against Bolton.
In a nine minutes spell during the first half Wolves first fell behind when Benik Afobe opened the scoring for Bolton, but two quick-fire goals from Kevin Doyle first put Wolves back level and then into the lead, all before half an hour had been played.
But instead of pushing home the advantage, Wolves sat back, barely had an effort on goal throughout the second half and with ten minutes remaining it was back to the walls defending a slender one goal lead.
Predictably we failed to hold on, with Mark Davies the man to rub salt in the wounds after the former Wolves trainee scored the equaliser in the final minute.
“There was no plan to sit deep – we were pressurised in the last 20 minutes and that`s why tried to change things,” Solbakken told the Express & Star while trying to justify why we ended the match without either Doyle or Ebanks-Blake who had been playing up front.
Solbakken then went on to blame poor possession for the second half performance.
He continued: “We could and should have done better when we led so late in the game. We never really got into it in the second half.”
“After the interval we lost the ball a lot going forward, and when we should have gone forwards, we passed backwards and when we should have gone back we passed it to no-one, So we struggled with the rhythm in the second half and that put us under pressure.”
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