Date: 28th December 2016 at 10:46am
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Well, I’m sure Richard Stearman isn’t the only one hoping the back-to-back wins Wolves have now seen can act as springboard to continued success.

Thanks – in part – to Stearman’s dramatic added time goalline clearance Wolves saw out a 3-2 win over Bristol City at Molineux on Boxing Day. That win was our first at home since September and represented successive league wins for only a second time this season.

Stearman believes Wolves deserved the win and feels we should take this confidence forward with a third successive win against QPR – in a worse position than us and a woeful run of form – the target on Saturday. He told Express And Star.

‘We can use this as a springboard. Back-to-back wins in this league is massive. Hopefully we can go again – we look forward to QPR (on Saturday) with optimism. We deserved to win. For the first half of the first half we were really good and maybe deserved to be 2-0 or 3-0 up.’

The defender – of course back at Wolves on loan from Fulham – admitted Wolves had taken their foot off the gas and Bristol City took advantage.

However, having stuck to the gameplan Stearman added he was confident a winner would come – well, an equaliser first – and sure enough that happened.

‘We paid the price for not scoring the goals and took our foot off the pedal. They’ve scored a couple of goals and we felt as though we didn’t deserve to be losing at half time. We said at half time that if we got another goal we’d go on and win it. That’s how it panned out. We were determined that if we stuck to our game plan we were going to go on and get the equaliser and the winner.’

Stearman then went on to praise the brilliant Helder Costa.

‘Helder Costa’s goal was brilliant and the two Portuguese lads were excellent and fully worth a goal each. They’ve been great these last few weeks and hopefully that will continue.’

The dramatic clearance – with virtually the last kick of the game – is one Stearman finished by saying he was adamant hadn’t crossed the line with the celebrations that followed proving how much this meant.

‘It was pinball! There were body parts flying everywhere. They hung it up to the back post – their lad has got a head on it and it’s sort of just dropped behind me and I’ve managed to hook it away. Luckily it didn’t ricochet off any other player and we’ve seen the game out. I think I celebrated it like it was a goal for me! I’m 100 per cent sure it was not over the line.’

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