Date: 15th December 2016 at 1:11pm
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Richard Stearman has called on Wolverhampton Wanderers to be more ruthless in a division that you can ‘sink or swim’ in.

On the back of the midweek defeat to Cardiff City, where despite taking the lead through Matt Doherty in the 2nd minute, we allowed the hosts back into the game at the Cardiff City Stadium and they took all three points with an eventual two one victory, Stearman was in front of the club’s media team earlier today and his message was pretty clear.

Speaking to the Official Website with the players back in training now ahead of the weekend’s clash against Nottingham Forest, Stearman called for the side to be more ‘ruthless’ in the future to ensure results go our way as we slipped to 20th place in the Championship table.

‘You sink or swim in the Championship – it`s a ruthless league. We have a lot of new faces and a few boys who haven`t played in this division. It is down to the likes of myself, Danny Batth and Eddo to help those lads learn and learn quickly.’

Stearman went on to say that clearly the side are at the wrong end of the table and with us almost half way through the season now we have got to change things quickly.

‘We are at the wrong end of the table and we will struggle to get out of it if we don`t pull our fingers out and start picking up some points. Maybe we are going to have to grind out a few results to push us up the league if we can. We have to be stronger and we have to concede fewer goals.’

Having admitted that the dressing room was ‘gutted’ following the game, Paul Lambert wasn’t much happier either apparently.

‘The gaffer was bitterly disappointed after the Cardiff game and he let the boys know. No one ever has a problem with that – if it gives everyone a kick up the backside then so be it. Then it is all about showing a reaction and performing better next time. That is what we need to do now against Nottingham Forest. Whoever is selected for that match needs to go out and show a reaction. We have to pick ourselves up and stick together and show we can battle out there and not concede goals. It is ruthless, dog eat dog in the Championship, and if you are not up to the challenge you don`t succeed.’

With the early goal in the game giving us the advantage we could’ve made it seven points from three games if the second half period had been better, and Stearman went on to admit that basically we had let ourselves down.

‘It was very frustrating, having scored early, not even to come away with anything. We need to see out games like that to get anything in this division. To concede so late, the boys were gutted and devastated. We seemed to start a bit slow in the second half, and waited for them to come on to us a little bit. We knew their strengths in terms of getting the ball into the box and it was a bit naïve from us to give away so many set pieces. As a result we were penned in during the second half and struggled to get out.’

Adding.

‘In the main we dealt with what they were doing but they were always going to get chances. The first goal was particularly disappointing as I don`t think it was a corner but the decision was given and it is what it is. We had to do better and see it out. We are a young team and we have to learn quickly and it was disappointing that we knew their gameplan but on the night we were unable to stop it.’

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