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19 September 2012

Finally I’d like to welcome Stale Solbakken, his staff and the Wolves players to Portman Road tonight. Like I said, I expect them to be there or thereabouts come May so we know the challenge ahead. We will be ready for it and under the lights, it should be a cracking game as well.   
I know that as well as anyone. When you don’t get the results, people are unhappy. I’m as unhappy as aMannyone but you have to pick yourself up and go again. That’s what we will do tonight. We have another 123 points to play for.
We could have won four out of our five League games. Even the Blackpool result was misleading. We have played some decent football. We’ve got a young team. There are positives and we are only five games into the season but let’s get it right as well – fans might want to come out and see good football – but most of all supporters want to see a winning team.
Paul Taylor was excellent for us. He had something like eight shots in the 90 minutes. He probably tried too hard but there is no doubt he will be a good player for this football club. I think he will go on to be a fans’ favourite as well.
We passed the ball well at the Riverside, had plenty of possession and had 17 shots at goal. We were the better side but we lacked that cutting edge where it counts – in the penalty box.
While as I said Leicester deserved a point at Wolves on Sunday, we deserved at least the same against Middlesbrough.
I could get a defender tomorrow and another on Friday, and another on Saturday. Getting a player is not the issue, getting the right player is the issue. I have made mistakes in the past where I have brought a player in on the back of a bad result or because I have felt we must get someone in and it’s not worked out. I have got to stay strong and find the right player that I believe can take us forward. That’s my job.
It’s been well documented that we need to add to our options at the back but for several reasons we have not been able to do so. Some are financial, the deals are just out of our price range. Some are geographical. Players are not prepared to move their families. Some are because players that we have been after in the Premier League are just happy enough to sit in the stands and take their wages every week, rather than test themselves at this level. I’m not the first manager to say that and I won’t be the last.  It’s very frustrating but that’s the game we have now.
It’s a balancing act because you want to have a squad that can take you on but you also need to be mindful of working to a budget, especially with the financial regulations  [FFP] coming into play.
There is something like 18 clubs at this level who have played in the Premier League. Some of those clubs are really going for it this year. If they don’t make it, you fear they may follow the likes of Portsmouth into financial problems.
They have come down from the Premier League and had to sell a few players but they have still got bags of experience in their squad. They even had Stephen Hunt, a £5m player, sitting behind me in the stands at Molineux. He can’t get in their side at the moment, that shows you how competitive and challenging, competing in the Championship is.
I stopped off on the way back from Middlesbrough to see Wolves beat Leicester on Sunday. They were probably a touch fortunate but they are a big, strong physical side and I have no doubts they will be in the shake up for the top six come the end of the season.
Welcome back to Portman Road for the first of two home games in four days, with Charlton here on Saturday.

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