We can turn it around - Solbakken

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Stale Solbakken is feeling the heat at Wolves

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Stale Solbakken is feeling the heat at Wolves

Wolves manager Stale Solbakken has vowed he can ride out the growing storm after his side crashed to a 1-0 npower Championship defeat against in-form Millwall.

Millwall striker Andy Keogh returned to haunt his former club with a winner in the 78th minute in the 300th league appearance of his career. It sent Wolves crashing to a sixth defeat in nine games, a third successive loss and means they have taken just three points from the last 27.

Solbakken, who left the field with chants of 'what a load of rubbish' from angry fans ringing in his ears, has seen his side slide from third to eighteenth in the space of seven weeks.

"I am full of confidence that I can turn it around," said Solbakken who was marking 200 days in charge against Millwall. "I am quite sure that I am the right man. I have no doubt about that. I don't think any players have that either. I think they are very much behind me. Football is a results business but I hope that I am here to bring success in the long-term and the short-term.

"When you have gone nine games without a win the most important thing is the next game. I understand the questions (about my job). It is a fair question. It is about one man having the pressure and that is me. I am the man who has to get confidence back in the team. In the first-half we went at Millwall and I think we were by far the best team.

"But in the second-half it was probably the worst we have done this season. We looked nervous and it was very untidy. We kicked it when we should have kept it. In the second-half we were awful. We did not look like a football team. All we can say is sorry for the second-half because that was as bad as it can be.

"There is only one man to blame and one man to get it going again and that is me. I have to sort this out quickly. Hopefully quality rather than a lucky break will turn the corner. Some players have a lack of confidence but that is normal. But it is nothing to do with morale. I can't blame that. I don't think that going mad at the players now will help."

Keogh settled affairs by finishing smartly from close range for his fifth goal of the season after being neatly set-up by Chris Wood. In contrast to struggling Wolves, Millwall are on the crest of a wave. They are now unbeaten in 12 games, taking 19 points from the last 21 and have won their last four games.

The victory lifted Millwall into fifth place and manager Kenny Jackett said: "It was a fantastic result for us. I thought that in the first-half we were flat. We looked like we lacked energy but we hung in there. Going into the second-half we grew and looked in control.

"You could see the goal coming and I am really pleased for Andy Keogh as he had two goals disallowed on Saturday (against Blackburn Rovers) so he was owed one and it was a very, very good finish."

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