MCCARTHY BACK TO STOP WOLVES

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

“More than half of their team have won the Cham­pi­onship but I said to my lads if we can keep them quiet, we might have a good day.

“And we didn’t give them an inch.”

Af­ter Ipswich sur­vived an early penalty ap­peal for a foul on Kevin Doyle by Luke Cham­bers, they took com­mand as Lee Martin curled one shot wide and stung Carl Ikeme’s palms with an­other.

They were spray­ing the ball around con­fi­dently, in con­trast to their hosts, and a fine pass­ing move ended with Camp­bell tee­ing up full-back Cress­well to steer home a fine 33rd minute opener.

Af­ter the break, a su­perb fin­ger­tip save from Ikeme foiled Guirane N’Daw’s 25- yard rocket but Camp­bell raced clear of a lan­guid Wolves de­fence to slot home the killer sec­ond goal.

Sol­bakken made a triple sub­sti­tu­tion to try to in­spire a come­back but it failed – and only served to raise the ire of Wolves fans, who roundly jeered the re­moval of pop­u­lar striker Doyle.

And the un­der-fire man­ager promised changes af­ter a sec­ond home loss to a bot­tom­five side in­side four days, fol­low­ing the 3-0 Box­ing Day shocker against Peter­bor­ough dropped Wolves to 17th.

Sol­bakken sighed: “I can’t really ex­plain why, af­ter get­ting nine points from four games and play­ing good foot­ball, we can drop to this level, es­pe­cially against two sides we should be able to dom­i­nate.

“We put out a very of­fen­sive team here but it didn’t work.

“At the moment we look a lit­tle bit scared and that must be the case.

“We must show ev­ery­one we have char­ac­ter.

“The last two per­for­mances have been the worst two of the year and it can’t get any worse.We are in this to­gether but I pick the team and I have got it very wrong th­ese last two games.

“Some­times com­pe­ti­tion for places hasn’t been good enough in some ar­eas of the pitch. Maybe in the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow we can add one or two qual­i­ties to the side.”

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