Stand up to be counted

Edwards says answer is within the dressing room

Dave Edwards admitted that Wolves fell victim to a "sucker punch" as they lost 1-0 to Leeds at Molineux on Saturday.


Wolves created their fair share of chances before Silvio, under pressure, turned a cross into his own net for the game's only goal in the 70th minute. The home side pressed for an equaliser as the game wore on, but couldn't convert any of their opportunities as Leeds took away all three points.


Edwards said afterwards: "We're bitterly disappointed - it's a difficult one to take today. 


"I felt that, up until the goal we were well in the game and probably the better team. But it was a case of the longer the game went on and we weren't taking our chances, the more vulnerable we were to the sucker punch, and unfortunately that came.


"In these kind of games, the worst case scenario should be that you come away with a 0-0 draw - you wouldn't be happy, but as least you'd come away with a point. It happened against Wigan, it happened against Brighton - we need to stay in the games and not concede. That's costing us at the moment.


"We're creating chances but for whatever reason, the ball isn't going in the back of the net. But it's at that point that we need to be really resolute and make sure we don't concede and keep the momentum in our favour.


"I'm sure the goals will come; we just need an ugly goal to go in off someone's backside."


The Wales midfielder admitted that Wolves' current run of form, - no win in five games - is a cause for concern, but believes that there is enough in the dressing room to turn the situation around.


He continued: "Every game you go without winning, the pressure builds. We can't go out and sign players at the moment - the answer has to come from within the dressing room now, and it's time for people to stand up and be counted.


"It's up to us to go over the white line and put in a performance, and to have enough nous and experience to win a football match."


Edwards and his team-mates gathered in the centre circle after full-time to applaud all four stands, and after the game he reinforced the need for togetherness.


"The fans really stuck with us," he added. "It's so important that we put in performances that the fans can be proud of. It's got to mean everything to the lads. This is such a huge football club and the fans will go with you if you work your socks off and you do the right things. That's the only way we're going to get out of this.


"We need the fans more than ever now, but that has to come from us. We need to keep the fans with us; we didn't win today but we need to show how much we appreciate the fans. Everyone at this football club needs to show togetherness, as well as that passion, desire and appreciation to what the fans bring to this club."


He added: "We want to be looking up the table rather than looking the other way. This club can't be in that position; it's a huge club with huge ambitions and the responsibility lies with the players."