Keeping It Clean

Ikeme looks back on Birmingham stalemate

Carl Ikeme says Wolves must build on the foundations of Sunday’s clean sheet against Birmingham City as they enter the final stretch of the season.

The Birmingham-born keeper acknowledged Wolves could have done more going forward during the second half of the goalless draw at Molineux, but praised the work of the defence in registering a crucial shutout at the back.

‘We probably edged the first half in the game” said Ikeme.

“We had a few half chances and Sav’s header was decent but in the second half Blues were on top.

“It was end-to-end at times and they had the better chances without hitting the target all that much.

“We always knew what would happen and that it wouldn’t be a 3-3 game or anything like that.

“That is the way Blues play – they like to keep it tight and then they really came out at us in the second half.

“You always want to win a game but sometimes you have to take a point and move on.”

The one standout save in the game was made by Ikeme to deny former Wolves midfielder David Davis.

“You have to stay switched on as a keeper when you don’t necessarily have all that much to do,” he added.

“If you are in the thick of the action all the time you can maybe be more fluent in making saves.

“I was happy to make that save from Dave – he’s a good friend of mine and although I didn’t realise it was him until after I wouldn’t have wanted to let him score!

“I was happy to keep a clean sheet, we haven’t kept enough in all honesty, and now we move on to the next game.”

Ikeme continued:  “There were definitely some positives to take.

“The lads defended well, we kept a clean sheet, and it’s two wins and a draw at home now where our home form hasn’t been good enough before.

“We would have liked to have been more threatening in the second half and created more and we found it difficult to get up the pitch and produce any sustained pressure.

“The gaffer said that to us after the game, that we needed to keep more pressure on as we ended up getting deeper as the game became stretched.

“There is something to take on from it, and we just need to continue to push on.”