“A much improved performance all round” was the verdict of caretaker boss Paul Davis after Town’s penalty shoot-out heartbreak against a slick Wolves side.
“We obviously changed our defence with the two new lads coming in but we also changed our game plan. I wanted us to be difficult to beat and hard to play against. They are a very good team with some top class players and I felt that if we went and got after them we could be in trouble. So I wanted us to sit in and be a bit more solid with the intention of not conceding early as in recent games and try tov get to half time still with Wolves still nil
The lads followed that instruction and that’s what pleased me the most. Wolves may have had more of the ball but I don’t think they created too many chances and it was harsh on us to go in at the break one down, but we made one mistake and they scored which shows their quality.
So I said to the boys at half time let’s give it a real go in the second half which is what we did. I think it surprised them and it sprung us into life and we grew in confidence..
We missed a penalty but then we equalised and Ravi Shamsi had a tremendous effort well saved by their keeper. But then Ravi is denied by a great tackle and thirty seconds later the ball’s in the back of our net for their second. and that’s what we’ve been like recently – sloppy.
After that we could easily have lost 3 or 4-1 but we showed great character to take the tie to the lottery of the shoot-out.
So the lads tonight have done absolutely everything I’ve asked them to. They followed my instruction and the game plan worked. We’ve taken a Premier League team to penalties and I hope the supporters can see that we are now heading in the right direction.”