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Solbakken enjoys home comforts

9 December 2012

Stale Solbakken admitted it was a relief to end Wolves' home struggles as they edged past midlands neighbours Birmingham 1-0 at Molineux.

Wanderers were winless in six in front of their own fans going into the derby clash, a run stretching back to the start of September, while they had lost their last two on home soil.

But that sorry streak came to an end courtesy of Marlon King's 34th-minute own goal, the Birmingham striker slicing past Jack Butland when attempting to clear Bakary Sako's drilled free-kick at the front post.

Wolves also recorded their first clean sheet since the start of October, with Solbakken delighted at the day's work.

"It's a lot of relief (to end our home run without a win)," the Norwegian said. "A lot of things were maybe put to bed today - a clean sheet, a home win, a good second-half (performance) and a derby win. We have two very difficult away games coming up so it was important game in many aspects."

Birmingham counterpart Lee Clark cut a frustrated figure after the defeat.

Clark watched his side enjoy the better of the first half, despite going into the interval behind, although Wolves were the more dominant force after the break. Clark admitted he would rather be celebrating a positive result than a good performance, with defeat meaning Blues are still chasing their first back-to-back wins of the campaign.

And he feels the game was a missed opportunity as his struggling side, 19th in the table, strive to close the the nine-point gap between themselves and the play-off places.

"Today's results (elsewhere) gave us an opportunity, the top six hadn't moved any further away from us before kick-off. We could have actually moved closer to them," Clark said. "I made a point of saying that to the players, a win would have taken us six points off.

"I spoke pre-match about chipping away at those nine points and the teams ahead of us and trying to cut that gap come January. Unfortunately we've just stood still, really. I'm disappointed with that and it's forced hand in hand with the inconsistency at the moment."

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