It has been a torrid opening to Wolves' season as they have seen a fairly good start under former coach Walter Zenga turn into an incredibly difficult campaign that has snowballed into a relegation battle. With this fight in mind, Dave Edwards spoke to the Express and Star about how his team needs to become streetwise if they are to survive.
Wolves currently sit in 21st place in the Championship with 18 points, with only Wigan between them and being in the relegation zone. It is vital then that they find a way to pick up a victory over QPR on Thursday with Paul Lambert in need of a morale boosting victory.
Before this crunch match, Dave Edwards spoke to the Express and Star about how his side need to find a streetwise edge to add to their game: "To me it is about being streetwise. The goals we’ve conceded of late seem to happen when we are going forward and it’s a quick clearance and they have space to run into. It it means taking someone out on the half-way line and giving a foul away, you’ve got to do that and it’s more about being streetwise at the moment. It is silly mistakes".
Aston Villa's Jack Grealish (L) in action with Wolves' David Edwards
"The older, experienced players like myself, we are the ones who have got to stand up. It is so easy to come out here and say it - but we need to do it on Thursday night. I’m really confident with what we’ve got in that dressing room, and the experienced heads we’ve got, we can go out and lead the team and do that on the training ground this week and on Thursday".
"We have to get it right and it is up to us".
Wolverhampton Wanderers' David Edwards celebrates scoring their first goal with Cameron Borthwick-Jackson
Edwards' observations are very astute, and his teammates need to learn how to tow the lines of legality in their games. The best teams such as Barcelona, for all of their beautiful football, know how to make a cynical foul to stop a team from breaking against them and scoring.
Wolves have too often conceded late sloppy goals which has denied them much needed points. It is crucial for Paul Lambert then, that he finds a way to encourage Wolves to play good football, but to also know when they need to be underhanded in their games.