Kenny Jackett has again highlighted the vital role of Wolves’ fans so far this season as Coventry prepare to bring the biggest away following to Molineux tomorrow (3pm).
The Sky Blues have sold over 3,300 tickets for tomorrow’s game, undoubtedly leading to an excellent atmosphere as Wolves return to action after the break for internationals.
Both Jackett and the Wolves players have been driven on by excellent support home and away this season, and the Head Coach is confident of more of the same tomorrow.
“Our home support has been very good and they have linked very well with the players, and at times, the supporters have got us over the line to win games as well,” he said.
“They’ve driven us on at times or dragged us towards that win.
“That’s been a vital component to what’s been a pretty pleasing start to the league.
“They have been fantastic so far and contributed to our position and our points total.
“It will be a very good atmosphere and a local derby and we know we have to rise to these occasions and make sure we’re ready.
“Wolves v Coventry has been played in mostly the upper echelons of the footballing pyramid – they’ve been two Premier League teams.
“We’ve picked up 25 points out of the first 30 so we’re looking forward to the game.
“If we have been slightly second best or anxious at home, we’ve either come through it or defended well enough to have stayed in the game – that’s the real key part.
“We’d love to dominate for the entirety of every game but the reality is you’re not going to do that and sides will have a spell.
“That’s when you need to defend well to stay in the game to give yourself a chance later on.
Jackett expects a tough test against a Coventry side which, but for a ten point penalty imposed during pre-season, would be fifth in the Sky Bet League One table.
He added: “Coventry have got a very good front two who have managed 18 goals between them now – Callum Wilson has 10 and Leon Clarke eight and it’s the most potent strike pairing in the division so far.
“The boys behind them are working well and have a lot of belief in the lads up front when they’re scoring that many goals.
“That’s been a major contribution to an excellent start to a season when you consider everything that’s happened to them with leaving the Ricoh and going to play at Northampton.
“What’s gone on there in the last few years hasn’t done the club any good, but I’m sure they will be delighted with the start to the season they’ve made with everything going against them.
“It could have been a disastrous season for them.
“They’ve started very well and I’m sure they’ve given everyone around their club optimism going forwards.
“Going to watch them play on Sunday and then seeing a good number go to the game but stay outside while the game is going on just shows you how deep the feeling is because it was a cracking game to watch inside the ground.
“I think from where they were stood, you could probably see it anyway, but it showed you how hurt they are by the situation and how much they feel Coventry is their home.
“They want to get back to the Ricoh Arena but you can only commend the team in what they’ve done in the circumstances on and off the pitch.
“We respect every opposition but we don’t talk about them too much either because it’s important we get everyone back and fit for a vital run of games now so we keep pace at the top.”