Karl Henry today highlighted the “scary” talent of Wolves front four against Bristol City – but admitted the performance at Ashton Gate must be transformed to home soil to achieve victory against Birmingham on Saturday (5.20pm).
Henry was back from suspension as Wolves won 4-1 against the Robins, and was able to shore up the midfield and watch Bakary Sako, Kevin Doyle, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Björn Sigurdarson wreak havoc in the opening 45 minutes.
Of the summer’s new boys Sigurdarson in particular is now starting to really find his feet and echo the initial impact of Sako on the team’s attacking prowess.
“We all worked really hard as a team and the front four were excellent,” says Henry.
“I don’t think it’s a position that Björn is used to playing but he was great.
“He was closing people down, running around and ‘ratting’ as we would say, and when he got on the ball showed some great quality.
“He’s got so much power as well.
“When he stretches his legs he can just glide past people and he was very dangerous on Saturday.
“I think it was quite scarey to see those four combining together so well and hopefully that can carry on.”
On the overall performance the captain added: “It is only one game but it was a good performance.
“The first half in particular was far more like us and not how we have been during the recent run.
“After everything that has been happened the manager had wanted us to start brightly and start well and go and press them.
“We did exactly that and I think the plan worked well.
“It was enjoyable to play in and I am sure it was enjoyable for the fans whose support was non-stop during the afternoon.
“It was nice to see them happy and cheering after recent results.”
Now though it’s all about repeating the performance in the cauldron of a teatime Midlands derby with Blues.
“Let’s face it, we should be able to play like that more often and win games in this division,” adds the skipper.
“We should be able to dominate games and especially at Molineux.
“But our home form hasn’t been anywhere near good enough so far.
“We had a great performance on Saturday but need to carry that on now and get another four or five great performances.
“There are always going to be games where performance levels drop – that is inevitable.
“But we need to make sure we’ve strung together three, four or five good performances before a dip.”
Wolves must of course aim for back-to-back victories without Henry’s midfield partner from Ashton Gate Dave Edwards, who is sidelined for six to eight weeks with a torn hamstring.
“It is a real blow to us,” says Henry.
“Eddo has been in good form and I enjoyed playing in there with him on Saturday.
“Hopefully he will be back quickly.
“But we’ve got options in the centre of midfield whether with Dave Davis who I think is a good player and Tongo as well.
“And Kevin Foley can also play in there as well.
“He’s done the job before and is a natural footballer who can operate anywhere on the pitch.
“We’ll try and continue to play well whoever is picked but hopefully Eddo will be back as soon as he can be.”
Ready for Blues then, a team with whom Henry and Wolves have locked horns many times in recent seasons.
He knows it will not be easy, admitting: “It is going to be a tough game.
“We’ve had some great battles with Birmingham over the last few years and I am sure this will be another one.
“It’s one to look forward to.
“It’s a local derby and the ground should be rocking with the atmosphere and it could be a tense occasion.
“It is an opportunity for us because if we can go out and win a second successive game it will start to build some momentum.”