Ståle Solbakken has spoken of the need for Wolves fans to once more rally behind the cause in the home games against Nottingham Forest and Millwall.
The manager believes the backing from the stands helped his ten-man side salvage a last-gasp draw against Brighton nearly a fortnight ago and senses a good mood among supporters approaching the Molineux double-header over the next week.
“Hopefully, the crowd will stay behind the players in these next two home games,” he said. “It’s important to have the atmosphere from the Brighton game which helped the players to get back and take a point. I sense a lot of positivity.
“But, in saying that, I’ll mention again that I will never, ever instruct even one fan not to say what they mean. They’re entitled to express their concern at the moment.
“At the same time, I’m quite sure I’m the right man to take this club forward – I’m very confident of that. I’m also very aware at the moment there are anxious fans out there because we’re some points short of where we want to be. I’m sure we can put it right.”
Solbakken believes Wolves’ form at Molineux, where they have emerged victorious four times and lost only once, is cause for optimism.
Both Forest – after a win over Dave Jones’ Sheffield Wednesday last weekend – and Millwall, who are currently unbeaten in ten games, are set to arrive here in good heart on Saturday and Tuesday respectively.
But Solbakken adds: “At home, we’ve more or less controlled every game. We had some periods against Bolton where we were a little bit backs-to-the-wall but we’ve pretty much gone in the right direction.
“The only home game we lost – against Crystal Palace – we should have had three points. We were by far the best team and were very unlucky in that game. At home, I sincerely believe we’ve deserved five or six points more.
“I’ve talked about the five or six points more and we would have been in an OK position. So that’s maybe where we’re short at the moment.
“What’s important is that the players have responded well and have shown in the last two games they really want to fight for the cause.
“They’ve tried everything to put in good performances and to try to do what we’ve been working at on the training ground.”
Solbakken remains intent on restoring the side to the sort of position they were in a few weeks ago but has no intention of damping down expectations from fans.
Nor is he blasé about hiding behind the suggestion that the club had long-term planning in mind when they appointed him in May.
“I hope so,” he added. “But I’m not the one to answer that and it isn’t something I’m thinking about.