Dorus De Vries has responded to a solid all round team display and impressive clean sheet against Hull by urging Wolves to build on the result and see the survival job through over the final three games of the season.
De Vries was a composed presence in Tuesday night’s 1-0 victory against the second-placed Tigers, aided and abetted by the defence in front of him, and on the one occasion he was beaten saw substitute Jay Simpson’s shot bounce back off the post.
The Dutch gloveman is now hoping Wolves can build on the result and performance over the final three games of the season, and at least end what has been a disappointing campaign on something of a high.
“It is a big lift for us,” he said of the Hull victory.
“We all needed that win, simple as that.
“I think it was the right time to play Hull after a disappointing result against Huddersfield which was a real knock to us.
“The guys picked themselves up and it was a great performance all over and a great clean sheet.
“Maybe we got a bit lucky with the ball hitting the post but we had a couple of good chances and I think we did really well.
“There have been hard times I can’t lie about that and mentally we have had our ups and downs.
“It has been a strange season for us as individuals and as a team.
“We have had many downs and maybe only a few ups but hopefully this result will give us a push towards the end of the season and ahead of Charlton on Saturday.
“We are out of the relegation zone only on goal difference but it gives us something to build on.
“We’re still in there and fighting for it and that’s what we want to do – to give it our all and work hard to give it our best shot.
“We need to scrap it out now and build from here.
“And results went a little bit our way on Tuesday.
“We have now won five out of eight and are on 51 points and last season would have been safe already by a long shot.
“That’s not the case this time but we are still in there with everything to play for.
“We need to build from Tuesday’s win and try and create that little gap.”
Wolves would have wanted more clean sheets from what has been a disappointing season, and so Tuesday’s shutout will have given great heart to De Vries and a back four who put everything on the line to deal with a string of set pieces and crosses.
Not least as opponents Hull arrived with an excellent away record and are closing in on automatic promotion.
“Defensively we looked great and were spot on,” added the keeper.
“They have got some class players up front and are up where they are in the table for a reason.
“They are comfortable all over the pitch but we tried to retain the ball a little bit more and have some control.
“We recognised the threats and got tackles in when we needed to and closed them down when we needed to and I think we deserved to win.
“We read the game well and credit to the players who did a great job.”
Then at the other end the difference between the two teams was an impressive Kevin Doyle finish after excellent work from Tongo Doumbia and Björn Sigurdarson.
“Kevin Doyle can make a terrible ball look good,” says De Vries.
“He runs for miles and does so well to recover the ball and keep hold of it.
“He is always an outlet for us which is great.
“Bjorn up there and Hunty running the channels also gives us something.”