Ethan Ebanks-Landell believes he has learned from experience as he sets about the challenge of nailing down a regular first team spot with Wolves.
The affable defender notched his second goal of the season from seven appearances in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Leyton Orient, again operating at a right back position which has previously been his back-up to a more favoured centre half berth.
The 21-year-old has earned praise from Head Coach Kenny Jackett, and, having enjoyed a first taste of regular football on loan at Bury last season, is improving all the time.
“I’d say I was poor at Bradford and in the first half at Notts County too, but everyone just kept telling me to keep going and that’s what I tried to do,” he says.
“It’s true what the gaffer says that I’m a slow starter but hopefully I can change that now and I can play well from the first whistle.
“I think it’s because the gaffer and the boys have faith in me - if I make a mistake, they just say, ‘come on Ethan, keep going’.
“When you have support like that, it’s easy to keep going.
“I’m playing with Premier League players at the back with people such as Sam Ricketts and Stears (Richard Stearman), so what more can I ask for?
“Danny next to me is Premier League quality, so it’s easy for me really.
“If I’ve got to keep scoring to keep playing well that’s fine – I don’t mind scoring!
“I wouldn’t say it’s a shoot-on-sight policy, but I might take that on board.
“I like to think of myself as a goalscorer anyway so I wouldn’t say I’m modest – it’s just the way I am!
“I should have scored the one in the second half as well – I was asking Jake to set me up on my right foot, but the noise of the crowd was too loud and he couldn’t hear me.”
Ebanks-Landell shared the general feelings of frustration that Wolves were unable to build either on his early goal or take any of the other chances created as Leyton Orient hit back to equalise on Sunday.
“I think we did enough to win - I only remember them having two shots,” he said.
“The chances we had, we definitely did enough to win the game.
“It was probably our best first-half performance of the season.
“We were disappointed not to be further in front but we’ve just got to take our chances.
“The fans are always behind us anyway, but it was great to play in such a great atmosphere.
“We just have to look forward to the next game and hopefully I can be consistent and carry on – as long as the gaffer keeps me in the team.”
Ebanks-Landell is now hoping to keep his place in the side for tomorrow’s trip to Tranmere and the start of the second half of the campaign where the players have been challenged to repeat the excellent points haul gleaned from the first.
“We’re aiming for another 48 points in the second half of the season, so hopefully we can keep it going,” he added.
“I’d like to think we can – our fitness is good as a team, you could tell that against Leyton Orient with the way we kept running right to the end.
“I can’t wait for the next game to come along – especially when I’m playing well.
“I’m happy to play with a day’s rest.
“We’ve got two big away games now but hopefully we can get some points from the two – we certainly expect to as one of the better teams in the league.
“We’ve just come through a test against the league leaders and you could see why they’re up there – they’re solid.
“We should have beaten them but it’s one of those we’ll put down to experience.”