Kevin Foley says Wolves have to go out and post back-to-back victories to get the maximum reward for returning to winning ways at Bristol City.
Saturday’s 4-1 win at Ashton Gate was Wolves’ first win in ten attempts in the npower Championship, but the versatile Foley knows that has to be the beginning of a sustained run if Wolves are to climb the table.
Midlands rivals Birmingham stand in the way of those possible back-to-back wins in Saturday’s tea-time tussle at Molineux (5.20pm), and Foley is expecting the usual tough and competitive encounter.
“Ourselves and Birmingham have both been up and down over the last few seasons and we’ve had some good games against them,” he said.
“I’m sure this one will be just as competitive as they always are.
“Like us Birmingham might not be where they want to be so far this season but they have got some experienced players and are coming off the back of a good result beating Middlesbrough.
“It will be another tough game and we will have to be right up for it.
“We’ve been on a bad run of late and have played some bad games but had also played o-k in games and still lost.
“Against Bristol City we played really well in the first half and everything we hit seemed to go in.
“It all went in our favour whereas in previous games a lot of things didn’t although we can’t use that as an excuse.
“It was just good to get the winning feeling back and hopefully we can get more of that now in the matches to come.
“I’ve said it a million times – if you win a couple of back to back games it makes such a difference in such a tight league.
“And it also does so much for confidence as well.
“That has to be our aim now as we play Birmingham on Saturday.”
Foley is of course firmly focused on the glut of league fixtures taking place in December, but could certainly be forgiven for sparing the odd thought to the New Year and, in particular, the third round of the FA Cup.
Wolves have been drawn away to Luton Town, now in the Blue Square Premier division but, in Foley’s time at Kenilworth Road, once in the Championship.
Indeed Foley played on the last occasion the two teams met back in 2007, his Luton finishing on the wrong end of a 3-2 defeat to Wolves thanks to Karl Henry’s second half winner.
“I couldn’t have hand-picked a better draw myself!” Foley says of his impending return.
“I didn’t actually see the draw but got about ten messages through within a minute.
“It was just brilliant from my point of view and it will be great to go back.
“I was at Luton from when I was nine to when I was 22 and I played in the first team for four seasons before I came here.
“It’s a special place for me and where I grew up and I’ve still got a lot of family and friends there.
“I am sure I’ll be inundated with ticket requests and it would be good to go back there.
“They’ll certainly be looking to give us a really good game.
“It is always a tough place to go and I remember when I was there teams never really liked coming to Luton especially the bigger teams when we were in the Championship for a couple of seasons
“We’ll have to be expecting a tough game and it can be an intimidating venue – I’ll expect nothing less!”
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