Scott Golbourne believes Wolves are getting closer to a level of performance demanded by Head Coach Kenny Jackett.
The left back, who notched his second Wolves goal in Saturday’s FA Cup draw at Oldham, and indeed almost notched a winner, has targeted some better second half displays to build on what has generally been a good level in the opening period.
“We’re getting there,” he says.
“The gaffer has talked to us about raising the level of our second-half performances because we seem to get ourselves into good positions by racing out of the blocks in the first half.
“And then in the second half, we just seem to do enough to win.
“We don’t press on and move through the gears where we could perhaps look to do some damage and score more goals.
“In terms of all-round performances, we’re getting there.
“We’re playing the football we’re practising in training.
“The difficult thing is taking what we’ve been doing in training into the games, because the quality and standard of training is very high.
“We haven’t always managed to bring that into the games.
“But we’re getting there – the more games we play, we’re looking more like the team the manager wants us to be.”
It was a tale of two chances for Golbourne as he returned to face an Oldham side he represented on loan back in 2009.
An excellent header which nestled in the bottom corner, and then the missed chance late on which came as he flew in at speed to try and direct James Henry’s chip goalwards from an acute angle.
“It was about taking a bit of a chance as a full-back – the manager has asked me to get forward as much as possible,” he said of the goal.
“It’s not often I get in the box but if it’s right, I’ll take the chance and luckily on Saturday, it paid off.
“I can operate on the left wing or left midfield – it’s quite natural for me because I enjoy playing the full length of the pitch anyway.
“As a full-back I like to get up and down the pitch.
“Hopefully I can get into good positions and add a few more goals during the season.
“I’d like to think we might have nicked it with my chance late on.
“It was just anticipation really – I think the chance was meant for Jake Cassidy but to get in on at the back post was what I was looking to do but the angle was tight and I was under pressure and the goalkeeper came racing out as well.
“So I knew I had to aim quite high to score but unfortunately I missed the target.
“I was a little bit disappointed with myself because I probably should have done a bit better with that.”
On the game itself, given the challenge provided by Oldham and indeed the challenge of the testing conditions, the 25-year-old said a draw was ultimately a reasonable return.
“It was tough – the weather for one was difficult, and I think we saw the four seasons in one game!
“There were hailstones then a big bolt of lightning came out of somewhere and it was unusual, so with the conditions, a draw wasn’t necessarily a bad thing.
“The opposition was also tough but it was a typical FA Cup tie.
“We had our fair share of chances – in the first half there were chances for both teams and I think there could have been a few more goals.
“I think we probably just shaded it and had the better quality chances but on another day with better finishing, it would have been a more high scoring game.
“Now there’s a replay and playing every Saturday and Tuesday does take its toll but we look forward to another game and it’s at home, where we always fancy our chances.
“We look forward to the return.”