Dave Edwards was delighted both to return to action and with Wolves win on Saturday – but admitted the reception from former club Shrewsbury left him with a lump in the throat!
Edwards came off the bench for his first action since injuring his previously broken foot on the opening day at Preston, and helped Wolves see out a hard-fought 1-0 win secured by Bakary Sako’s late penalty.
A boyhood Shrewsbury fan who went on to play over a century of league games for the club, Edwards, whose family were split between home and away ends in the ground, was taken aback with the welcome he received.
“It was lovely – I had a lump in my throat – it was such a nice thing when they clap you,” said the midfielder.
“I was probably the most nervous I’ve been for a football match stood on the sidelines waiting to come on, and that includes playing at Old Trafford and my Wales debut in Germany.
“Saturday was the most nervous I’ve been – I just wanted to get on the pitch, come off injury-free and get the points.
“I’d only ever played against Shrewsbury in a friendly before, a few seasons ago.
“But it was in front of a full house on Saturday and it’s all that everyone has been talking about for the last three months.
“I think with it being the club I supported, and I didn’t just play for them, like a lot of the Wolves fans who travelled, I was a boyhood fan and I supported them home and away from the age of seven or eight, I played for the away supporters clubs – all these little things which I don’t think a lot of people are aware of.
“The club has got a big place in my heart and to get the reception I got was amazing.
“My little boy Jack and my fiancée Emma were watching as well.
“He really loves football but it was the first time he really understood what was going on.
“So it was nice he was here. My brother and his son, my dad and my mum were all there as Shrewsbury fans so it was nice for them to all be there.
“They were all in the Shrewsbury areas, but my mum was in the Wolves end.”
On the pitch Edwards, who will now be looking to impress in training this week as one of the contenders to replace the suspended David Davis against Sheffield United, acknowledged it was a very close-run contest.
The midfielder confirmed replays suggesting the referee was correct in awarding Wolves the decisive penalty, and said it was the perfect response to the previous derby defeat at the hands of Walsall.
“It was a tight game and I thought Shrewsbury were definitely the better team, particularly the first half when the gaffer wasn’t pleased with our performance,” he added.
“He said a few things to put things right at half-time and I think we played a lot better in the second half.
“It was always going to be a tight game with one goal to settle it and luckily Wolves got it.
“Saturday and Tuesday’s games were probably pretty similar where there was just going to be a goal in it.
“Luckily it went our way on Saturday, even though the performance wasn’t good enough.
“We’re going to have to up it, but if we can stay in games, you’d like to think we’ve got the quality to win them.
“I’m sure our performances will get better, once we settle down.
“We’re quite lucky with injuries at the moment – we’ve only got George Elokobi out and if we can keep people fit and the gaffer has the options he has at the moment, I’m sure we’ll do well.”