Scott Golbourne believes Wolves are yet to hit top gear this season – but are moving closer towards it.
Heading into tomorrow’s visit of MK Dons (3pm) and the ever-hectic festive schedule, Wolves occupy second spot in Sky Bet League One, level on points with leaders Leyton Orient and six clear of third placed Peterborough.
But that comes from a solid foundation which left back Golbourne is confident can continue to improve as the season pushes on.
“If you offered us this position at the start of the season we would have taken it,” he says.
“We are a little bit disappointed on a few occasions not to have capitalised on victories and perhaps getting ourselves in an even better position.
“As it stands we are pleased with where we are but still have a lot of work to do as a team.
“We are moving towards the performance levels we would expect to be at, albeit we would like to score a few more goals.
“The games I have been involved in we have probably only hit our potential a handful of times.
“The more we can get to the peak the better it will be.
“The difficulty for us is taking what we do on the training ground – as a squad we work very hard and train very well – taking that onto the pitch and turning it into a performance.
“I do think we have got another gear to find.
“There have been games where it maybe looks like we’ve just done enough to win, albeit we have won and have not been getting beaten.
“To really stamp our mark we need to be hitting that fifth gear whether that’s by putting in a really good performance or putting a team away with a couple of goals.”
MK Dons will arrive at Molineux tomorrow for the first competitive meeting of the two clubs no doubt fiercely motivated to get the result which could push them back towards the top six.
Being up there to be shot at is a new experience for the 25-year-old Golbourne, but is one which he is enjoying.
“That’s been different for me, I have never really been in a team where there is that sort of pressure,” he says.
“With Wolves being the size that it is, it is a new experience for me.
“I think it’s a positive thing for us – teams come and bring their ‘A’ game which means we have to be equally as good if not better to win.
“It is something you have to deal with, especially at Molineux, where teams come with a free spirit and a nothing to lose kind of attitude.
“That can be quite difficult to play against.
“And then when we go away from home more often than not it is a sellout and the home fans are really fired up for it.
“It can be difficult but we have come to expect it now halfway through the season so we know what’s to come.”
He continues: “I’m thoroughly enjoying myself and it has been a brilliant move for me.
“I was a bit apprehensive about the move and dropping down a division having worked so hard to get to the Championship.
“I am positive we can get back there this season – this is a huge club where you get well looked after and the standards are a lot higher than previous places I have been at.
“That comes from the gaffer as well.
“For me personally it has been a nice little start and I have played my fair share of games.
“Hopefully I can continue to put in good performances for the remainder of the season and we can get back into the Championship.
“I believed when I signed that the tools are definitely here to go up.
“It was just a case of everyone pulling in the same direction and I think that is happening now.
“The potential that I saw is starting to come to the fore and I am really excited now.
“I think this is a club that can really go places over the next few years.”