Lee Evans is hoping to have repaid the faith of Head Coach Kenny Jackett by marking his return to the starting line-up with a goal against Preston.
The 19-year-old midfielder made an impressive start to the season before then finding first team opportunities more limited with the likes of Dave Edwards and Jack Price coming into the fray alongside Kevin McDonald.
But Evans returned to the side for his first start since November against Preston on Saturday, and capped a good return with the second goal in the 2-0 victory.
“For the goal the ball just came back to me after the keeper saved James Henry’s shot and I gave it my best scuff ever and it just dribbled in!” he said.
“Another ref might have given a foul when I won it back in the first place but I won it and just burst into the box.
“The gaffer said myself and Edo (Dave Edwards had the licence to break through and get past their defence, which I think the pair of us did quite well.
“I think we needed a second goal because at 1-0, you never know what can happen, especially with the likes of Kevin Davies coming in for them.
“It could have been a backs-to-the-wall job so it was good to get a second goal to give us the breathing space.
“As people might have seen from the celebration, a lot of frustration came out.
“I was just so happy to be back playing again.
“It’s been 13 games since I last played so it was just nice to be back out there.
“Hopefully I repaid the gaffer's faith by playing and getting the goal.
“It’s been a long time out – I think the last time I played was against Oldham in the FA Cup so it’s been a frustrating time.
“It’s been hard, especially with the team on a bit of a bad run results-wise so it was good to get the win against a good team like Preston.”
It’s a year since Evans first arrived at Wolves and it has been a fairly meteoric rise from non-league with Newport – prior to their promotion – into the first team set-up at Molineux.
Whilst hoping to secure a long-term place in the starting line-up, he admits that – providing it was in line with the Head Coach’s wishes – it might have been a case of considering some football on loan if a chance hadn’t materialised so as not to halt any progression.
Evans adds: “Every player wants to play football – that’s what I’m here for, to play for the club.
“I was thinking if I continued not getting a kick, I’d have to go elsewhere like Zeli Ismail and Michael Ihiekwe, just to get some football.
“But to be fair to the gaffer, he said I’ve always been in his plans and I’ve been close to playing a few times.
“It was just nice for him to give me the nod on Saturday.
“At the end of the day, I just want to play football, and for Wolves.
“But if I wasn’t getting the chance, then I needed to play football.
“I was just happy to get out there and play and score.
“My goal ratio isn’t bad and so is my win ratio from the starts I’ve had so hopefully it all comes together for me now.”