Skipper Samuel Ricketts believes the atmosphere of another derby at Shrewsbury on Saturday could be just what is needed for Wolves to bounce back from their first defeat of the season.
Tuesday’s 1-0 setback against Walsall also brought an end to a run of five successive victories, and was the first time Wolves had failed to find the net in the league since the opening day of the season.
Ricketts admits the dressing room was “hurting” in the wake of the defeat, but says those feelings will be channelled into looking for a positive outcome at the Greenhous Meadow on Saturday (1pm).
“It’s a great game to bounce back - these are games which you look forward to,” he says.
“We didn’t want to get beat but Shrewsbury is the sort of match we want – we’ll have great travelling support like we have done for all of our away games.
“We’re really itching to get back on track.
“Of course the dressing room is hurt but you’ve got to use it as a positive and use it to kick us on again.
“We weren’t playing as well as we could do before losing, but we were winning games.
“Against Walsall, we possibly played better and didn’t win.
“These things happen, but it’s just a case of carrying on doing what we’re doing, keep trying to improve and the performances will come.”
Whether new signings or otherwise, the majority of Tuesday’s team didn’t feature consistently for Wolves last season, and Ricketts is confident things will only get better the more games that go by.
“We’re going to grow as a team and, as the season goes, we’ll get stronger and better and more confident,” he added.
“We’ve had a fantastic start for such a young side but the more we play together, the better we’ll be.
“I’m sure that will show. The lads have started the season fantastically well.
“We spoke about it in the dressing room and we’re bitterly disappointed to get beat, but Shrewsbury away on Saturday is a great game to have.
“We’ll use this defeat to re-affirm a few things and nail down a few things.
“We always want to improve and we’ll get better as the season goes on, but it might be a case of taking one step back to take two steps forward.
“I’d have taken our points total after seven games before the season started, that’s for sure.”