Karl Henry says Wolves will be looking to build on a “massive” hat trick of league wins against Sheffield Wednesday – but has warned against anyone getting carried away.
The Wolves captain was among a number of senior players not involved in Tuesday’s 6-0 Capital One Cup defeat to European Champions Chelsea, as boss Ståle Solbakken opted to freshen his team up in the middle of a congested pack of fixtures.
But Henry and company are expected back in the fray on Saturday, when Wolves look to extend a winning streak that has so far taken in Leicester, Ipswich and Peterborough.
“At the beginning of last week we were second-bottom and we are fifth now, so we know it is early days,” he says.
“We are not getting carried away by the wins but it was a massive week for us.
“Had we have had a rotten week we would already be looking up at the top two or three and thinking we have got a mountain to climb already.
“So it was important that we stayed in touch.
“However we are not going to get carried away.
“We started appallingly against Leeds, at home against Derby it wasn’t great and away to Cardiff we were poor.
“Have we turned it? We have had a good week but there’s a long, long way to go.”
Henry admits that players always want to try and play in every game going, but equally acknowledges the need to stay fresh amid such a gruelling npower Championship schedule.
Wolves had gone through three games in six days prior to Chelsea, and Sheffield Wednesday is the first of another spell of three in seven before the next international break.
“I want to play in every game, players do,” he said.
“But it is a long season.
“We had a tough week last week and I’m fully aware that we now play Sheffield Wednesday, Palace and Blackburn - so another huge week.
“If we could maybe take six or seven points out of that nine possible, we would be going into the international break on the back of another great week.
“The League is definitely our priority.”
As captain Henry has found himself as the key link between the old and the new in terms of the managerial regimes and the new signings.
He believes an improving team spirit and Wolves winning matches will go hand-in-hand as the dressing room bonds together for a long, hard season.
“I wouldn’t say that there hasn’t been a team spirit before,” says Henry.
“I think we have survived on team spirit over the last three or four years.
“Team spirit is important, and it is easier having a team spirit when you are winning games.
“It is a bit of a Catch 22 - you get that mentality from winning games and if you are not winning games then how do you create that winning mentality?
“We have got the wins now and hopefully we can keep it going.”