Dave Edwards has challenged Wolves to match the “intensity and desire” of hosts Gillingham ahead of tonight’s televised tussle at Priestfield (7.45pm).
Wolves enjoyed an impressive 4-0 victory over Gillingham on the opening day of the season, since when the Gills have changed their manager with the experienced Peter Taylor now at the helm.
That has helped them climb the table, and with home advantage Edwards knows it will be a far different game tonight.
“It was probably our most dominant performance of the season and I’m sure now that even though they have a different manager and they will play with different tactics, the players who are still there will be out to put it right,” he says.
“Playing at their place it will be hostile and we’ve just got to match them.
“That’s the biggest thing: If we can go to places and match the intensity and desire of the home team then our quality should show.
“The gaffer goes on about it and he won’t allow us to forget it – we’re the biggest game for the opposition.
“Last Sunday against Leyton Orient at Molineux, you saw the atmosphere and that was a big game for us, but I thought we played really well, especially in the first half.
“But it’s like that for every team every week when they play us at their place.
“If we can match them then we’re halfway there because I believe we’ve got the quality over the other teams.
“That should shine through but we can’t go on the pitch being half-hearted and thinking we’re going to win the game.
“We’ve got to play ugly and win ugly and hopefully we’ll do that.”
Wolves have a string of absentees ahead of tonight’s game through injury and suspension, and Gillingham could also be fresher given their game against Stevenage on Wednesday was postponed.
But Edwards isn’t looking for any pre-match excuses.
He added: “Everyone was concerned about playing Wednesday and Friday but we thought it was a good thing because Gillingham were due to play on Wednesday and you think we’ve got the bigger squad to cope with it.
“With them not playing it probably puts them in a slightly better position, but we’ve got quality throughout the squad.
“We’ve got a lot of players to choose from and we all train well so I’m sure whoever the gaffer picks will be up for it, recovered and ready to go.
“I’m expecting it to be like Tranmere more but more of it.
“It will be tougher with a good atmosphere and they will be up for it.
“With the Sky cameras being there it gives them the incentive but we’ll dust ourselves down and prepare right for it.
“We were back in yesterday to make sure we’re ready and raring to go.”