Whilst clearly pleased with a points tally of 35 from the first 14 games of the season, the message from Head Coach Kenny Jackett continues to ring out loud and clear: “Don’t get carried away.”
Wolves will fulfil their game in hand from the last international ‘break’ at Carlisle tomorrow (7.45pm), and the last time that happened they suffered their only league defeat of the season at Molineux at the hands of local rivals Walsall.
Jackett expects a tough test in each and every Sky Bet League One fixture, particularly with Wolves’ status as one of the pre-season promotion favourites, and the team were again pushed close before finally emerging with three points against Stevenage on Saturday.
“It’s been good but we are a work in progress and still feel we need to keep improving to be the team we want to be,” said Jackett.
“We are pleased with where we are and the spirit and commitment of the players and we are always looking to try to improve and do better.
“In every single game we have been in with a chance of the points and that is a big achievement.
“We knew it was never going to be easy in this division and we didn’t win easily against a very well organised Stevenage side.
“We have managed to pick up results and have to keep that going.
“We can’t take anything for granted because even though it was a very good win on Saturday it certainly wasn’t comfortable for us.
“It was a different type of game for us and the last two games with Bradford and Stevenage have been strong and physical and been putting the ball into our box very well.
“It is not necessarily easy to score against them because they go deep and the power in their own 18 yard box means they are not to give goals up easily.
”It was a different type of task for us from maybe a Swindon, Crawley or Walsall but you have to overcome all of those if you want to be successful and get promoted like we hope to.
“Teams are raising their games against us but we have managed to put a good record together.
“To some degree it is a no-lose game for the opposition here who can go and express themselves and give it everything they have got.
“That is something that we knew would happen over the course of the season.”
There was praise for the midfield four in action on Saturday, who managed to overcome the pre-match loss of Kevin McDonald to a slight hamstring injury.
Lee Evans and David Davis imposed themselves in the centre, with Bakary Sako and James Henry providing their usual wing threat with an assist and goal respectively.
“Lee and David have contributed to some very good wins,” said Jackett.
“Their challenge to pass the ball out as well as competing is a big one as they progress at 19 and 22 years of old.
“You also need to put Jack Price in that who has played many games so far.
“I feel all of those players have a lot of improvement to come as well.
“Our wingplay is also a strong part of our game.
“James has made a good start and also got three goals which from a right wing position is very good.
“He has a good base now to build on because he knows he can do it here and has the chance to show his capabilities.
“He gives us another dimension down that right hand side.
“I was looking initially to see him develop a good relationship with Matt Doherty and it will be interesting to see how that develops.”
Attention after Saturday quickly turned to tomorrow night’s return to action, with the squad back in yesterday for a warm down and to focus attentions.
“We go up to Carlisle which is our game in hand and we have got to make sure we prepare properly for that,” added Jackett.
“The players were in yesterday to focus quickly on this tricky game.”