Keep the feeling going – that’s the challenge from Wolves Head Coach Kenny Jackett as the team tackle a tough test at Bristol City tomorrow (3pm).
Although only three games into the season, Wolves have benefited from a hugely positive atmosphere at the club sparked in particular by some excellent support.
The near 5,000 travelling following the team to Preston on the opening day was more than any seen in Sky Bet League One last season, whilst there was over 19,000 at Molineux for last weekend’s 4-0 victory against Gillingham.
The allocation of 2,200 also sold out earlier this week for tomorrow’s trip to Ashton Gate.
Jackett says the squad must relish that level of support and indeed any expectation it may bring, believing it is about producing performances and results to try and keep the bandwagon rolling.
“There’s a good feeling around the club and an optimistic feeling around the club,” he said.
“It needed a freshness, it needed some fresh players, perhaps some of the younger players to get a chance.
“I am very pleased with the response of the crowd and now we want to follow that up with good performances and results to try to keep that going.
“If there is a buoyancy here now that wasn’t here before then our big test - for me as head of a coaching department and for the players - is to keep that going with good performances and attacking football, definitely.
“We’ll try to pass the ball and try to attack and, as we all know, try to win games.
“Myself included we all want the chance at a club as big as this and as good as this.
“In professional football there is pressure but there is pressure at the small clubs as well.
“You don’t get any more time at a small club, at a Bury, or a Barnet necessarily.
“It might be less people that are then moaning at you but I don’t think we should be frightened of that pressure.
“We have to actually embrace it and use it and seize the opportunity that is there.”
Jackett also has no qualms about some of the younger players being able to cope with the added expectation of senior football at Wolves.
And he has re-iterated that a revitalised emphasis on youth and vigour was needed to help Wolves try and move towards better times ahead.
“Young players want to play, they want chances,” he added.
“That’s why they are here to try to get through. It is not something that we should be flippant about but we have to embrace it and use it to drive us on.
“I wasn’t here to compare anything with, so I can only perhaps judge what has gone on since I have been here but my thoughts go towards encouraging it to keep it going and driving that forward.
“That’s the test now but there’s only two league games gone.
“We want to set high standards, we want that start over ten games to be optimistic and successful, attacking, and we understand that it is not going to be a simple thing to do. But we have to set very high standards to get where we want to be.
“We should encourage and embrace it and look forward to trying to get things going early in the season if we can.
“Because if we can put those performances on and get results the crowds will follow in numbers - but most importantly passion.”