Danny Batth will always be appreciative of the opportunity for a first taste of senior football enjoyed during a loan spell with tonight’s opponents Colchester United (7.45pm kick off).
But tonight at Molineux his focus is on one thing only – trying to help Wolves to another vital three points.
Batth enjoyed his first run of senior football whilst with the U’s during the 2009/10 League One campaign, making 18 appearances and scoring one goal, a winner against Oldham.
Now though it is all about Wolves, where he is enjoying an impressive breakthrough season and heads into tonight’s contest as one of the key figures behind the team’s success so far.
“Colchester gave me an opportunity and my first taste of football,” says the 23-year-old.
“It gave me the chance to learn from a young age what it is all about and I appreciated the opportunity.
“But on Tuesday night all I can think about is trying to get three points for Wolves.
“It will be a tough game but we want to build on the Sheffield United performance and pick up another win.
“We just have to keep focused and keep our heads on the job to make sure we go out and get the right result.
“We need to keep going and keep picking up the results which our fans want to see.
“They were great again at Sheffield United and it showed again how much support we have had throughout the season.
“We’re into the last nine games of the season but it’s still very tight up there and can change very quickly so we need to make sure we continue to put in the right performances and pick up results.”
That game at Sheffield United saw Batth, who enjoyed further successful loans on the other side of the Steel City with Sheffield Wednesday after Colchester, captain Wolves to what was an impressive 2-0 win.
And that was the perfect response to a home draw against Shrewsbury followed by a disappointing fifth defeat of the season at Crawley.
“I always enjoy being captain,” says Batth.
“Sam (Ricketts) has still got a big influence particularly with him being in the squad but if he’s not on the pitch I am delighted to have the responsibility and it’s something I am very proud of.
“I thought we responded really well at Sheffield United after the previous two results.
“It shows the spirit of the lads particularly to go somewhere at a club which were unbeaten in 11 games in all competitions and get a good win.
“It shows how far we have come and the strength of character within the squad.
“United are a tricky side with the way they line up and the movement they have got I thought we concentrated really well and it paid off in the end.
“We stuck together and battled through in the times when we needed to and came away with the result.”
It remains very tight at the top of Sky Bet League One with Batth and Wolves knowing they cannot afford any drop in standards between now and May 3rd.
What also augurs well is that Head Coach Kenny Jackett was able to call on the strength of the squad for Saturday, his four changes not affecting the rhythm of the team as they returned to winning ways.
“All the lads that came in did really well and contributed to the win,” says Batth.
“That shows the positive effect within the squad and the belief we’ve all got in each other to be able to come in and do a good job when called upon.
“Football is a funny game and you have to pick up points when you can.
“Off the back of a Crawley away game we needed to go and get something at Sheffield United and managed to take advantage of that opportunity.”