Skipper Samuel Ricketts says Wolves will learn the lessons from last night’s fifth defeat of the season at Crawley – and said no one ever felt the push for promotion would be straightforward.
After nine straight wins and then a draw against Shrewsbury, Wolves suffered their first defeat in two-and-a-half months at the hands of Crawley as James Henry’s goal was quickly overturned by Billy Clarke and Matt Tubbs.
The skipper echoed the views of Head Coach Kenny Jackett about Wolves failing to adapt to the tricky conditions, not to mention making some uncharacteristic defensive mistakes.
He said: “It was very frustrating; you go into every game wanting to win and we got the lead in what was a scrappy game and then uncharacteristically gave away two sloppy goals.
“We haven’t done that all season but that’s football.
“They possibly adapted to the conditions better than us but I’ve played on a lot worse pitches, such as Telford’s about 10 years ago.
“It was one of those things.
“We did the hard thing by getting in front but in the past when we’ve gone ahead, we’ve generally held on or dug in or we’ve pulled away from sides but last night was probably the first time this season where we didn’t do that.
“It was always going to be scrappy because of the conditions but unlike us as a team and as a back four, we let them back into the game and allowed them to get in front and we were playing catch-up.
“We gave them something to hold on to and to be fair to them, they defended really well.
“They played the way they wanted to play really well and did it effectively – they executed their gameplan as well as they could have done.
“You learn from it, take it on the chin and carry on.”
Wolves will return to training tomorrow to prepare for another tough test on Saturday against a Sheffield United side unbeaten in 11 games and having reached the semi finals of the FA Cup.
Ricketts says the squad will need to recover from the disappointment of last night’s result, but that sitting on top of the table, and with a three-point gap and game in hand to third placed Leyton Orient, their fate remains in their own hands.
“Of course it’s important to put it into perspective – that was only the fifth game this season we’ve lost, but we’re not unbeatable,” he added.
“No one said it was going to be easy to get promoted and we’re all bitterly disappointed.
“But if you look at the table, we’re still top, which shows what a run we’ve been on and the quality in the side that we can lose a game and still be top and to still have a game in hand on Leyton Orient in third.”