Kevin McDonald has called on Wolves to continue the momentum as they kick off their Johnstone Paint’s Trophy campaign against local rivals Walsall at Molineux tonight (7.45pm).
Fresh from an impressive first full appearance in Saturday’s 3-1 win at Port Vale, McDonald is set for his cup bow in Wolves colours keen for the team to head into a spell of 12 days without a game maintaining their recent run of four successive victories.
“The fans love a local derby so I’m sure we’ll put on a good show,” said McDonald.
“You tend to find a lot of changes are made for the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy but whoever plays, you have to go out and perform.
“Whether you’re in the starting XI or not and whether it’s league or cup, a derby is a derby and whoever plays will go out and give 100 per cent.
“We’ve won four on the bounce now and the manager wants to keep it that way.
“He doesn’t want a defeat to break us down – he just wants us to continue winning, which the players do.
“Whatever 11 are out there tonight, we will all want to give a good account of ourselves.”
McDonald is still confident he has more to offer in terms of his performances, despite an impressive cameo against Crawley followed up by his 90 minutes at Vale Park.
“I was a bit scrappy in my first five, 10 minutes against Port Vale, but once I got settled on the ball, I felt composed and I was fine,” he said.
“I’ve been here for a couple of weeks and the boys have done well with some good performances, so I was delighted to get my first start.
“It was a scruffy shot – I think it just trickled over the line but any goal is a goal. I enjoyed it.
“It was a tough game from start to finish. They played very direct but I thought our defence was brilliant.
“We were under pressure in the first half and we couldn’t really get our passing game going, but when we did we managed to create chances.
“Teams are going to try to get right in our faces and I thought we dealt with it well.
“In the second half, we changed to a diamond formation and we dominated apart from the last 10 minutes.”
*Five substitutes can be named by teams in Johnstone Paint’s Trophy fixtures, with clubs able to field three as normal. There will be no extra time so if the game finishes level after 90 minutes it will be decided by a penalty shootout.