Karl Henry and Jamie O’Hara have praised the initial impact of new Wolves boss Dean Saunders – and believe the arrival of more solid foundations will pave the way for a return to more attacking football.
Skipper Henry says the players are enjoying the extra intensity in training brought about by Saunders’ methods, while O’Hara – itching to return to the starting line-up having made positive contributions from the bench – believes Wolves are now harder to beat.
“The gaffer has shored us up – I think he’s done brilliantly in making us more solid,” says O’Hara.
“We’d have probably lost the game against Sheffield Wednesday a month ago, so in that sense he’s done great.
“He’s definitely shored us up defensively – we’re harder to beat and we’re resisting more, but we need more going forwards.
“Now we need to win games.”
Henry meanwhile has revealed the players are now coming out of training every day “absolutely knackered”, which is how they want it to be after working hard.
“I really like training every morning – it’s weird to think as a professional footballer that you don’t enjoy coming in to train, but sometimes when things aren’t going well, that’s the case,” said the skipper.
“It became hard work – not physically hard – but we’re training hard now, he’s putting us through our paces.
“I’m coming out of training every day absolutely knackered, and so are the other lads.
“But we needed that and he’s given us that kick up the backside we need and I have no doubt that the performances will come.
“So far, so good. Could we have done better? Yes. Could we have got beaten? Yes. But we’ve ground out two good results.
“We know we’re not high enough in the league and doing well enough, but we’re going in the right direction.”
Henry has certainly been impressed with the new boss over his first fortnight at the helm, and he believes he can inspire Wolves to better times ahead.
“The manager has been excellent so far in everything he’s done,” he said.
“I’ve never had a better first impression of a manager in all the managers I’ve worked under.
“He really is good.
“But to bring us back from where we were - because we really were down and players weren’t playing with confidence - takes time.
“Time will tell but all we can do is fast forward six games and see where we are then.
“He’s enthusiastic, he’s played the game at this level and a higher level and he knows what it takes to win games – he’s a winner.
“He’s competitive and he expects us to be competitive.
“He wants us to work hard and pass the ball and play with quality.
“But you can’t do everything at once.
“He’s infectious and I can see already that players are responding well to what he wants us to do and we’re enjoying coming in to train.”