Jack Price believes the spirit and competition within the Wolves ranks will continue to drive the team on in pursuit of a successful season.
And, as Wolves prepare to welcome in-form Brentford to Molineux tomorrow (3pm), Price is confident there is still more improvement to come, despite an excellent opening points tally of 39 points from the first 16 games.
The 20-year-old has made a promising first impression on his first taste of senior football, although affected in recent weeks by migraines and illness before returning to the fold for the midweek FA Cup defeat at the hands of Oldham.
“There is so much competition in the central midfield area and when I do get the chance it really boosts my confidence,” he says.
“The gaffer has given me a chance and must feel I have taken it and am doing o-k and it’s a show of faith considering all the other good players in my position.
“That gives me the opportunity to go out and enjoy my football.
“I think there is still a lot more to come from the team, football-wise.
“We have ground out a lot of results so far which you have to do to be successful in this division – in any division actually – especially away from home.
“I certainly think there is more improvement though and that is a good sign when you consider how many points we have already got.
“If we can step it up even further then that will give us a really good chance.
“There is a great spirit in the dressing room which is helping us get these results.
“There’s a good mix of the older lads passing on their experience and us younger ones who are enjoying it and running around being vibrant and wanting to be involved.”
Price has admitted his frustration at the mygraines which have afflicted him recently, seeing him come off in the league game against Coventry and then miss out on the away success at Bradford.
Having been given the all-clear, he was pleased to return in midweek and set his sights on another regular run in the team.
“I’ve been pleased to have been playing this season and to come back into the team against Oldham on Tuesday,” he says.
“I’ve been unlucky over the last few weeks with a couple of migraines and then illness last weekend.
“It’s been a bit stop-start for me in that time but I really want to get back into it now and try and get a run of games.
“I’ve had a couple of scans regarding the migraines but have been given the all-clear and told it’s nothing to worry about – I think it’s just one of those things.
“I went off against Coventry and then had another one the day before Bradford and the gaffer didn’t risk me which was understandable.
“After that I didn’t play the week after and it was difficult to get back in with the lads doing so well but it was good to get back in against Oldham.
“It wasn’t a great performance the other night and we just never seemed to get going.
“Even when we had a bit of a rollocking at half time we couldn’t seem to step it up and that just happens sometimes – it wasn’t for the want of trying.
“Everyone was definitely giving 100 per cent and sometimes they are games like that when you keep trying harder and harder and it actually just gets worse.
“I suppose I did alright but didn’t feel it was one of my better games and I was disappointed with my performance.”
Attentions quickly turned after Tuesday to tomorrow, and the visit of the only team with a better record than Wolves in Sky Bet League One for the latest six fixtures.
Talking of records, Price believes it’s up to Wolves to put the record straight after the midweek disappointment.
“I think we let down our fans, the hardcore fans who turn up on a Tuesday night,” he added.
“But we have to move on really.
“We wanted to get through in the cup but we also know that trying to win promotion is more important.
“We need to get a result against Brentford tomorrow and I think if we can do that then people will forget about Tuesday night.
“If we do that then we go into the Tranmere game with even more confidence.
“But Brentford are going well, they won 5-0 last weekend and will be tough opposition but we definitely believe we can take three points and it would be an important result if we could.
“That would take us into Tranmere followed by another game with a team at the top of the table in Peterborough.”