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Room For Improvement

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09:00 7th November 2013

Ricketts's reflections after promising start

Skipper Samuel Ricketts says Wolves will not stop trying to improve as they head into the second third of the Sky Bet League One season.

Amid disappointment at the second half performance in Tuesday’s 2-2 draw at Carlisle, staff and players are still pleased with an impressive start to the season which has seen Wolves take 36 points from the first 15 games.

Although still two adrift of Leyton Orient, Wolves have a four point cushion over third placed Peterborough.

After Saturday’s FA Cup tie at Oldham there may be a fortnight’s break from league action if the trip to Notts County is postponed due to international call-ups, but Ricketts says Wolves will continue to work hard to better themselves both individually and as a team.

“We want to keep this run going with only having lost one league game so far this season,” said Ricketts.

“We walk out on the pitch believing we can win every game even if we know they are going to be tough.

“It’s important to build a good winning mentality and even though we only picked up a point at Carlisle we have generally done that this season.

“There is something to improve on however results go.

“We have won games where perhaps we haven’t played well and are always looking to improve.

“There are areas like trying to get a second goal after we go in front and we are always looking to get better both as individuals and as a team.

“If we can do that then it should generate what we want to achieve this season.

“We know that we are expected to win games at this level and that opposition teams are raising their games against us and that is something we have dealt with and will continue to do so.

“Especially going away from home, we take a fantastic following and the teams will play raise their game and their fans are more up for it.

“I think we have dealt with that really well this year, especially with a young side, which has been pleasing.”

Tuesday’s game was only the second time this season that Wolves have conceded more than one goal, and the tally of ten conceded from 15 games still makes them the meanest defence in the division.

Ricketts, who has operated in all positions across the back line, says:  “The defence has been consistent with four from five players – Doc, Danny Batth, Richard Stearman, Scotty Golbourne and myself.

“It has been four from those five and whichever combination it has been we have been a solid unit.

“Carl behind us has been in top form and it’s not just the back four or back five who contribute to a good defensive record – it’s the whole team.

“And then we have then got matchwinners in the side further forward and when you have got those sort of players in your side it is a huge positive.

“Griff, Kevin Doyle, James Henry, Sako can all do that for us and Bjorn has done well coming off the bench and we’ve got more beyond that as well.”

And Ricketts believes the spirit within the Wolves dressing room is going to serve the club well heading into the coming weeks.

He added:  “There is a huge desire here to want to do well and achieve something, not only on an individual level but also as a team.

“Wolves is such a big club with the infrastructure here and the numbers of fans who turn up every week.

“You meet the former players and see the history and the stands being named after people and it inspires you.

“We are here to try and get the club back where we feel it belongs and that’s with a squad which has a lot of players brought through the Academy and a real desire to succeed.”

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