Set-piece specialist Bakary Sako has revealed it was partly anger which drove him to fire the winner against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday – as he continues to revel in life at Molineux.
The mercurial winger has already made quite an impression since arriving at Wolves with three long range strikes in six appearances, the most recent from a twice-taken free kick against the Owls at the weekend.
The impressive finish followed a yellow card brandished by the referee after Sako, egged on by Wolves fans behind the goal, tried a cheeky first effort before the whistle had gone.
“I was very happy with Saturday because I scored my third goal but more importantly the team won the game,” says Sako.
“I didn’t realise what was happening with the free kick.
“The referee gave me a yellow card, and I was angry, so after that I said I was going to score.
“I thought I could take it quickly.
“I saw a supporter behind the goal and he was telling me, ‘shoot, shoot!’
“So I did! At least it all turned out ok in the end.”
Boss Ståle Solbakken has revealed he has had a chat with Sako about his penchant to slow the game down in the second half as he did on Saturday, believing he has it in his locker to continuing putting pressure on opposition defences.
The former St Etienne winger admits that the players will sometimes feel tired amid the current fixture glut of npower Championship football, but is loving life at his new club where team spirit is improving all the time.
“Sometimes you can feel tired but it’s ok and is the same for all the teams and all the players,” he says.
“We will get used to that.
“And I think it is always easier when you win games.
“I feel good here and in this team.
“We have started to have a good team now and are doing well together and I’m enjoying it.
“The team spirit is good and I hope we are going to get better and better.”
Sako has enjoyed the reception he has received from the Wolves fans so far, as the Molineux faithful prepare for another home fixture against equally in-form Crystal Palace tonight (7.45pm).
And he believes new signings such as himself are merely adding to the talent already on show in the Wolves squad.
“It is positive the reaction I have had from the supporters,” he says.
“I hope I can score more goals and make more assists to help the team.
“All of the new signings are trying to bring something different and positive for the team.
“But that’s not just us – it’s the players who have already been here as well.
“We are all working together to try and win games and have a successful season.”