Bakary Sako today acknowledged he had no complaints about being dropped from the starting line-up at the turn of the year – and just quickly set about trying to return to the team.
Sako has pretty much been an ever-present when fit in his 18 months at Wolves so far, but found himself on the bench for the home games with Preston and Bristol City.
However he came off the bench to impressive effect with a goal against City, and followed up with similarly good displays against Oldham and Bradford and is now keen to stay right in the thick of the action between now and the end of the season.
Sako says: “It is always difficult for any player when you are not playing because everyone wants to play.
“I missed a couple of games but it’s all about being ready when the gaffer wants you to play and respond on the pitch.
“I’m not the type of person to moan all day about it – I just wanted to respond in the right way and when the gaffer calls on me to again do my best and try and help my team-mates.
“And now I’m back in the team I want to stay in, like anyone!
“I have played a lot of games since I joined here and I enjoy it.
“But it can sometimes be tough to play well in every single game even though that is what I try to do and what people expect.
“That is why I have to play well because I want to meet the high expectations of me.
“I know it is my job to create goals and score goals and sometimes that doesn’t happen but it is always what I am aiming for.”
Sako and Wolves have found themselves back in the top two after four successive victories, albeit with Leyton Orient in third having a game in hand.
But the winger believes the team have what it takes to stay right up there in the promotion race and continue picking up results against opponents keen to raise their game when Wolves are in town.
“I think the team are in a good position now,” he added.
“We had a few bad results and it knocked us out of the top two but we have done well lately and are back in the top two.
“That is where we know we need to be and need to make sure we are at the end of the season.
“It is a different challenge in this league especially for us because every single team we play wants to beat Wolves and every single player wants to beat Wolves.
“That can make every game difficult but we are a big club and we know that is what we have to overcome if we want to get promoted.
“With the way we have been playing I am very confident we can get promoted and I think we all trust each other to do that from the gaffer to the staff and all the squad.
“It is a simple message but we just have to keep going!
“Everywhere we play we have to keep going and stick together and get the results we need.
“It was the first time I have been relegated last season so I want to follow it up with a first promotion.
“That’s not just for me – it’s for the club and the fans to get back to where we should be.”
Sako meanwhile has been pleased to see the return of Nouha Dicko to the club – permanently this time – during the transfer window.
Not only because Dicko is another French speaker, but also because of his potential on the pitch!
“It was good to see Nouha again,” says Sako.
“Before he came back I was the only Frenchman - all the others had left!
“It was good to see him again – he is a good guy and a good player.
“He has started off very well scoring two goals in three games and making a good contribution to the team.
“The gaffer has changed the strikers around with Doyler, Griff and Bjorn going and now we have Nouha, Leon and Liam McAlinden.
“I definitely think there are plenty of goals in those strikers that will help us get promoted.”