Matt Doherty believes it’s now time for Wolves to “show what they are made of” in response to Tuesday’s derby defeat to Walsall – and display some “bouncebackability” at Shrewsbury on Saturday (1pm).
The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international admits it was a “massively disappointing” result against the Saddlers, but doesn’t want to let one defeat damage what had gone previously with Wolves staying unbeaten in taking 16 points from six games.
There is probably no better next game than another high profile derby at Shrewsbury, with Doherty backing Wolves to come through a test of character.
“It is only our first league defeat of the season but we’re massively disappointed with the result,” says Doherty.
“The fact it’s a local derby against Walsall and we know how the fans are going to feel makes it worse.
“So yes we’re really disappointed but it’s time now to see what the team is made of - to see if we have got that bouncebackability.
“We’re looking forward to the game on Saturday to get this out of our heads.
“It was just one of those nights against Walsall when we couldn’t really get going.
“But I still felt we did enough to get something out of the game – it felt different to Swindon when maybe we didn’t deserve anything and ended up with the win.
“I’m sure the fans would have rather got the result against Walsall but it wasn’t to be.
“We knew all along that teams would relish the chance of playing against us this season.
“Many teams will view it almost as a ‘free’ game – the expectation is on us to win and they can go out and express themselves and play with freedom.
“Walsall also played a formation which was hard to play against and although we got ourselves on top in terms of possession they got the goal from a set piece.
“It’s always horrible to lose your home games.”
Doherty says thoughts quickly turned from the disappointment of Tuesday to trying to put things right and return to winning ways in a first ever competitive visit to Greenhous Meadow on Saturday.
He added: “It is going to be a bumpy road and we always knew that – we were never going to win every game.
“But I’m confident we will still be right up there come the end of the season.
“It’s not the time to be worried after losing one game.
“We don’t want the result to have an effect on the winning momentum that we had built up which is why it is going to be important to see what our reaction is like.
“We have to show the right mental strength and courage to come through and get a result at Shrewsbury on Saturday.
“It’s no bad thing it’s another big game and another derby game.
“They are coming thick and fast at the moment and when you lose you want to play again as quickly as possible.
“We’ll be right up for the game and I am sure Shrewsbury will as well.”