Karl Henry today called for Wolves to continue their return to winning ways into the busy Christmas period of fixtures – admitting the festive schedule can sometimes prove “make or break” when it comes to the season.
Saturday’s 1-0 derby win against Blues made it back-to-back victories for Wolves after a poor previous run of no win from nine, but Henry wants that to continue over two tough away assignments at Middlesbrough and Blackpool.
The trip to the Riverside is the first of five npower Championship fixtures in a spell of 18 days, offering all clubs plenty of opportunities to pick up points.
“It is a busy time and one which can make or break your season,” says Henry.
“You can find yourselves winning four or five on the spin and jumping up the league or losing a few games and losing ground quickly.
“We knew where we were was not good enough and not where we wanted to be.
“Now we’re five points off the play-offs and have got to keep this form going.
“It’s no good doing it for one or two games – we have to keep it going for longer.
“It was important to beat Birmingham because we have been poor at home.
“You are never going to be a success in any league if your home record is poor.
“Ours has not been good enough so far and it’s nice to get something to give the fans something to shout about.
“It was a great atmosphere but the fans have been great all season and infact since all the time I have been here.
“It should be a place that teams fear coming to and even when we were in the Premier League we wanted teams to come and know they were going to get a tough time.
“It has been too easy for teams coming here so far this season but hopefully no more.”
Henry has also played down the fact that his return from suspension has co-incided with Wolves’ return to winning form, recalling that he was also involved during the sequence when the team struggling to pick up maximum points.
“It may look like that but I was involved in a lot of those games we didn’t win before!” he said.
“I’m just delighted we’re back on track.
“It was a really good performance last week at Bristol City and a good second half on Saturday.
“All the talking that we’ve done about our second half performances – finally we’ve got it right.
“The first half wasn’t really what we wanted but we managed to get it right in the second and get the win.
“We looked like scoring in the second half and that was coming on the back of scoring four last week when it could have been seven.”
What Henry’s return has certainly helped is shoring up the central midfield and allowing threatening front four of Bakary Sako, Kevin Doyle, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Björn Sigurdarson to provide a regular source of danger to the opposition defence.
“It is really positive to be creating so many chances and is very promising,” added the skipper.
“We now expect our front four to be getting goals.
“Björn Sigurdarson has got a lot of power when he gets going and has been phenomenal in the last couple of games and Sako, Doyle and Ebanks-Blake as well.
“The four of them have the capabilities of scoring a lot of goals this season and the way they are playing I think they will.
“If we can keep this up we will be right back up there.”