Head Coach Kenny Jackett today insisted Wolves should not shrink away from any added expectation and instead use home advantage as a “weapon” to win more games.
An encouraging start to the campaign, including maximum Molineux points from the opening two fixtures, sees Wolves occupying second place in Sky Bet League One ahead of the visit of Swindon tomorrow (3pm).
Swindon arrive at Molineux in good form and keen to capitalise on any drop in Wolves’ standards, something Jackett has been mentioning at length to the players.
“We set our standards and we have to put on a good performance for our crowd," he says.
“We know then that if we do put on a good performance, the crowd will get behind us and drive us on and forward.
“We have to be good enough and determined enough to use that, and certainly can’t look at it negatively.
“To have the crowd we have is a massive positive and it’s up to us to work out a way to bring them into the game on a consistent basis.
“We can only do that with good performances but it’s not something we should ever be frightened of.
“It’s a tool and a weapon we can use to win more games.”
When asked about Wolves’ status as one of the pre-season favourites Jackett adds: “It’s not something we take any notice of but right from the start, Wolves are a big club in League One, and there’s a lot of attention on Wolves in League One.
“We’ve been selected for TV games against smaller clubs because people are looking for us to trip up.
“That type of thing is there whether we like it or not and it’s something we have to embrace.
“We have to try to work out a way of using that because it’s a fantastic attention on us and if we can turn that into a positive then we can get where we want to be which is getting promoted by the end of the season.”
Jackett is relishing the challenge of trying to bring long-term success to Molineux, but knows he cannot afford to think too far ahead.
Instead he believes that any lasting achievement can only be “short-term focus”.
“I don’t look too far ahead but the potential of the club is fantastic, there’s no doubt about that,” he said.
“You can see the facilities, the ground, the attendances and the potential attendances are there, but then after that, you have to look at trying to play well against Swindon.
“Once you’ve done that, then do the same against Walsall.
“We can come off the back of the international break and take these three games in terms of a training programme.
“We’ll be in on Sunday because we’re working towards Tuesday etc, etc, and then look at 10 games as a whole which is a start to the season.
“You can take it each way but the main thing is to look at Swindon and trying to win that game.
“As for any long-term vision or philosophy, you have to be very careful of your predictions and your thoughts.
“The long-term potential is there to be successful, there’s no doubt, but it’s only realised by short-term focus.”
Jackett is waiting on the fitness of skipper Sam Ricketts, who was due to return to training today having missed Wales’ fixture with Serbia on Tuesday with a knee injury.
Elsewhere George Elokobi is still absent but not too far away with his hamstring recovery and Dave Edwards is back in training.