Midfielder hopes for winning return to former club
Conor Coady will be hoping Wolves can repeat the away win at Huddersfield from this time last year – just without the own goal!
Coady was part of the Huddersfield side Wolves overcame 4-1 at the John Smith’s Stadium last February, and unwittingly contributed to the scoreline with an own goal – in Wolves’ favour!
Now though he is concentrating on a more orthodox method of bringing about a Wolves win as he makes his first playing return to take on the Terriers.
“I speak to the lads quite often about the two games last year,” says the midfielder.
“One of them was good from a Wolves point of view and one of them for Huddersfield!
"At Huddersfield it was one of them where I was on the near post and I glanced it in.
“I think that game could have been 11-8 – it was such an open game and both teams had so many chances.
“It was a win for Wolves in the end and we will be going there to try and emulate that result.
“It is a great club full of great people and I can’t speak highly enough of them.
“They were brilliant for me – I went there from Liverpool and then did everything they could for me.
“It will be good to go back but don’t get me wrong – we are going back to play our own game and try and win.
“I’m still good mates with a lot of the lads there and keep in contact with them but I am going there with Wolves now to try and play as well as we can and win the game.
“Huddersfield have been similar to us in being a bit inconsistent.
“They are trying to play some good football under the new manager there and when they have managed to do that they have won games.
“We need to try and go there and get involved and put a few tackles in and hopefully get on top of them.”
Wolves’ inconsistency has seen them follow up four successive wins with five games without a victory, and Coady knows it is about coming through that spell and registering a good run of results.
He acknowledges the play-offs are a tall order, but says focus has to be on picking up some victories.
“The inconsistency is something that gets to us a bit as it is there but we need to block that out and go on a run and find some consistency,” he added.
“We are a good team at a massive club and we need to start that good run with Huddersfield and then Brentford to follow.
“The lads are looking forward to it and we have to try and take the opportunity.
“You have to handle what is going on out there on the pitch and a lot of the time we make it hard for ourselves when we don’t have to.
“We need to go to Huddersfield, play our own game and try and build and improve and hopefully come away with the right result.
“With the play-offs, you have always got to keep it there in your head, as long as it is mathematically possible.
“We have seen teams do it before and nick that sixth spot plenty of times.
“For us it is no different – it is there in the back of our minds but we need to start getting a consistent run together and we need to start this weekend.”
Coady has made 24 appearances so far in his first season at Wolves, having lost his place after being sent off earlier in the season, which then saw him not included in the squad for the home game with Huddersfield.
He is confident he has learned from the experience, and is keen to continue his improvement.
“It’s been good for me so far,” adds the 22-year-old.
“Every footballer will say they want to play football and I am no different.
“Watching games is the worst thing in the world for a footballer.
“I just want to play as many games as possible and do as well as I can for this club, my team-mates and the gaffer.
“You don’t want to be sat out but when you are you can watch the games and see the lads playing in your position.
“You see what they are doing and think about how you can maybe improve on it.
“For me, it was good to see that but I am made up to be back in the team and want to stay in as long as possible.
“I was pleased to get an assist last weekend and that is something I need to improve on and do more of.
“I have spoken to the gaffer about it and I need to contribute more to that side of the game.
“I am working hard on the training pitch and want to take that into the games.
“I need to get goals as well and I am doing extra shooting sessions.
“You need one to catch right for you and then hopefully a few more will follow.”
We need to start getting a consistent run together and we need to start this weekend