Ryan Bennett believes it’s important to look at the bigger picture when addressing Wolves’ recent results and is confident the next win is just around the corner.
Wolves are without a win in two Premier League matches, following their FA Cup semi-final exit, but remain in the hunt for a top seven spot going into Wednesday’s clash with Arsenal. While Bennett was disappointed to take just a point from recent Southampton and Brighton games, the defender knows indifferent results are all par for the course in the Premier League.
On recent results
“We had a run to the semi-finals and it didn’t go well, but we beat Man United before that. People are quick to look at what happened after the semi-final because of what it was, it was a big occasion and we lost in disappointing fashion, but people expect you to coast through.
“The results haven’t been perfect, we’ve wanted more points from the last few games, but the way we’ve worked in training every day, we know what we’ve got to do to impress.
“We had a situation in the middle of the season without winning, in this league it’s going to happen, unfortunately we’ve had three results not go our way, but when you look at it, we know we can turn it around.”
On the Arsenal challenge
“When you play for a club like Arsenal, you’ve got to go for every single game and the fans demand that. We know it’s going to be a tough game, we’ve played them once this season, you know how expansive they’ll be, they’ll look to play.
“When you’re playing anyone in the top six, it’s going to be a difficult game. We’re under no illusions of how hard it’s going to be, but if we stick to our plan and play a good game we can take the points.
“They’re off the back of a bad result, but made a few changes in that game, so they might put them back in and freshen things up. Ultimately, they have quality throughout their squad, so we know on Wednesday we’ll face a tough task.”
On Wolves’ own attacking threats
“They’ve (Jota and Jimenez) been unbelievable for us. It speaks volumes with the accolades and plaudits they get, but it’s also how hard they work for the team.
“It’s alright having a luxury player who’ll get you a few goals, but ultimately for us, and the way we play, we need players who will dig in and give us both, and for how well they’ve played with the ball, they’ve worked even harder and they’ve set the tone from the front of the team.”
On the draw at Arsenal
“We’ve had a few like that this season, I know a lot of teams can say the same thing about ‘ifs and buts’, but looking at that game on balance, we had some good chances to win it. That’s going to benefit us, if we can have the same mentality and create the same openings, hopefully we can take one or two more and get the result.
“They have some individual players going forward who can hurt you at any time, you see that week to week when you see their games. As a collective unit they’re going to be strong, to be in the top six is such a difficult task, so they are strong, but they do have their frailties and hopefully we can expose them.”