Midfielder enjoying life back in Wolves' team
Jack Price says he is feeling confident and that Wolves have freshened up under new Head Coach Paul Lambert – as they prepare for the Emirates FA Cup trip to Stoke City.
The midfielder has figured in seven of the nine games under Lambert so far, missing only two games when he was struggling with a tight hamstring.
And Price feels he is back enjoying his football and playing well having not featured for two months prior to Lambert’s arrival.
“It’s been nice to be back in the team,” he said.
“I played the gaffer’s first couple of games and then had a tight hamstring so came out for a bit but I’ve got back in for the last three and have no problems.
“I am enjoying it.
“All the lads are playing well and doing their jobs and you can see the confidence is there – going forward we are really exciting.
“As a team we need to tighten up at the back a little bit although I enjoy us winning 3-2 and I am sure the fans enjoy those games!
“But I am enjoying it, I feel I am contributing and I need to keep that going.
“The gaffer has given me a lot of confidence since he came in.
“As a player you always feel you have got it in you to play well and be part of the team but getting that support just makes you believe it a little bit more.
“I think that is showing on the pitch.
“Getting a run of games helps as well.
“I’ve played four in a row now and the more games you play the more you settle and the more confident you feel.
“Hopefully there is even more to come from me.
“I think the gaffer has come in and freshened things up and we are playing well and with a good intensity.
“Obviously it always feels different when you are playing and for me it’s great to be getting a little run in the team.
“It wasn’t so great when I wasn’t playing but I think the gaffer has just given me that extra belief which I needed having not played for a couple of months.
“It is tough at times when you are not playing but to get that opportunity again just renews your confidence.”
And Price feels there is a sense of renewed confidence throughout the squad now as Wolves head into the New Year.
“The last couple of results have been disappointing given how we played,” he says.
“We feel we should have won both games and so that is five points dropped.
“As long as the performances stay the same then we will get the right results.
“It is a shame we couldn’t do it as consistently at the start of the season because if we had you never know where we might be going into the New Year.
“We are heading in the right direction now and just want to finish as high as we can.
“It is going to be tough to reach the play-offs now given where we are.
“But our aim will be to win as many games as we can and see where it takes us.
“You never know – if you can win five or six in a row like other teams have done all of a sudden things look very different and you are amongst it.
“We know how difficult that is but we just need to focus on looking forward and trying to take as many points as we can.”
For these last four games Price has been alongside Edwards in the centre of Wolves’ midfield, allowing a front four full of skill and pace to cause problems to opposition defences.
There is certainly plenty of competition for places in the Wolves engine room, but Price has enjoyed lining up alongside his Salopian colleague!
“I think we work well together,” he says.
“Eddo loves to get forward and when he does that then I can sit in and cover.
“It must be the Salop connection!
“He is in some of the best goalscoring form of his Wolves career at the moment and I think the gaffer has brought confidence to him as well.
“We all know he can chip in with a goal but I’d probably say he is up there as our most consistent player from the start of the season.
“He is a really good player who works very hard for the team and he has that experience to help the rest of us and the younger players.
“We have got some very good central midfield players here now with different qualities and that keeps up the competition for places so we all know we have to earn our place in the team.”
Next up for Wolves is a break from league action for the trip to Premier League opposition up the M6 at the Britannia Stadium.
Lambert has suggested that he will be making changes, but Price says everyone will be wanting to make their bows in this season’s Emirates FA Cup.
“I love the FA Cup,” he says.
“I think all the lads are the same – we all want to play, but we’ll see what the gaffer decides.
“We have sold all our tickets and the atmosphere will be great and these are the games you want to be involved in.
“I’d love to be involved but it’s up to the gaffer what he does.”