Strong and powerful

Lambert highlights importance of player/fan alliance

Paul Lambert says a strong connection between Wolves players and supporters will be crucial if the team are to enjoy some long-term success.

The recent improvement in performances and results has led to some great post-match scenes, not least after 4,600 travelling fans basked in the glory of Saturday’s win at Stoke.

This Saturday’s visit of Midlands rivals Aston Villa (5.30pm) could see a challenge to the current largest home gate of the season – the 27, 293 who turned up for the visit of Sheffield Wednesday – and Lambert believes the level and expectation of support has to be viewed as a positive.

"Without a doubt the passionate fanbase drives you on – it’s a powerful thing,” says Lambert.

"When you have what we have it’s an incredible help - people underestimate how much a fanbase helps a team.

"On Saturday (at Stoke) it was absolutely brilliant.

“And the scenes after with the Icelandic clap thing.

"There seems to be something really good happening, albeit with small steps, and a feeling of us going in the right direction.

"That relationship is important at any club, even more so here with a big fanbase.

"You can see it and sense it, that the players and supporters are bouncing off each other.

"That’s a great thing to have and a strong and powerful thing to have.

"The way the lads are playing it’s generating that.

"The noise was incredible on Saturday and it has been at home as well.

"The players and fans seem to be unified."

Fans have also been enjoying seeing the club’s younger players handed opportunities under Lambert, most recently 16-year-old Morgan Gibbs White, coming off the bench at Stoke to become the first player born this Millennium to represent the club.

"I had the belief in him,” Lambert explains.

"People said it was a big call, or brave, that I put him on at 1-0 up with half an hour to go.

“But it wasn't gut instinct. If you make a decision on gut instinct it can be dangerous.

"I’ve seen him long enough to know he could go in and handle the occasion. “He may have been nervous, but on the outside he didn’t show it.

"He didn’t look out of place and he did really well. It’s great for the future of the club and it’s great for him.

"I had Matty Phillips at Wycombe who was 17, and I had young Corey Smith at Norwich who did great.

"That whole thing, if you’re good enough then to me it doesn’t matter how old you are.

"He plays without fear, does Morgan. He goes by people really easily, similar to Bright Enobakhare, he’s that type of player.

"He can make things happen in the last third of the pitch and that’s where your creative ones have to do that.”

“And he can play – he wasn’t just to make up the numbers. I’ve got enough players to do that."