Togetherness Within The Squad

Barry Douglas says it was nice to reap the rewards from a tough pre-season in Saturday’s win at home to Middlesbrough, but he admits it is a long campaign ahead.

Wolves host League Two Yeovil Town at Molineux on Tuesday (7:45pm) in the first round of the Carabao Cup.


The visitors arrive at Molineux on the back of an 8-2 opening day defeat to Luton Town.


Douglas believes that there is a togetherness within the squad which means that everyone has confidence in each other.


“It’s nice to reap the rewards after all the hard work and graft of being away during pre-season,” Douglas said. 


“It’s a long season and it’s only one game but we’ll take confidence from that, we’ll take the positives and we’ll go and prepare for the next game. 


“It was nice to see the stadium full and also get the three points which is the most important thing - it was a good start and it was nice to make my official debut as well.


“Of course we want to see the stadium full every week because it gives the players that backing behind them and it spurs us on. 


“For the punters, we need to keep  producing on the pitch for them to keep coming and watching and supporting us - it was nice to feel that backing behind us and see everyone there enjoying themselves. 


“Especially when times are tough, you need that push behind you and the fans can bring that. 


“Hopefully we can keep producing the goods on the pitch so the fans keep coming. 


“We know how big Middlesbrough are but we don't get ahead of ourselves - it’s the first game of the season, it’s great to get a win and kick off but it’s going to be a long campaign so  we just need to keep focussing and take each game as it comes. 


“It’s going to be a long campaign so it’s not going to be just 11 guys - we’re going to need to count on the whole squad and have confidence in each other to do well and produce results.


“Each game at a time, we’ll take it from there.”


The 27 year old was one of 11 played that signed for Wolves during the summer as he arrived from Turkish side Konyaspor. 


Douglas, who has been playing at left wing-back in Nuno Espirito Santo’s 3-4-3 formation says that the system that Wolves are playing suits his style of play.


“I’ll need a lot of recoveries - I’m looking forward to the rest of the season, we've got a big squad as well so it’s good because everyone will push each other on. 


“I think we’ll need everybody to have a successful campaign. 


“I’m very attacking-minded and the way the gaffer wants to play is perfect for me - of course I still need to get back and do the defensive side but I like to help going forward and create stuff. 


“Everyone in the team likes to play, so it’s good because we’re bouncing off each other. 


“There’ll be tough times during the campaign where it maybe won't click but we just need to keep a philosophy of playing, keeping the ball and regaining possession and I’m sure we’ll be successful. 


“You can see the quality that these guys have got, the whole team - the whole squad in fact is a very talented squad. 


“We’ll be looking on everyone to play their part for us to have a good push at it this year. 


“There’s no egos in the squad, I don't think the guys would allow it which obviously helps because we’re all there to play and fight for each other. 


“It’s early stages but you saw that on Saturday - how together everyone was and wanted to play on the same wavelength. 


“We just need to continue that and hopefully we can do well.”