Kenny Jackett today admitted the quality of League One has surprised Wolves – but declared their excellent start has convinced him they can have a memorable season.
Wolves remain second in the table despite not playing at the weekend as they prepare to return to action with a home double-header against Swindon on Saturday, then Walsall the following Tuesday before the trip to Graham Turner’s Shrewsbury a week on Saturday.
Asked if the first five games had gone as well as he hoped, the Molineux head coach said: “We can’t be disappointed with 13 points from 15 so that’s very good.
“It gives the players and supporters belief that they can do it and we can have a good season after some disappointing ones.
“I think I know the division very well, but to some degree it’s surprised Wolves because the people around here haven’t been operating at this level as much as I have.
“But also if you’re looking at the games and the performances, it’s apparent things aren’t going to be easy for us either.
“The motivation levels of the opposition, the amount of running they’re doing late on in games, and the occasion of playing against Wolves are big things.
“Yes, we should be encouraged by the results and performances and we should also realise we’re not going to have everything our own way. Things aren’t going to be easy.”
Jackett believes many of the players Wolves are facing could perform at a higher level but just need someone to take a chance on them.
“The division has lots of players who could play higher – it’s just about getting the opportunity at the right phase of their career, and getting someone to take a chance on them,” he said.
“At the top end, clubs either look at the lower leagues or look abroad.
“That’s the difference, whereas it used to be a case of just looking in the lower leagues and that was it so there was a very steady influx.”
Wolves have been drawn at home to Notts County in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy second round. The tie will take place in the week starting October 7.
Meanwhile, former Wolves boss Stale Solbakken – now back in charge of FC Copenhagen – is under consideration for the Danish national coach’s job, the Danish FA confirmed today.