Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett today insisted his young guns can cope with the pressure of being the team to beat in League One.
Jackett’s unbeaten side return from international duty tomorrow aiming for their fifth straight league win for the first time since November 2008, when Swindon are the visitors.
“Wolves are a big club, and there’s a lot of attention on us in League One,” said Jackett.
“We’ve been selected for TV games against smaller clubs because people are looking for us to trip up.
“That’s there whether we like it or not and it’s something we have to embrace.
“We have to try to work out a way of using that because it’s a fantastic attention on us and, if we can turn that into a positive, we can get where we want to be – promoted.”
Molineux is expecting to be rocking with hopes of a first 20,000-plus gate of the season for the first of a home double-header with Walsall to come on Tuesday.
Expectation creates its own pressure but Jackett believes the team can use the crowd in their favour.
“We set our standards and we have to put on a good performance for our crowd,” he said.
“We know if we put on a good performance, the crowd will get behind us and drive us on.
“We have to be good enough and determined enough to use that.
“We certainly can’t look at it negatively.
“To have our crowd is a massive positive and it’s up to us to work out a way to bring them into the game consistently.
“We can only do that with good performances but it’s not something we should ever be frightened of.”