Kevin McDonald today warned Wolves fans to get used to setbacks in League One this season.
Tuesday’s surprise 1-0 loss to neighbours Walsall ended Wolves’ six-match unbeaten league start in 2013-14 and a run of five straight wins in the third tier.
The Saddlers were the latest team to raise their game against Wolves and the Molineux men expect every side to be on top form against them.
McDonald knows all about the pressures of being at a big club in League One as a veteran of two near misses at promotion with Sheffield United over the last two seasons.
And he stressed the need for fans to keep perspective as there will be more defeats over a 46-game slog.
“It’s a difficult and different feeling – losing – but we’re not going to win every game this season,” said the midfielder.
“There will be defeats along the line and it will probably be the first defeat of a few.
“But all we can do is react well.”
Wolves face another derby on Saturday lunchtime when they travel to Graham Turner’s Shrewsbury and McDonald claimed victory at the Greenhous Meadow will erase the memory of the Walsall defeat for the fans.
“Our next game now is another local derby and if we put in a good performance and win there, it will all be forgotten about,” said the Scot.
“We need to show our character.
“It’s another massive game, we’ll have another big following and we’ve got to put on a good show and go there and get three points.
“It will be a tough game – here there’s a big, massive pitch to play on and you can move freely but, on Saturday it will be a smaller, and therefore tighter pitch.
“But I’m sure we’ll go there and give a good account of ourselves.
“We have to show our character at Shrewsbury.”
Meanwhile, Wolves outcast Roger Johnson today vowed to stay out of trouble at Sheffield Wednesday.
In a rare interview, the 30-year-old defender kicked off his three-month loan spell at Hillsborough by insisting he will keep his nose clean under boss Dave Jones.
“I had great times with the manager at Cardiff and he has put his faith in me again and I won’t be letting him down,” said the Wolves bad-boy.
“I’m a footballer and I just want to play football.
“The gaffer has given me the chance to come here and I’m going to take it with both hands and I’m looking forward to it.
“I know what the Championship is all about and I have massive belief I can do the business at Sheffield Wednesday.
“This is a really good move for me and when the opportunity came around, I knew it was right for me.
“I’m looking to come here and play games.
“There are 17 games I’m here for throughout the loan period and I’m just looking to doing as well as I can for the club and get myself back playing.”