Kenny Jackett today defended Wolves fans’ right to criticise but insisted supporters will back his team providing they succeed on the pitch.
The Molineux head coach takes his squad to Shrewsbury tomorrow for their second derby in five days facing his first waves of unrest since he took charge in the summer.
Two below-par performances at home culminated in Tuesday’s first defeat of the season, against Walsall.
“Football supporters are pretty positive on the whole,” he said. “When you lose and things aren’t going well, they tend to be critical, but that’s their right. We can’t do anything about the Walsall game other than learn from it. But we can try to put it to good use in terms of our improvement.
“And if we start well tomorrow, play well and put on a winning performance, every single supporter will be with us all of the time from the start of the game. That’s all we ask.”
Jackett added: “Criticism isn’t something I like or want because generally it means you have lost a game or games.
“But if you’re honest with yourself – and I am –with my team selection, my substitutes and my preparation of the team, that’s the only way you improve and learn for the future.”
Jackett revealed for the first time where he thought the recent problems lay.
“We had forwards on Tuesday night that didn’t necessarily do enough with a lot of the ball – they didn’t really fire,” he said.
“There’s also a lack of service from central midfield and with the ball being transferred through there to the forwards, so there are a number of things we’re looking to improve.”