Captain Sam Ricketts today rounded on the Wolves doubters and insisted their start to the season was “fantastic and incredible”.
Kenny Jackett’s side go into today’s visit of early strugglers Sheffield United third in League One with 19 points from their first eight games after six wins and a draw.
That’s the sixth best start in the club’s history from the same period after the promotion seasons of 1931-32, 1982-83 and 2008-09, and in the top flight in 1949-50 and 1962-63.
But it also betters the starts Wolves made when they went on to either win a title or promotion in 1923-24, 1953-54, 1957-58, 1958-59, 1966-67, 1976-77, 1987-88, 1988-89 and 2002-03.
And although several players have admitted performances can be better, skipper Ricketts is convinced their points ratio will be enough to clinch promotion.
“It’s a fantastic start – 19 points from eight games is incredible,” said the Wales international.
“If we can keep our points tally ticking over like it is, it’s more than enough. But there’s a long way to go and there will be games where we have to dig in at times and defend well.”
Jackett wants Wolves to chase down early pacesetters Leyton Orient to keep belief high, highlighting the high points totals for automatic promotion of the last decade.
But Wolves’ current ratio puts them well beyond both the 86-point average minimum it has taken to win automatic promotion from the third tier in the last 10 years, and the average 92 points that has been needed to win the title.
Ricketts insisted Wolves will only get better, saying: “Eight games in, we’re improving and getting better.
“We showed a lot of character for such a young side to see out the Shrewsbury game out comfortably once we were ahead, whereas perhaps we haven’t done so in the past. That’s something we’ve learned from and improved on.”
Ricketts believes being the pre-season favourites and a big scalp is another learning curve for them.
“In the Shrewsbury programme, their captain said it was a chance for them to make history as they hadn’t played Wolves for nearly 30 years,” he said. “That’s what it means to sides to play us.”
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