Kenny Jackett today led the case for the defence after Wolves emerged from their latest wobble to continue their winning run.
Jackett’s side overcame a lacklustre first half to beat Sheffield United 2-0 thanks to goals from Leigh Griffiths and Bakary Sako.
Wolves’ seventh win in nine closed the gap on leaders Leyton Orient to three points after the Os lost their 100 per cent record with a 1-1 draw against Walsall.
And rather than criticise the first-half display, head coach Jackett led the praise for keeper Carl Ikeme, who made three saves, and his back four, who kept a second successive clean sheet.
“We defended very well, particularly in the first half when Sheffield United gave us a lot of problems,” said Jackett.
“Our defending kept us in the game with the back four and the goalkeeper looking a very solid unit.
“Then it was a very good second-half performance – we stepped it up and the goals came.
“We feel there’s still a lot of improvement to come.”
Wolves have conceded just six goals this season and Jackett believes that record has given them a solid base going forward.
“Our goals against column is looking good,” he said.
“That does give us a platform to regularly get points and that’s made a big contribution to where we are.”
Jackett also praised the fans after they stuck by the team and said he used the vocal backing from the South Bank in his half-time team talk.
“I just said ‘well defended, and now we need to improve’,” said Jackett of his words to the players at the break.
“Going towards a packed and passionate home end lifted the players and the contribution from all the fans was excellent.
“The crowd have a right to be unhappy as they want us to do well all the way through.
“If you can’t play well you have to stay in games and defend and that’s what we did in the first half.”
Jackett also felt Kevin Doyle, who replaced Bjorn Sigurdarson, was a key.
“Kevin just had more knowledge and understanding of the role and gave us a platform to play off,” he said.
“His positioning and talking made a difference.”
Jackett revealed Zeli Ismail was rested, adding: “There’s nothing wrong with Zeli.
“I felt he needed a breather. Young players do come and go in their form sometimes.”