Captain Sam Ricketts today insisted Wolves can’t afford any slip-ups in their bid to keep up with the League One pace-setters.
Saturday’s 3-0 win at Colchester made it eight victories from 10 games and closed the gap on unbeaten leaders Leyton Orient to a point, but Wolves are third on goals scored after Peterborough beat Preston 2-0.
Ricketts said: “It’s a fantastic start but it’s up to us to maintain it because it’s very tight up there.
“There are four sides averaging more than two points a game and another couple just one point off that tally.
“It’s clearly going to be a tough league and it’s up to us to maintain our standards and keep our run going.”
Ricketts was full of praise for his team-mates after they outplayed Colchester in arguably their most complete display of the season.
“It was a really good team performance,” he said.
“In previous games we’ve maybe had to dig in from the start and our quality has shone through later on but on Saturday we started really well.
“We expected a tough game as Colchester pass the ball well, but we did that and dominated rather than having our backs against the wall.
“We hurt them with our passing which reduced their attacking threat.
“It was a solid and comfortable performance with the two boys in the middle of the park good on the ball and they got us playing.”
David Davis had to be content with a place on the bench on his return from suspension while Dave Edwards and Lee Evans didn’t even make the 18-man squad.
“It looks good with the competition for places - that’s what we’re going to need over the season,” said Ricketts.
“David Davis has probably found himself unlucky to be out after suspension but Jack Price has done really well too.
“It gives the gaffer a dilemma but one he’d want.
“Jack followed up his performance last week with an even better one.
“We’re going to need that to be successful.”
Wolves’ renewed team spirit was summed up by the bench leaping in celebration at Carl Ikeme’s 86th-minute penalty save from Freddie Sears to ensure their third successive clean sheet, even though it was 3-0 and the game was won.
“You could see from everyone’s reaction what it meant to Carl and to the team that he kept it out,” said Ricketts.
“It showed the desire we had at both ends of the pitch.”