Kenny Jackett today urged Wolves to concentrate on promotion after their Johnstone’s Paint Trophy exit.
Wolves went out on penalties to Notts County – and were indebted to keeper Carl Ikeme for five fine saves just to reach the shoot-out.
Jackett made only four changes to the side that beat Colchester 3-0 on Saturday, but it was a slicker County side who progressed to the area quarter-finals.
And the head coach ordered his players to re-focus quickly on their League One campaign.
They have two important home games in the space of four days, starting with the West Midlands derby against Coventry a week on Saturday followed by a Molineux date with Oldham the following Tuesday.
“When we start again we have an absolutely vital run of games,” said the boss.
“We were disappointed to lose, but we have to put the exercise and knowledge gained to good use.
“It’s very important we pull it together very quickly and get all of our senior players back.
“We don’t like to lose. At home we want to be scoring goals and threatening the opposition’s box. “Always wanting to win is something we have to develop.”
Wolves were booed off at half-time by the 7,166 crowd after a third successive poor first-half home performance and Jackett admitted his side didn’t threaten enough.
“We didn’t do well enough in the first half to get going; we didn’t move the ball quickly enough and the full-backs didn’t join in,” he said.
“We didn’t show the cutting edge needed to win.
“Around the box we didn’t have the inventiveness, we didn’t go past people or get enough shots in.
“We didn’t do enough to affect the game and create chances when we’d got going.”
Jackett gave match practice to Kevin Foley, Ethan Ebanks-Landell and George Elokobi in a reshaped back four but an uncomfortable Elokobi was taken off at half-time.
“On paper we put out a good team, but a few players haven’t played regularly and the changes made our performance disjointed,” said Jackett. “Three changes at the back affected the understanding, but that improved.”
Meanwhile, Jackett rejected suggestions that Nottingham Forest’s pursuit of Bakary Sako was back on.
“It’s all been very quiet and nothing has happened,” he said.