Captain-for-the-night Richard Stearman today insisted Wolves’ intense focus on promotion will see them bounce back from their Johnstone’s Paint Trophy exit.
Wolves have been left licking their wounds after losing 3-1 on penalties to Notts County on Tuesday.
Kenny Jackett’s side don’t play again until the League One visit of Coventry a week on Saturday after the weekend clash at Carlisle was postponed until Tuesday, November 5 due to international call-ups.
But Stearman, who was named skipper for the first time this season on Tuesday, is convinced the team will recover quickly.
“We’ve got to focus on the league now – that’s the most important thing this season and we’re looking forward to getting back into action,” said the centre-back.
“We want to win every game we play so we were disappointed to lose.
“But it does play second fiddle to the league and we’re looking forward to the Coventry game.”
Stearman admitted Wolves were outplayed in the first half then failed to show enough of a cutting edge in the second. But they kept a fourth consecutive clean sheet and have yet to concede in the first half in all 13 games this season. “We wanted to progress – we didn’t get the result we wanted and it was a disappointing night,” he said.
“Credit has to go to Notts County really – in the first half, they passed the ball well and we struggled to get close to people and stop them playing.
“In the second half we performed a lot better.”
As captain, Stearman laid flowers behind the Stan Cullis Stand goal in tribute to the late, great Peter Broadbent before the game and the Wolverhampton-born defender revealed his pride at the honour.
“It was a special moment for me and for the fans to appreciate someone who was a great player for the club,” he said. “I was very proud to have done it.”