Kenny Jackett today defended Wolves fans after Coventry boss Steve Pressley suggested the Molineux masses could turn against their own team tomorrow.
Jackett’s side return home after a two-week break from League One fixtures in front of their biggest crowd this season, boosted by Wolves’ best start for 64 years and a 3,400-strong travelling army of Sky Blues fans. Pressley believes by frustrating the home team early on, Wolves fans could turn “negative”.
“We’ve watched a number of Wolverhampton’s games and their performances have been better on the road than at home,” said the Scot.
“The opening period will be crucial because if they get a head of steam up and in front, their supporters can be vital. But if we frustrate them and dictate the game in the early periods then the supporters can create a negative response.”
Wolves head coach Jackett said: “Our home support has been very good. They have linked very well with the players and, at times, the supporters have got us over the line to win games.
“That’s been a vital component to a pleasing start.”
Wolves’ 10-game start of eight wins and a draw is the second best in the club’s history and best since 1949-50 when Stan Cullis’s side won eight and drew two.
“We’ve given ourselves something to build on,” said Jackett. “That should give our players and crowd confidence that they can get back into the Championship at the first attempt.”
Coventry are taking large numbers to away games with supporters boycotting home matches at Northampton after the club entered administration over rent arrears at the Ricoh Arena, forcing them to leave.
Jackett feels for Coventry’s fans who have protested outside Sixfields.
“Seeing a good number stay outside while the match is on shows you how deep the feeling is,” he said.