Matt Doherty today urged Wolves fans not to panic at the rampant start made by League One’s top two.
Wolves go into tonight’s visit of Oldham in third place, six and five points respectively behind leaders Leyton Orient and second-placed Peterborough, although they have a game in hand on both.
The start made by Kenny Jackett’s side was Wolves’ best in 64 years and the club’s second best in their history after 10 games.
Their current points total of 26 from 11 matches would put them three points clear at the top of League Two with a game in hand and third in the Championship, while in the Premier League, their points ratio is bettered only by leaders Arsenal.
In-form right-back Doherty believes the players and fans just need to keep focused on their overall objective, which is promotion back to the Championship at the first attempt.
“We’ve had a great start in terms of points and we’ve just got to stay in there and try to catch the top two,” said the 21-year-old.
“I think we’re fine where we are and if we were in any other division we’d be top or very close to it.
“It shows the competition in League One and how keen people are to get promoted.
“There’s probably the chance for us to build up a gap between the top three and the rest.
“We’ve just got to keep calm, focused and concentrate on what we’re doing because if we keep these results up we’ll be there or thereabouts at the end of the season.
“It’s still early in the season with over 30 games and over 90 points to play for and the point we got against Coventry on Saturday could end up being crucial.”
Doherty has happy memories of his last encounter with tonight’s opponents – after winning 2-1 at Boundary Park during his loan spell at Bury last season.
But he warned the higher profile stage provided by Molineux will see the Latics raise their game.
“I was part of a Bury team which won at Oldham last season,” he said.
“I’m sure they’ll be be up for playing at Molineux and they will try to play some football.
“It’s up to us to play as well as we can and if we can do that, we have a good chance of taking the points.”
Doherty is one of six Wolves ever-presents in the league so far with Carl Ikeme, Danny Batth, Sam Ricketts, Leigh Griffiths and Bjorn Sigurdarson.
And, after getting his breakthrough under Dean Saunders last February, he thanked the former Wolves boss for showing the faith to put him in the side and successor Jackett for keeping him there.
“Dean Saunders gave me my chance which I hadn’t had and I thank him for having the belief in me,” he said.
“I’ve stayed in since and I think I’ve performed OK and I’m pleased this gaffer also likes the way I play.”
Doherty has arguably been Wolves’ most consistent player this season and his marauding runs from right-back have been a regular and vital source of the team’s attacks.
And he admitted he sees attack as the best form of defence.
“It’s our natural game for myself and (left-back) Scott (Golbourne) to go forward so it’s not like we’re thinking defensively,” he added.
“If I don’t feel I’ve got forward in a game - however I’ve done defensively - I don’t really feel I’ve fully contributed.
“There are certainly two parts to a full back’s game these days and there aren’t many spaces for defensive full-backs anymore.”