Kenny Jackett today challenged his buoyant Wolves team to carry the club to the top of League One.
Second-placed Wolves host in-form Stevenage tomorrow before travelling to Carlisle on Tuesday in their game in hand knowing victory in both will carry them to top spot.
Leaders Leyton Orient, who are three points clear of Wolves, go to third-placed Peterborough tomorrow but neither are then in League One action until November 16 and 18 respectively.
“We don’t want to take our foot off the accelerator – and we certainly don’t want players to get any sort of complacency or get too many pats on the back – because the competition around us have had similar starts,” said the head coach.
“You can take our points total in isolation, but then if you look at the competition it makes you say, ‘come on, we need to beat Stevenage and Carlisle’.”
“You have to look at Leyton Orient, who are still above us, and Peterborough who are level, and four or five sides who are within a handful of points, which at this stage isn’t a lot.
“When I was at Swansea, we made up 10 points on Scunthorpe from February onwards.
“Scunthorpe beat us 1-0 at their place in February and they were saying ‘that’s them gone’. And it was only on the last day of the season with a win that we made up the 10 points.
“It just shows you that it can swing – there are 99 points still left to play for.”
Jackett is just relieved he isn’t boss of fellow relegated side Bristol City, who are bottom, or Nigel Clough, Sheffield United’s new chief.
“Looking at Bristol City and Sheffield United, we could be out of it, with a 20-point gap by October,” he said. “If we were down at the bottom, it would be tough to convince players and supporters that we could make up that sort of gap.”
Jackett still isn’t sure who will be at right-back tomorrow. Richard Stearman (foot) trained yesterday but there is still a slight doubt over him. Matt Doherty (hamstring) is set to miss out but midfielder Jack Price has been given the all clear after a bout of migraines.