James Henry wants to be a part of Wolves history tonight. Having scored in the last three games, the on-loan Millwall winger is keen to contribute at Carlisle in what Kenny Jackett’s side hope is a sixth consecutive away victory.
It would, of course, be an achievement slightly compromised by taking place in the third tier – but never before have Wolves won on the road six times in a row. They equalled the record they achieved in 1938, 1962, 1980 and 2001 at Bradford a week last Saturday.
And with 18th-placed Carlisle having the third worst home record in League One – four defeats at Brunton Park already this season and 15 goals conceded – there must be a chance.
Some history at the ground is on their side too, with Tony Evans’ lone strike in April 1985 ending a club record 19 games without success while Wolves have won on their last three trips to Carlisle without conceding a goal.
Henry wants to do it for the fans, with up to 1,500 gold and black loyalists taking advantage of free coach travel to make the 362-mile round trip.
“It would be great if we could get the record, especially for the loyal fans who will make their way up there to Carlisle because it’s not the nicest of journeys,” said Henry.
“We want to repay the fans by bringing all three points back.”
Victory would also see Wolves go level on points with leaders Leyton Orient, although it would take one of landslide proportions – by six goals – for them to go top.
But Henry is only concerned with Wolves keeping the pressure on. “We’ll just keep chipping away at it and keep worrying about ourselves,” he said. “We’re going into every game thinking we can win and we deal with the other teams’ results as they come in.”
Henry has earned five man-of-the-match awards in his six Wolves appearances so far.
But he stressed his performance is secondary to the team display. “I’m very happy here – but I just can’t afford to rest on my laurels,” he said.
“I just want to do a combination of both creating and scoring, really.
“It’s not about individuals – we’re a team and we’ve been fantastic, especially in the last couple of weeks.
“We’ve got to keep that going and I’m sure we will.”
Henry’s loan will become a £250,000 permanent switch in January – providing he continues to impress.
And the former Reading wideman just wants to let his football do the talking.
“I hope so,” he said. “I’ve just got to keep playing well and keep putting in the performances so something happens.
“I’m sure something will get sorted. It’s up to both parties to decide that, but I’ve just got to worry about my own performances and the team’s performances.
“I’m enjoying my time here and this is where I want to play my football at the moment.”
Early impressions suggest the modest fee looks like an excellent piece of business.
“It depends what you determine a bargain – but possibly!” he said.
“I’ve set my own standard and so has the team so we’ll just keep pulling in the right direction so we can get one of those top two spots.”
Despite scoring in the last three games, Henry believes there is still more to come.
“Yes, possibly, although it’s hard to say that after scoring three goals in three games!” he said.
“But I’m sure as the season goes on there will be different parts of my game people will see.”
And he has targeted one area of his game to improve.
“It’s been a while since I scored from a free-kick, so I’m disappointed with that stat,” he added. “Hopefully a free-kick will go in soon.”