Lee Evans today warned Wolves against repeating their Walsall woes when they face Carlisle tonight.
Kenny Jackett’s side make the long trip up the M6 knowing victory will take them level on points with League One leaders Leyton Orient.
For Wolves, it’s their game in hand on the top clubs, but the last time they had a re-arranged match, against neighbours Walsall, they ended up suffering a shock 1-0 defeat to the Saddlers.
That has been their only defeat in the league this season. Since then, Wolves have proved the setback was only a minor blip as they have embarked on a seven-match unbeaten league run with six wins.
“It’s our game in hand on the teams around us and we don’t want any repeat of the last time we were in this situation against Walsall,” said Evans.
“We’ll have to play well to win and we’ll not be taking anything lightly. It’s one of the longer journeys but we can’t have any excuses – we’ve had the perfect preparation and have just got to do the business.”
Evans also wants to reward the travelling faithful with up to 1,500 Wolves fans making the 360-mile round trip, many taking advantage of the club’s decision to allow free coach travel for the first time.
“We have to make sure we’re right on our game, not only for us but also for all the fans travelling up there,” said the 19-year-old midfielder. “It’s a long way to go on a Tuesday night and it’s a massive credit to everyone travelling, so it’s up to us to put on a performance and make sure they’re all happy on their way home.”
Evans is hoping for better luck after the last trip to Bradford. He was substituted after just 24 minutes in a tactical switch for Kevin Doyle that helped turn the game Wolves’ way as they went on to win 2-1.
“I don’t think words can describe how you feel when you see your number go up after 25 minutes and you’re walking off,” he said.
“But the gaffer told me it was nothing to do with me and he felt tactically he needed to change it after the start of the game.
“When I got my chance against Stevenage I wanted to prove why I should be in the team and hopefully I did that with a half-decent performance.”