Jack Price convinced Wolves' fortunes will turn
Jack Price is convinced that confidence-shy Wolves will soon turn the corner and start climbing the table.
Wolves are winless in nine and head to London to face QPR tomorrow knowing defeat will drop into the relegation zone.
Price admitted confidence was an issue among the players. But he has no doubts that once that next win comes, Wolves can go on a run of good results.
"Getting that first win could be crucial," he said.
"I feel we're going to turn a corner and that when we do we'll go on a bit of a run. The spirits are still high.
"We've got to stick to the basics, working hard and trying to stay tight as a unit and tougher to beat. If you keep a clean sheet you've got a chance of picking up a win.
"Maybe with some of the players it might be confidence. I feel if we can get the first goal that'll help drive the team on more. If you're conceding the first goal every week it's hard to keep turning it around.
"As soon as that first goal went in (against Sheffield Wednesday) you could sense with the players it was a bit of a confidence thing.
"We're aiming to get that win that we all want to badly at the moment. If we keep working hard it will come."
Price was left out in the cold by previous boss Walter Zenga, who dropped him after the 4-0 defeat to Barnsley in September and never used him again.
Paul Lambert has restored the 23-year-old to the XI and his delight at being back involved is clear.
What does the new boss want to see from Price? "He just wants to see that drive and leadership that I can show.
"Just that spirit to get the team going and show that quality when I can. I could do a bit more going forward but I suppose my job in the team is to help keep those clean sheets, help the back four, put some tackles in, drive the team forward and get the crowd behind us.
"I feel I'm not doing too badly. But every week I can improve."
Did Zenga explain why he had left Price out of the team? "He didn't really explain," the midfielder said. "It's difficult for him because he had a squad of 25 and had to leave six or seven out. I understood that but at the same time you still want to know why you're not playing.
"It was tough. Gaffers have different opinions of players and maybe it wasn't the right opinion he had of me. That's football. Sometimes your face doesn't fit.
"I just kept working hard and kept fit. It was hard. Personally you want to play every week and if you're not on the bench it's hard to keep your head, but I stayed professional."
After £14million was spent last summer Wolves were expected to be far higher up the table.
Price knows the results haven't been good enough – but dismissed any notion of pressure being an issue. And he certainly doesn't believe Wolves will be at risk of relegation.
"Personally I don't feel it'll go down that route," he said. "A couple of wins and we'll be climbing up the league.
"I feel we've got enough quality, from the 11 or the 18 and players that are still coming back.
"There's pressure on every game and not winning in nine does put pressure on the team – but that's what we're in this job for. You've got to expect that pressure.
"Every time you wear a Wolves shirt there's pressure on you.
"Obviously the fans are passionate at Wolves and want to see the team doing well. They're obviously hurting and the players are as well. They come in after a game and you'll have a bit of an argument with someone because everyone's hurting. But we've got to stick together."
And for the here and now it's that old cliché of taking one game at a time.
Price said: "We can't look past Christmas really. We're just focusing on QPR and getting those three points."