Micky Adams was part of the admiring crowd when rampant W o l v e r h a m p t o n Wanderers ran amok with such eye-catching style at Molineux on Monday night.

Tomorrow, at Highfield Road, Adams is faced with the potentially thankless task of succeeding where Ipswich Town failed and inspiring his Coventry City side to stop them.

It is a task made all the harder for Adams by the likely absence of injury-hit midfield men Stephen Hughes and Isaac Osbourne.

Despite having described Wolves' performance as 'frightening' while working as a Sky summariser at Molineux on Monday night, Sky Blues manager Adams does not entertain the idea that his team have any cause to be frightened tomorrow.

"You have to respect your opponents," said Adams. "But you should never be scared.

"They've got quality Premiership players and, as they showed the other night, if you give them time and space, they can hurt you. But fear is not a word that should come into a footballer's mind.

"We've had a chat about them," added Adams. But, he joked, most of his team would have had no cause to feel intimidated by Monday night's live performance as they'd "have been too busy watching Coronation Street".

Monday night's educational trip to the Black Country was Adams' second of the season to Molineux.

The first came back in August when his Leicester City side drew 1-1 and, he insists, were unlucky not to get more. And Coventry were more than happy to claim three points at Molineux in November, Sky Blues striker Gary McSheffrey scoring the only goal of a game deservedly.

"Basically, Wolves have the same group of players," said Adams. "But Olofinjana and Seol took time to settle, which can happen.

"If people say that Coventry have under-achieved this season, the same must be said about Wolves. They've not had the season they or their fans would have expected. But, having experienced what I did with Leicester, I can perhaps understand why.

"I certainly wouldn't want to write Wolves off for next season. They've still got parachute payments and I'd think they'd have a strong squad.

"But we're not talking about next season. Forget all the talk about them having nothing to play for. They've a lot to play for and they'll want to end this season on a high."

With so many in-form players to contend with, all bonded together by the Championship's most battlescarred of midfield generals Paul Ince, Adams is well aware of the importance of having Hughes and Osbourne fit. His only option at West Ham on Saturday was to make do and mend with old warhorse Steve Staunton in midfield - and the Sky Blues ultimately suffered by way of a 3-0 defeat.

But Staunton is expected to return to the back four tomorrow, leaving Adams hoping against hope that either Hughes or Osbourne, or both, will make it.

"Both have got to be rated doubtful," said Adams. "But we really need to give them as long as we can, right up to about 2 o'clock on Saturday afternoon. We do have contingency plans but, to be honest, those contingency plans are not that great."

Thankfully for Coventry, Wolves also have big injury doubts about Korean flier Seol Ki-Hyeon, one of their main attacking inspirations on Monday night, and 16-goal Carl Cort. Seol is touch and go with a dead leg after tangling with Ipswich's on-loan defender David Unsworth, and Cort looks like missing out with a thigh injury.