Michael Gray says Wolverhampton Wanderers owe their fans a good home performance and they will be determined to deliver an early Christmas present tomorrow against Leicester City.
The 33-year-old left back said no one has been more disappointed than the players over recent results but believes there is more than enough quality in the squad for Wolves to bounce back to winning ways against a Leicester side that is rock-bottom in the current form table.
There is also the added incentive of showing the nation that Wolves still have plenty of bite as the game is live on Sky TV (kick off 5.20pm). The last time Wolves were at home it was also televised and ended in disappointment as they were beaten 3-2 by Burnley just two weeks ago.
"I suppose we do owe the fans a performance at home," said Gray. "We have been a bit disappointed ourselves not to get the performances or the results that we wanted recently.
"The effort has always been there and it is not as if we turn up to make mistakes. Sometimes it happens, sometimes you have a little blip and it is how you bounce back from it that matters."
Despite Leicester's lowly position in the league - they have won just one of their last 11 games - Gray is expecting the Foxes to encapsulate the spirit of new manager Ian Holloway and present a stern test for Wolves.
"From when we played Leicester away earlier this season we know they are a tough outfit," Gray said. "We put in a good performance to get a 0-0 draw so we will be expecting the same kind of performance from them and it will be up to us, as the home side, to break them down.
"Ian Holloway is a character and when we played Plymouth earlier in the season they showed his typical grit and determination. We know what kind of football he plays and we are certainly working on how they have been playing."
There will be little respite for Wolves after Saturday as they hit the road for consecutive away trips to Hull City on Boxing Day and then Norwich City on December 29.
Gray expects the strength of the squad will be tested to the full over the coming weeks as the heavy schedule takes it toll.
"That is why we have a big squad of players and I am sure it will be used," he said. "It is up to the lads coming in to give it their best shot.
"It seems every team we are playing at the moment seems to be coming into a little form. Norwich have vastly improved since Glenn Roeder took over."
Wolves' only injury doubts for the game are defender Jody Craddock, who has a groin problem, and midfielder Michael Kightly, who is still struggling with an ankle injury.