Man-of-the-match Kevin Foley is happy to hear his name ringing round the terraces at Molineux but is not going to let that deflect his focus from the next game and then the game after that.

The Wolverhampton Wanderers full back made one and scored one, his second for the club, in the 2-0 defeat at home to Barnsley on Saturday, which brought praise from manager Mick McCarthy and homage from 22,000 fans.

The 24-year-old Irishman said: “There’s nothing better than the crowd singing your name and I love it. It’s the best feeling in the world apart from scoring!

“But it’s not about individuals or who’s scoring, it’s about the whole team working hard whether it’s 11 or 14 players. If we’re not doing that then you’re not going to get the rewards because it’s a squad game and we are a good squad.”

That victory opened up a six-point gap at the top of the Championship as Birmingham City went down 1-0 to a last minute goal at Preston North End to leave Reading, who won 2-0 at Norwich, breathing down their neck.

Foley said: “We all had our private ambitions before the season started and after a poor result at QPR (Wolves lost 1-0) it was just good to get the wins and clean sheets against Derby and Barnsley. The lads are all delighted and it’s just great to be part of that right now.”

Wolves travel to next to bottom Doncaster Rovers on Saturday and then have a Boxing Day home clash with Sheffield United.

Doncaster might be four points from safety but they have only lost four games at home. Although they have only managed to score four goals in 11 attempts at Keepmoat Stadium, they have only conceded seven which gives them the joint best home defence in the league.

Foley said: “We’ve just got to worry about our own performances and results, and not worry about who else is winning, losing and drawing. We’ve just got to do as well as we can and show the sort of consistency we’ve had so far.”