Wolves finally ended their dismal home record this week but there need to be plenty more similar performances if Stale Solbakken’s side are to be successful this season.
Almost nine months had passed since the home side were last victorious at Molineux before Tuesday when that long-standing hoodoo was finally broken.
A convincing 3-1 win over Barnsley ended the miserable run and, with Derby County arriving in the Black Country on Saturday, Wolves finally have something to build on.
It’s been a tough year for the gold and black faithful, who have watched their side lose their Premier League status and slump to their worst ever run on home soil.
Before this week they hadn’t won a home game in 2012 and with big-name players still likely to depart there was a lot of negativity. But it’s amazing what a victory can do.
Suddenly there is a fresh wave of optimism from the support and Solbakken knows that Wolves must use this to their advantage,
“I must thank the crowd for getting behind the players who have said they want to leave,” he said. “It was the first home victory of this year and that can only be a good thing for them.
“When you hadn’t won at home in 2012 and had only won one in 27, or whatever, the most important thing was always going to be getting three points.
“It can give the players some confidence in terms of what we are trying to do in training. Some of the good play was based on that, which was very satisfying.
“I still think we can do better.
“We have to do more work on the training pitch about when to keep the ball and when to go fast forward and read the climate in the game.
“It was a little bit ‘Wild West’ sometimes but that can happen in the Championship.
“We must learn to control the pace of the game a little bit better – when to slow it down and when to speed it up – and making the right decisions.
“There were periods when we were tactically a bit naïve and a little bit sloppy.
“But it’s good to have something to work on isn’t it?”