Date: 20th December 2016 at 6:16am
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Skipper Danny Batth has called on his Wolverhampton Wanderers team mates to ensure that our performance levels against Nottingham Forest last weekend become the benchmark for the remainder of the campaign.

Travelling to the City Ground to take on Philippe Montanier’s Nottingham Forest side, Wolves took the two nil victory with goals coming from Helder Costa and Ivan Cavaleiro, and Batth felt it was certainly an improved performance from the side but whilst nobody would be getting carried away yet, there was certainly sense in making that the benchmark type of performance for the remainder of the season.

Speaking to the Official Website in his own post game press conference, our skipper also spoke about his delight at making 250 career appearances on the day.

‘It is a win and a clean sheet, and is something we have to take on now and take into our home games and start putting some results together. We don`t want to get ahead of ourselves. It is the Championship, an away game, and both team scrapping for everything. You don`t get any points if you don`t do a really professional job for 90 minutes and that is what we did on Saturday.’

He went on to say.

‘We`re not quite halfway through yet and teams know there is plenty of time to turn things around. We are one of those teams which want to kick on and climb the table. We are not getting carried away – it is a win, and it is a start. But it is how we go on from here which counts. The fans today were jubilant and really enjoyed it and we have to show more of that and impress. It is about carrying this form forward.’

With the overall performance on the day, Batth went on to say that with Nouha Dicko getting fitter and others still to return, he was confident that competition in the group – especially upfront – would see us have the firepower to continue to hurt teams in the Championship this year and address the fact that Dave Edwards remains our top scorer at the moment.

‘It is about getting some quality to those players and making sure they can influence the game. And then when they haven`t got the ball keeping hold of them and making sure they are not switching off as well. Helder and Cav are coming on brilliantly and you only have to look at the quality of the goals. There were probably more goals in the game for us as well. We know Forest have had a few injuries and a few players ill but it was up to us to go and capitalise on that.’

Adding.

‘The first goal in the Championship is massive. We have been through a period when we kept conceding first and it was giving us a mountain to climb. I am not saying we have turned the corner with that but we are making strides to do better in that respect and get into a game on an even keel and give our ball players the chance to put us ahead. The game management at 2-0 up and keeping the ball was important, and we have to make sure we are learning. We ere winning 1-0 at half time like we were at Cardiff but this time we came out and were stronger at the start of the second half. It was about making sure we dusted ourselves down and learned the lesson of what happened at Cardiff.’

As for his own achievement on the day, 250 appearances, he ended by saying that was obviously a delight before quickly turning attentions back to Wolves.

‘I am very proud and it is a nice achievement for myself and my family. Hopefully I have many more to come and many more to come at Wolves. I am still hungry to achieve more and I think anyone who has seen me train or play would see that. I am also my own biggest critic – I know if I have had a bad game and get onto myself about it. I think that is the biggest thing I have learned over the 250 games – not to get too carried away when things are going well or too low when they are not. Saturday has given us something to build on but we are not getting carried away. It is a step in the right direction.’

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