Rotherham United will have noted the reaction of Wolves manager Kenny Jackett ahead of the second-placed club’s visit to a possible full-house New York Stadium on Saturday.
It will certainly make the Millers aware that Jackett is expecting a response from his team following his criticism of their performance in the 2-0 home defeat by MK Dons last Saturday.
He said there was a lack of appetite and desire, and a shortage of enthusiasm, and that the opposition wanted it more.
“Our start to each half wasn’t right and our appetite just wasn’t there which it usually is, and we have to use this as a lesson,” said Jackett.
He appeared to particularly point the finger at two of his strike force, 12-goal top scorer Leigh Griffiths and wide man Bakary Sako. Both players were taken off at half-time.
“I didn’t feel we were closing down enough and the workrate wasn’t high enough,” he added.
“We have to start by competing and play with hunger and determination. We have to run and close down and make angles more than we did.
“There is no doubt we can play better and we have to,” he said, adding that he will make a fresh assessment before the Rotherham game... “we need the right combination on the front line.”
It all points to Jackett demanding a response in the next game and Millers boss Steve Evans will be aware of the potential backlash to his side in Saturday’s game.
For Wolves it was a second straight defeat but only their third all season. They are a point behind leaders Leyton Orient and nine in front of the sixth-placed Millers.
Rotherham will hope to have midfielder Michael O’Connor available after he returned to full training on Monday. He is set to figure in a private friendly this week.
Left back Joe Skarz, who has missed the last couple of games with a hamstring strain, is back in training, too.
The Millers say tickets are going extremely well for the Wolves game and also the Coventry home game on New Year’s Day. If the interest continues at the same rate then they could have full houses for both matches.