Captain Conor Coady hailed Molineux as the noisiest ground in the Premier League as the reason behind Wolves’ ‘home sweet home’.
Saturday’s 1-0 win against Fulham made it 11 home games unbeaten in all competitions since January 7, with nine wins, including memorable victories against Liverpool, Manchester United twice and Arsenal.
After the game at the weekend, the players and their families went on a lap of appreciation to say thank you to the supporters who have helped make this such a memorable season, the first since 1949-50 where Wolves have attracted 30,000-plus to every home League game.
“We got an incredible reception from the fans and to share that moment with your kids and wife it was great,” said Coady. “I think this is the best ground in the Premier League for atmosphere – I honestly do and for the way the supporters this season have given us a platform to play on.
“It was amazing. This club means so much to the supporters and we know that as a team as well. We had to make sure we do it right for them. What they’ve done this season is immense.
“I love playing here in front of these supporters and the atmosphere they build is absolutely amazing. It’s important we make it a fortress for ourselves because it’s an important place for us. As long as we keep picking up points and doing well, that’s the most important thing.”
Prior to this current run, Wolves had lost five and won two of their previous seven encounters at Molineux. Coady believes there are several factors behind the successful turnaround at home.
“There are quite a lot of factors behind it,” he said. “I think the way the supporters make this place is absolutely incredible and it’s an incredible place to play football.
“But I think it’s also down to the mentality of the boys, the mentality of the manager in how he sets us up to play and sticking to our beliefs and making sure we stick to what we’re good at.
“And as long as we do that it can only be a good thing for us.”
Coady cannot disguise the feeling that head coach Nuno Espirito Santo is such a positive influence behind their success.
“An incredible amount of credit for what’s happened here is down to the manager,” added the skipper. “He’s an incredible character and what he’s done at this club over the last two years has been immense so he has to take a lot of credit for that.”
Nuno was presented with his honorary doctorate of sport from the University of Wolverhampton for his contribution to sport in the region before kick-off on Saturday.
Coady added: “He’s a doctor now! You can’t pull his leg because you don’t know what he might say back. So we keep it to oursleves unless he cracks the jokes!”
Coady admits Wolves players have been ‘living the dream this season’ in their first campaign in the Premier League for six years.
“It’s been a wonderful season. We all dreamed of playing in the Premier League last season,” he said. “Every single player in that dressing room has lived the dream this season, they really have.”
Coady was relieved to see Leander Dendoncker’s volley hit the net as it looked as if it might not be Wolves’ day with chances going begging.
“Yes, he deserved it. He makes those runs all day,” he said. “When you’ve got the delivery of ‘Doc’ (Matt Doherty) and what he has done this season, and how he delivers a ball, you see the angle of the ball he put in and it was a fantastic volley in at the near post.
“I thought it was going to be one of those days when we didn’t score because we’d created a few chances. But for him to get his goal I was made up for him because he’s done fantastically well this season.”
Diogo Jota went close three times, also having a shot tipped on to the bar and Coady had some sympathy for the forward.
“He causes teams problems every week – we know what he brings to this club,” he said. “I thought he was unlucky not to score but he brings so much more to the team other than scoring and we saw that again.
“Jota plays on the edge every week and Ruben (Neves) is the same, he’s always got quite a lot to say to the referee!”