Paul Lambert has made a positive difference since arriving at Molineux.
In the last 13 Wolves games (all competitions), they have won seven drawn two and lost only four.
However, the highs and lows have been extreme.
The four defeats have included losses to QPR, Burton and Cardiff, who are all in the bottom eight.
On the other hand, Wolves have beaten Premier League sides Liverpool & Stoke both away from home in the FA Cup.
Talking ahead of the Newcastle match, Paul Lambert claims that he is still aiming for the play-offs.
Despite being in 18th place and only seven points above relegation, the Wolves boss instead thinks this recent form entitles them to look upwards at sixth place Sheffield Wednesday who are (only!) 14 points above them, though fifth place Leeds are 19 points ahead.
Whilst claims of potential promotion might be a little fanciful, those cracking FA Cup wins at Liverpool and Stoke (Mike Williamson made his comeback from injury) suggests they are dangerous opponents.
Paul Lambert predicts a ‘great atmosphere’ on Saturday and it will be interesting to see what kind of crowd turns up.
Newcastle have sold all 4,200 tickets and the highest crowd of the season so far was the 27,293 when losing 2-0 to Sheffield Wednesday back in November, whilst the last home game was a derby with 27,255 at their last home match when beating Villa 1-0. Those are still well below the current Molineux capacity of over thirty one thousand.
Not too sure about the Paul Lambert description of ‘great’ when looking forward to the home game with Wigan, sandwiched in between Newcastle’s visit and that of Chelsea in the FA Cup, on the following Saturday.
Paul Lambert speaking to the Express and Star:
“Aston Villa are one point ahead of us and I bet you they’ve still got aspirations to get in there (the play-offs) and they’ve spent an incredible amount of money.
“I’m not giving it up. We’re playing well, we look a side that’s come a long way. We’ll keep vying for it and going for it.
“You look at the gap (to mid-table) and there’s not much in it. I will always look up the table and we will see what we can do.
“I think our performances deserve more than what we’ve got, but I’ve only been here since November.
“You’ve got to have a good start to the season and there’s been a lot of upheaval here since then. So you’ve got to stabilise it and in general we’ll just go as far as we can.
“The top half isn’t far away and then you chase it from there, there’s nothing in it in the top half.
“There are some great games coming up.
“Newcastle will be a great atmosphere, Wigan will be great and then everyone’s looking to Chelsea (FA Cup).
“I think we’re playing well, albeit Saturday was one of those battling games.”