Wolves: Derby loss will not affect us, says skipper Sam Ricketts

Wolves skipper Sam Ricketts
Last season's League One title-winning Wolves skipper Sam Ricketts was making only his second start of the season

Wolves captain Sam Ricketts has insisted his side will not be affected by Saturday's 5-0 loss at Championship leaders Derby County - the club's biggest defeat under Kenny Jackett.

A run of just two wins in nine games has seen Jackett's side slip to ninth in the Championship table.

But Ricketts told BBC WM 95.6: "We just have to take stock and learn from it.

Wolves hit for five again
Wolves' 5-0 defeat was their heaviest since losing by the same score at home to Manchester United (the third time in five games they had shipped five goals) at the tail end of their Premier League days, in March 2012

"We never said we were the finished article. The club has come such a long way we'll not let this affect us."

After winning promotion under Jackett at the first attempt in April, Wolves made a great start to life back at Championship level, losing just one of their first nine matches.

Since missing the chance to go top when they lost at home to Huddersfield Town last month, Jackett's men have gone off the boil.

But they still stand just five points off top spot - and only a point off the play-off places.

Ricketts says that, although they were under par at Derby, not enough plaudits were given to the performance of their hosts.

Wolves fan John Bray on the defeat at Derby
"It was a sobering experience, standing in the away end after Derby had ruthlessly taken us apart with a display that, for me, makes them Championship title favourites. But it was not a day for old gold and black recriminations. It was a day to remember and appreciate that Wolves have come so far under Kenny Jackett. Yes, there is a long way to go before we can contemplate Premier League football again. But when Sam Ricketts came over to us to wave an apology, we were all reminded that we follow a group of Wolves players who care, and will give promotion their best shot."

"We didn't play to what we can do and, at 1-0, we had a couple of good chances to get back in the game," he added. "But they played well and you have to give them credit. You could see why they got to the play-off final last year.

"I feel pretty down as I don't think I've ever suffered a 5-0 defeat as a player before and really I'm just disappointed for the fans.

"But these things happen. I remember Man United getting beat 5-0 at Chelsea not so long ago, and Derby were on the wrong end of one last season (a 4-1 defeat at Leicester in January) and look at them now.

"I'm sure there's things we need to work on. For all their good play, Derby scored too many of their goals from set pieces, which is disappointing."

Wolves skipper Sam Ricketts was speaking to BBC WM 95.6's Mike Taylor.

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