Wolves expected good start to season - Richard Stearman

Wolves defender Richard Stearman
Stearman is approaching a century of appearances for Wolves

Richard Stearman insists he is not surprised that Wolves have started the season with two wins.

Wolves are one of three Premier League teams with maximum points after victories over Blackburn and Fulham.

Defender Stearman told BBC WM: "It couldn't have gone any better for us and we're all delighted but it's nothing that we didn't expect.

"Coming back in the summer, it was all geared towards getting off to a good start and we've certainly done that."

Wolves escaped relegation in the final minutes of last season and, although they lie level on points with champions Manchester United and big-spending Manchester City at the top of the Premier League, Stearman insists that the team's first objective is to reach 40 points.

"It's been a little bit strange because we're not expected to be up there so it's great for everyone involved with the club," said the 24-year-old, who has played 96 times for Wolves.

"The longer we can hang about up there, it should stand us in good stead.

"I think it took us a couple of months to hit six points last year so to get it in the first couple of games is massive for us."

The arrival of Roger Johnson from Birmingham City has seen Stearman moved to right-back in the opening two Premier League matches and he is likely to remain in that position when Wolves travel to local rivals Aston Villa on Saturday.

"The defence is a really strong area for us," added the former Leicester man. "Roger's been brilliant since he's come in.

"He's been fabulous for us, both on and off the pitch, and he's great to play alongside."

BBC WM will have live commentary of Aston Villa v Wolves on 95.6FM from 1100 BST on Saturday, 27 August.

Top Stories