JORDAN Henderson wants Sunderland to ensure the feel-good factor returns to Wearside by beating Wolves on Saturday.
The midfielder was as elated as any of his team-mates by last weekend’s win at Bolton Wanderers, so enthusiastically celebrated with the travelling fans at the final whistle.
But he says everyone in the squad was already focused on this weekend’s game as they left the Reebok.
And Henderson insists the players fully appreciate the effect a win over Wolves would have on home fans.
He told the Echo: “We’ve been on a horrible run over the last few months and it has been as hard on the players as it has on the fans.
“But two wins in our last three games has helped a bit and the win over Bolton was a bit special, winning it the way we did with just about the last kick of the game.
“It felt fantastic celebrating afterwards because I really felt we deserved the result.
“But already the lads were talking about the Wolves game because we don’t want the Bolton game just to be a one-off. We want to take what we got out of the Bolton game and take it into the Wolves game.
“Two wins out of three has made everyone feel a little bit better, but if we make it three out of four then the picture really starts to change again.”
Henderson felt Sunderland’s game plan worked well at Bolton – the manager’s 4-5-1 formation with Henderson and young Jack Colback supporting the vastly experienced Bolo Zenden in the centre of the park allowing the Black Cats to dominate large periods of the game.
He said: “The tactics worked well and we were able to play some good football and create some good chances, so I definitely felt it was a positive performance from us.
“We’ll take a lot of heart from that, even though all the talk beforehand was of how we had no strikers to call on.
“I thought Stephane Sessegnon was outstanding on his own up front, especially in the way he worked the centre-backs.
“But there was hard work throughout the side and I think that was the key to the win. Sometimes you need a victory like that to push you on and we hopefully we can take it into the Wolves game, because we all want to finish our season on a high at home.
“We’ll have something like 40,000 fans at that game and we have to try to give them a reward for all their support this season.
“The fans were magnificent at Bolton – they made a real difference – and I’m sure they’ll be magnificent this weekend, too. So we just want to carry on where we left off at Bolton and give them a great day at the Stadium of Light.”