Wolves defender Greg Halford has backed manager Mick McCarthy to prove his critics wrong next season.
The former Sunderland boss came under fire from some supporters last month, despite steering the Black Country outfit away from relegation and ensuring Premier League football at Molineux for a third consecutive season.
Halford, who impressed during a season-long loan spell with Portsmouth last term, understands that all managers will be questioned from time to time, but believes McCarthy is the right man to take the club forward.
"Every manager is going to come under criticism when it goes down to the last game of the season to stay up, but at the end of the day we stayed up and that is all that matters really," the 26-year-old told skysports.com.
"I'm sure that the manager and everyone else at the football club are expecting us to kick on next season and progress up the table.
"Everybody says that the second season in the top flight is the hardest and most teams tend to fall at that hurdle, but we've survived it and it is now time to build on that.
"It always has been the case of trying to get as far away from the bottom three as possible so that we can start to stabilise the club as a consistent top-flight side.
"I feel that they were unlucky to be dragged into the relegation fight last season because they battered a lot of teams before giving away sloppy goals, like the Everton match at home, where Jermaine Beckford popped up and scored twice completely against the run of play.
"That seemed to be a familiar story throughout the season, with the lads unable to shut up shop at the back and grab a goal when they are dominating games.
"I think that the gaffer will address that this summer, with a few additions up front, and hopefully we will be a lot more clinical when the chances come our way."