Lambert highlights how this effect has worked in reverse since his arrival at Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Paul Lambert before the match

Wolverhampton Wanderers fans will be hoping that their club can kick on during the second half of the season.

Speaking during his pre-match press conference, Wolves boss Paul Lambert was in buoyant mood ahead of his side's clash with Aston Villa on Saturday, and highlighted how the 'new manager effect' has come to fruition since his arrival, but not in the traditional sense, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail.

The Black Country outfit currently sit in 16th spot in the Championship table, 13 points adrift of sixth placed Sheffield Wednesday, but the players and the club's fans still harbour ambitions of making the promotion play-off spots in May.

Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Paul Lambert celebrates after the matchWolverhampton Wanderers manager Paul Lambert

And Lambert shared his optimism with reporters, during his pre-match press conference, whilst making reference to how his arrival at the club in November didn't coincide with the immediate improvement of performances and results that he expected at the time, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail:

“We’re playing with so much confidence at the minute – they seem to be enjoying it. When a new manager comes in you tend to get a reaction for a couple of weeks and then things go back into a lull. Thankfully it’s going the other way. It seems to be snowballing.”

Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Paul LambertWolverhampton Wanderers manager Paul Lambert

Saturday's game will be a huge one for both Wolves and Aston Villa, as both teams look to climb the table, and close the gap on those currently occupying the top six spots.

The game kicks off at 17:30 and can be seen live on Sky Sports 1.

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