Darlington can expect anything but an easy ride at Molineux tonight according to Wolves captain Paul Ince.

The ex-England midfielder pinpointed tonight's Carling Cup second round tie as an ideal opportunity to kick-start their disastrous start to the season.

Ince, the former Middlesbrough skipper, is in defiant mood in the wake of the Premiership newcomers' harshest introduction yet to the top flight - a 5-0 drubbing at home to Chelsea on Saturday.

Wolves, back among English football's elite after a 19-year absence, have picked up just one League point this season.

And Ince, who spent three years in the North-East with Boro before moving on a free transfer last summer, believes victory this evening would provide the ideal boost.

"It would certainly be nice to get a win after all that has happened to us so far," said Ince. "A return to winning ways would stand us in good stead for next weekend's game at Bolton."

Quakers, on the other hand, are high on confidence after extending their unbeaten run to four games following their 2-2 draw at Torquay on Saturday.

And while Dave Jones' side will provide a different kind of challenge for Quakers, manager Mick Tait can rest assured his underdogs will be giving it their all to cause an upset.

"As much as want to go down there and enjoy then game, we've got to do our jobs right and make it as difficult as we can for them," said Tait.

"We are the underdogs and we know that but it is a game of football and if we all do our jobs right then you never know.

"No-one expects us to win and if we get beat it won't be any surprise to anyone. We'll go there, do the best we can and hopefully come away with a good result."

Quakers were this morning training in the Black Country, having travelled down yesterday afternoon.

Midfielder Gary Pearson and youngster Michael Coghlan have been included in the squad.

Pearson, who missed the Torquay game through suspension is available for tonight's game and Saturday's visit of Boston United, before he serves a four-match ban.

Pint-sized Coghlan impressed in pre-season and having caught the eye for the reserves this season, earns a rare place in the first-team squad.

Tait yesterday calmed fears that winger Neil Wainwright faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

The 25-year-old was injured in the first minute at Torquay after falling awkwardly on his ankle.

Wainwright was examined by a specialist yesterday, who diagnosed no break in the injury - contrary to initial concerns that he had sustained a fracture following an X-ray on Sunday and could be sidelined for up to six weeks.

"Depending on how he responds to treatment, we hope it won't be as long as that," said Tait.

Wainwright's absence could open the door for Ian Clark tonight, who came on for the former Sunderland man, before earning Quakers a point with an equaliser at Torquay.

Former Wolves trainee Matt Clarke returns to Molineux for the first time, where he is expected to partner Barry Conlon in attack.

Jones could hand starts to Portguese midfielder Silas, Nigerian international defender Isaac Okoronkwo and ex-Arsenal defender Oleg Luzhny.

"I will be changing the team tomorrow night," he said. "And there will be players getting their opportunity.

"There will be some guys who, because of the way things have gone, do not want to take a break but want to keep going to get that touch and timing right. But there will be changes.

"Suddenly we will be the side expected to win. There won't be a full house, the atmosphere will be different.

"But the pitch is the same, the ball hasn't changed and we're still competing against 11 people," he said.

Jones has told his players heads must not drop if his side is to turn around the dismal start to the season.

''I sat down and watched the game right through, as I usually would, and generally picked through it. I can't question the players' commitment, what I can question is why they were making silly mistakes.

''We didn't do basic defending at times, and that's not individual players, I'm talking as a team. But, what I am angry about is how we helped them on their way to a resounding victory.''