Kenny Jackett has challenged Wolves to find their “cutting edge” against Fulham as he prepares for a “great game” under the lights at Craven Cottage (8pm).
Wolves have picked up a win and a defeat from two tight Sky Bet Championship tussles so far, and now head to West London to tackle a Fulham side keen to get their own campaign off and running after starting with two defeats.
For Jackett, it’s an exciting prospect, and one he feels his team will relish, ahead of Saturday’s game with another of the relegated teams in Cardiff.
“I understand from the Premier League days that Wolves have been to Fulham in recent years but it’s a long time since I have been there and I am looking forward to it – Wednesday night at Craven Cottage should be a great game,” he said.
“Fulham are a good side and, like Norwich, they will be pretty slick and fluent on the ball.
“Every time you play top class sides they bring that and I think they’ll have that.
“Generally this division has got a reputation for being very tight, close games, not much between the teams.
“That has been proved right in both of ours so far.
“Whether that will be the case for us this week against two sides who have come out of the Premier League will be interesting.
“Both have made a statement of intent by making big signings and spending a considerable amount of their parachute money but also everybody knows it won’t necessarily be easy for them as they go through the season.
“For us though we will get through August and September and use that as the yardstick rather than any one individual game.
“So far for us there are many things we are doing right, and we have to continue with those, but we have to find that cutting edge.”
And while Fulham have started their league campaign with successive defeats against Ipswich and Millwall, Jackett doesn’t expect that situation to continue for long given the quality at their disposal, including a group of young players who reached the FA Youth Cup final last season.
“Fulham are just trying to find the right blend of youth and experience,” says Jackett.
“They had an outstanding season last year with an FA Youth Cup final appearance against Chelsea and you can see now that those players are coming through.
“What you must say is that they have a lot of talent at their disposal and have a lot of their ability in their side whoever plays.”
With no fresh injury worries Jackett says he will select from the same 19 players who have been in the matchday squad for the first three games of the season.
Tommy Rowe came through 45 minutes for the Under-21s against West Bromwich Albion, and may feature in a behind-closed-doors practice match later in the week to continue to build up his fitness levels.
“We’re just going to see if we can get another game later in the week for Tommy to play 90 minutes,” said Jackett.
“He’s fine now after getting over that foot injury and getting match fit is his next stage.”
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