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A Difficult Game

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13:50 7th March 2014

Jackett's respect for Saddlers

Kenny Jackett has paid tribute to the work of Walsall boss Dean Smith and assistant Richard O’Kelly ahead of tomorrow’s local derby at Walsall (3pm).

The Wolves Head Coach saw his team suffer their first league defeat of the season at home to the Saddlers back in September, and is well aware of the tough task in store at the Banks’s Stadium.

“This is a local derby and it will be a very difficult game,” said Jackett.

“Walsall are a good footballing side and I think they have been unlucky in recent games – their performances have been pretty good.

“The surface will be very good at Walsall and I am sure both teams will try and play the right way.

“They have got a settled group and a settled side and have done all season.

“Generally Dean Smith and Richard O’Kelly take young players and work with them and progress them very well.

“There is a very good education there for the young players.

“They have done very well over the last couple of seasons and just need to make that final push to get into the play-offs.

“And there will be an atmosphere to look forward to.

“It will be a big occasion and we shouldn’t be frightened of it.

“We know what is coming at us – a high motivation level of the opposition and a terrific atmosphere but it is one we should relish and look forward to.”

*Wolves have sold out of their allocation for tomorrow’s game and any Wolves fans found in the home areas will be ejected.

Walsall are producing a 100-page programme for the game, priced at £4.  Wolves content includes features with Kenny Hibbitt and John Richards.

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