Kenny Jackett today confirmed there will be no experimenting at Saturday’s final league game of the season with Carlisle – with his regular squad given their chance to put a further imprint in the record books.
Wolves have already posted several club records this season including points haul, clean sheets and successive wins, but head into the final game one shy of Charlton’s 101 which is a landmark for the third tier of English football.
Carlisle may yet also need a result for different reasons, to avoid relegation, and Jackett is also keen to send another massive Molineux audience away with optimism ahead of the return to the Sky Bet Championship.
And so as Wolves’ senior players battle away in training this week for a place in the starting eleven, the Head Coach has confirmed there will not be any major deviation from a team which has picked up 51 points from the last 20 games.
“I don’t see any tired legs out there and we’ve got a week now which is a very good recovery period,” Jackett said after Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Coventry.
“There won’t be any experimentation – it will be our best side and won’t be too far away from the 18 we have at the moment.
“That has been the case - they are the ones that have done the job.
“I made changes on Saturday to freshen things up but it was still from the same group apart from Leon Clarke with a groin injury and George Elokobi with a hamstring.
“I did move the personnel around and did feel we needed some fresh energy coming in and it did give for an opportunity for the likes of Liam McAlinden and Matt Doherty to play.
“And to play Lee Evans in a holding role in which I think he was quite impressive.
“He did well next to McDonald and has improved as the season has gone on and is showing maturity and some good signs.
“But it was basically the same group which has served us so well and now has to concentrate and finish off strongly next week.”
And Jackett has re-iterated that is has been very much a squad effort for Wolves all season long.
“You need good substitutes to be able to come on and play a part and especially when games can go either way in the last half an hour,” he said.
“You are elated when you win and desperately disappointed when you lose.
“That last half an hour is the vital period of the game and needs to be managed well.
“You need goals and a threat from the bench as well and as we go on we have to keep developing and working hard at that.
“On Saturday it was difficult to play our football.
“We want to play and we want to pass and I’m not using it as an excuse but it did affect the game.
“It wasn’t a lack of attitude or application by ourselves.
“We had good control of the game and just couldn’t get our football flowing.
“We take our point – if we can’t win we don’t get beat – and it takes us on to 100 which is a fantastic milestone.
“And now our focus goes onto next week.
“We want to make sure that we concentrate – that is our job now.
“Nothing is easy in football and if that is the challenge now then we must rise to the challenge.
“We have a week to concentrate on it and it is a big challenge.
“We want to put on a good show, we want to win, and we want to send the crowd away happy and with optimism for next year.
“We have another week’s work - after that it will be holiday but it’s not holiday yet.
“We want that record which a win will take us to and after that with a near capacity crowd we want to send out a positive message from this season going into next.”
Jackett meanwhile was pleased to see Matt Doherty enjoy a first 90 minutes since the 0-0 Molineux draw with Brentford last November.
After an excellent start to the season Doherty has been frustrated by a couple of injuries but is now back raring to go and ready to return stronger for pre-season training,
“I think it was his first 90 minutes since Brentford at home which is a long time ago,” said Jackett.
“He did play 75 at Sheffield United but it has been a frustrating two thirds of the season after an excellent first third.
“All he has to do now is really concentrate on the summer, make sure he is as physically fit as possible and then from the first day of pre-season make sure he puts his name on stamp on a first team shirt.”