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A Starting Point

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09:30 19th February 2013

Foley looking to build on clean sheet

Kevin Foley is hopeful that Wolves can build on the defensive strength they showed at Derby on Saturday as Dean Saunders takes his side to Oakwell this evening (7.45pm).
Wolves produced a strong display to keep out a Rams side that had failed to score on just one previous occasion at Pride Park all season.
Now Foley, who played alongside the newly-formed central defensive partnership of Kaspars Gorkss and Danny Batth at Derby, is hopeful that Wolves can take that resilience into tonight's crucial game against resurgent relegation rivals Barnsley.
"Hopefully we can progress from the Derby game now," Foley says. "We've kept a couple of clean sheets since the gaffer arrived - it's a starting point.
"We'd have obviously have liked to have taken the three points from Derby, but they've got a good home record and have been scoring freely so I think it's a point gained.
"I don't think they created many chances, and we didn't create as many as we would have liked either, but both teams were quite solid defensively and in the end 0-0 was probably a fair result."
That draw extended Wolves' winless streak to ten games - a run of form that is in stark contrast to that of tonight's opponents, who have won seven of their last eight games in all competitions.
That run has seen the Tykes reach the quarter-finals of the F.A Cup, as well as closing to just a point and a place behind Wolves in the league table.
"They're doing really well," Foley acknowledges. "Obviously they've had a great cup run and are on form in the league, and we're going to have to produce a really good performance to take anything from them because of the momentum they have built."
Wolves' recent run has led to an alarming slip down the division, but Foley says that the example that Barnsley have set shows just how quickly fortunes can change in the nPower Championship.
"We've been saying it for a long time to be fair - we need to get the one win to start us off and we haven't quite managed it yet," he explains.
"It's about time we changed that and got a couple of wins - that's the only way we can get ourselves back up into those mid-table positions.
"All of the teams below us are starting to win games so it's going to be very tight towards the end of the season and teams could still get dragged into it, but we want to drag ourselves out of it, starting with a good performance tonight."
One of the key figures of Barnsley's revival has been Marlon Harewood, who played alongside Foley during his brief loan spell at Wolves during the Championship-winning campaign of 2008/2009.
Foley says of the striker: "Marlon did well during the time that he was here - he helped us get promoted and he added some vital experience for us during the run-in.
"He's had a few clubs in his career but he seems to have settled in at Barnsley. A lot of us that played with him are still here and we know the threat he poses.
"He's a strong player but it's not just him, they've got plenty of threats that we'll have to be on our game to nullify." 

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