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Build On The Platform

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17:09 15th November 2013

Jackett's County call

Head Coach Kenny Jackett says Wolves will head to Notts County in focused and determined mood as they aim to continue their impressive away form.

Wolves have won five and drawn two of their seven away fixtures to date in Sky Bet League One and will be looking to move up a notch again at Meadow Lane tomorrow after sharing the spoils at Carlisle United and Oldham Athletic in the last fortnight.

"We are looking at one League defeat this season so far," said the Head Coach. "The record is good but we can’t do anything other than build on that platform.

"Our points total and the position we are in just gives us a chance to go forward and make sure we are not playing catch-up.

"The top of this League has stretched very early with teams doing well and I am pleased to say we are in there.

"But it is important we look forward and continue to work hard because I still think there are things we can improve."

The decision to fulfil the East Midlands v West Midlands fixture despite the loss of players to international squads is a positive stance from the club ahead of a weekend in which top-of-the-table rivals Leyton Orient and Peterborough United are also in action.

Leaders Orient are at home to Preston North End tomorrow and Darren Ferguson's Peterborough visit Walsall on Monday night.

Kenny is happy to have the side in action as planned but admitted that justification for giving the go-ahead can only come with a good result.

“Things can change in the time you’ve got to make the decision, so you never quite know," he added. "But there’s only one thing that will justify it - the result. And we won’t know that until afterwards.

“Whether we’d taken the decision to take this fixture now or some Tuesday in the future, you can guarantee that, by the time we get there, things wouldn’t be perfect.

“That was my thinking, so we decided to carry on and play and really focus on winning. I want the team to be able to keep functioning when and if some changes are made.

“I understand you can’t make wholesale changes but there have to be 16 or 18 players who know exactly what we’re doing and they’re of a similar standard.

“There will be opportunities for others tomorrow and we are going to need different players and different combinations along the way if we are to have a successful season.

“There will always be a key player. But, having the strongest squad and for all of that squad to dovetail, work in and know exactly what the system is with the same hunger, appetite and organisation all of the time, is what we want. Then if we make two or three changes, it won’t stop the rhythm of the team.

“To get into the top two this season looks like you’re going to have to have a very high points total, so I don’t think we’re going to be able to go through too many periods of not being competitive.”

Wolves haven't met County in the League since John de Wolf and Don Goodman made their debuts against them in the middle of 1994-95.

The crossing of the paths points towards another highly competitive game, especially as the home club are now managed by Nottingham-born Shaun Derry.

"You always have to be ready for what is coming at you," Kenny said. "All of our away games so far been a cup-tie atmosphere.

"This will be no different. It’s a new manager’s first home game and Wolves are going to play Notts County for the first time in many years.

"(Some of) those factors are a constant and we have to be ready for it and aware of it. Then we have to make sure we work hard enough to overcome it and get what we want, which is the points."

With Samuel Ricketts, Kevin Doyle and Aaron McCarey absent on international duty, Jackett must pick a new captain for tomorrow whilst Under-21 keeper Jonathan Flatt will be cover for Carl Ikeme.

Kevin McDonald is available again but Matt Doherty not, with a decision to be taken on whether the full back joins up with the Republic of Ireland Under-21 squad over the weekend.

Zeli Ismail is unavailable with a knee injury.

*A change in policy from Notts County means pay on the day is now available for Wolves fans tomorrow.  Less than 100 remaining tickets for the trip to Peterborough will go on sale to Members at 9am tomorrow (Saturday).  These will be available to personal callers and via the Ticketline on 0871 222 1877. THERE WILL BE NO FURTHER ONLINE SALES FOR THIS FIXTURE DUE TO THE REMAINING TICKETS BEING RESTRICTED VIEW AND THEREFORE A CONVERSATION REQUIRED WITH THE PURCHASER.

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