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Confidence Not Complacency

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12:43 28th February 2014

Jackett's pre-match call to players

Kenny Jackett has reminded his players of the fine line between confidence and complacency as they look to step up their promotion challenge against Port Vale tomorrow (3pm).

 

Wolves have posted an impressive run of six, successive wins – the latest at then table-topping Brentford last Saturday – but are still locked in a hotly contested battle for automatic promotion from Sky Bet League One.

And so Jackett will be making sure that whilst enjoying and relishing the challenge ahead the squad remain focused and grounded for what lies in store.

“There is still a third of the season left although it is going to be congested into two months,” said the Head Coach.

“With it being the final third it is very exciting as well.

“We had a great win last week and the players should take confidence from that but not complacency.

“There is a difference and a line between confidence and complacency which has to be very clear you don’t cross.

“In any case, one look at the table would dispel any type of complacency.

“As we now go into a new game it is a totally different one but is equally important.

“There is no gap at the top and all the sides up there are going very well.

“We have to keep our consistency and not sit back.

“But we should also be excited by the challenge and be looking forward to it but without any illusions about how tough it is going to be.”

And Jackett is expecting a tough test against a Port Vale side which while in the middle of the table could yet be looking upwards with a decent run.

The match between the two teams at Vale Park earlier in the season was a tight one until Wolves broke the deadlock in the second half, and a sizeable visiting contingent of fans will add to the atmosphere of a game often referred to as a Staffordshire derby.

“It was a feisty game there, and Port Vale have a lot of crossing ability -

- they put the ball into the box and get bodies in there,” said Jackett.

"And in the likes of Doug Loft, Tom Pope and Chris Lines, they have some talented individuals going forward.

"I'm sure they'll be looking to get back on a winning track to revive their play-offs hopes because they've looked well placed to break into the top six for most of the season.

"If they're looking at the gap, they're probably thinking they need to start winning soon.

"If they don't, that gap will get bigger so they'll be really hungry to make sure their season doesn't peter away.

"I don't think they'll be troubled by the bottom four - they will have enough - but they'll want to get back winning to rekindle their play-off hopes which have been realistic and have been there all season.

"I think Micky Adams is an excellent manager - he's followed up his promotion season last year with a very solid first season back in League One for Port Vale.

"They're always very competitive and always very well organised, as you'd expect from such an experienced manager who's done very well wherever he's been and whichever club he's been employed by.”

Jackett will select from the same squad with Leon Clarke not quite fit but in with a chance of being available for the trip to Walsall on Saturday week.

“We will assess it as we go but going into next week will be his fifth week out,” said Jackett.

“It’s a big thing for me to make sure that when he does come back he is 100 per cent.

“There is often a clamour to have your best players available but from my point of view there is no point players coming back if they are 70 or 80 per cent fit.

“I’m not interested in that and would rather wait the time and get somebody really firing and make sure that injury is gone for the season.”

*Fans are advised that there will be road restrictions in place around Molineux Street after tomorrow's game with Port Vale. Supporters normally using those routes will need to find alternative routes away from the stadium.

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