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Desperate For Points


12:09 11th April 2014

Jackett ready for tough challenge

“Two teams who both need the points desperately” – that’s the pre-match view from Head Coach Kenny Jackett who is aware of the threat posed by a Crewe side fighting against relegation at Gresty Road tomorrow (3.07pm).

Depending on Rotherham’s result at home to Bradford tomorrow, victory for Wolves could either clinch promotion or take a giant step towards it.

But Jackett knows anything gained tomorrow would be a hard-earned against a Crewe team fired-up to win their own battle at the other end of the table.

“It’s still very tight down there and Crewe are in amongst that and will be fighting for their lives,” said Jackett.

“There’s an overall feeling with Shrewsbury, Crewe and Walsall that there’s a local edge to the game and it’s one that hasn’t been played for a while.

“I’m sure it will be a well-attended game and a great atmosphere.

“Crewe have a big pitch where we have to concentrate on ourselves and getting our passing game right.

“That’s going to be key and an important factor.”

Jackett expects a different test than normal from a Crewe team with more of a powerful edge than perhaps they have been known for.

“Crewe have gone a bit more direct now with some power up front,” added the Head Coach.

“The boy from Watford (Ikpeazu) has come in with Aneke and they also have Brad Inman and Byron Moore, so they have some pace and power up front which you maybe wouldn’t always associate with a Crewe side.

“We’ll pay them every respect and we’ll understand the occasion and know they’ll give it everything to get out of the bottom four.”

Meanwhile in the opposition dugout tomorrow will be a Wolves fan – Crewe boss Steve Davis - trying to prevent his boyhood team moving towards their season’s ambition.

He added: “I don’t know Steve too well but I’ve met him a few times and he seems a good guy.

“As the story goes he stood on the North Bank as a kid.

“There has been a few Wolves supporters we’ve come up against – Mark Grew at Port Vale not so long ago.

“It’s a big game for Crewe for many reasons, not just the result and the table but the local attention that will be on the game.”

Jackett should have a full complement to choose from with James Henry expected to be available following his groin injury and Matt Doherty boosted by a 60-minute runout for the Under-21s on Monday.

The Head Coach says that the minute’s silence preceding a 3.07pm kick off in memory of the fans who lost their lives in the Hillsborough tragedy 25 years ago is a “fitting tribute” to those supporters.

“It was a tragic event and it was sad that it took something like that for the football industry to learn and improve,” said Jackett.

“But it has happened since then.

“I think the silence is a fitting tribute for those who lost their lives and will be well respected by all concerned.”

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