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Digging Deep

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08:36 3rd April 2014

McDonald's case for the defence

Kevin McDonald today paid tribute to the Wolves back-line for giving the attacking players the platform to play – as he acknowledged the team can “almost feel” promotion.

But the midfield playmaker knows the current situation counts for nothing – and that Wolves have to finish the job in the remaining six games if the season is to be a success.

Tuesday’s hard-fought 0-0 draw at Stevenage was Wolves’ 22nd clean sheet of the league season, and left them with a six point lead at the top of Sky Bet League One ahead of the visit of Peterborough to Molineux on Saturday (3pm)

“The number of clean sheets we have kept this season is great,” says McDonald.

“Kemes has been unbelievable in goal and then when Azza came in he did really well so we are fortunate to have two really good goalkeepers.

“The defence have done so well throughout the season and what they do gives us a platform to do what we can going forward.

“We know there is a good chance of them keeping a clean sheet back there and that helps is trying to make things happen at the other end.

“That foundation has allowed the forward players to do what they have done and has gone a long way to getting us in this position in the table.

“I enjoy playing in the position I do and I know I can drop in and pick the ball up from Danny or Stears.

“We have worked it well and I think our football has got better and better as the season has gone on and we’ve just got to keep doing it for the final three weeks.

“We’re not far away now, we can almost feel it, but that’s not enough, we have got to dig in deep to make it happen over the last six games.

“Anything can happen in football – there has been big turnarounds before – so we have just got to stick at it and see the job through.”

McDonald admits Wolves felt they could have taken all three points on Tuesday night against a Stevenage team who also boasted chances of their own.

But he believes coming away with a point was a sign of Wolves being able to “dig deep” where needed to grind out results.

“We knew it was going to be a hard game at Stevenage who were fighting for their lives,” added McDonald.

“I think they had a tactic to stop us playing and they made it tough for us but I think we dealt with it well.

“We had a few chances and could have won but at the end of the day that’s football and it’s another point closer to where we want to go.

“In a way we are disappointed because we could have got three points but it is still a good point and they all count at this stage of the season.

“It will be another hard game against Peterborough because they are a decent team.

“We just have to go again and go out and try and get three points.

“We’ve got six games left and nothing is confirmed yet but we are in a great position.

“If we can keep grinding results out between now and the end of the season then we won’t be far away.

“We had to dig in deep at Stevenage to get a point and that is what you need sometimes and we will probably need more of that until the end of the season.”

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