Keep your focus – that’s the pre-match message from Head Coach Kenny Jackett as Wolves kick off their final six games of the season at home to Peterborough tomorrow (3pm).
Wolves have a six point gap to Brentford in second – although the Bees have a game in hand – and a further lead over Leyton Orient and Rotherham.
But Jackett is not allowing anyone to look too forward and instead concentrate purely and simply on one game at a time to try and achieve their aim.
“I understand everyone looking at those things and you can’t avoid not noticing the overall situation, but I can’t allow myself,” he said.
“But you’re not going to go up by planning your end-of-season celebrations.
“All that matters to me is Peterborough, trying to improve on our game on Tuesday and that’s what’s been stressed to the players.
“But if you do that (maths) and take your eye off the ball, you can end up taking no points.
“So I’m not going to allow myself to work out permutations that you can never get right anyway.
“It’s not a productive exercise and it’s not something I’m interested in.
“I’m sure the players will look at the overall picture because we said at the start of the season we want promotion.
“That’s what we’re here for but you’re only going to do that by winning your next game.
“A win in April is a big step. The players are being made aware the only thing that can affect it is 3pm on a Saturday.”
Jackett expects a tough test from a Peterborough side who are one of five to have beaten Wolves this season, with a tight 1-0 victory at London Road back in November.
They also arrive at Molineux buoyed by a Wembley win in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy last weekend, and then boosting their play-off push with victory against Colchester in midweek.
“I think they will be boosted by their cup final win at Wembley,” said the Head Coach.
“More than that they will be determined to keep their place in the play-off places because they have been there all season.
“Their focus will now be on the league and making sure they are one of the four teams that have a chance of promotion.
“It will be an interesting game.
“They have some good players and a team you have to respect as well as an overall philosophy of playing good football.
“Britt Assombalonga up front is a good player who has done it regularly in League One and did it for Southend last season.
“Clean sheets help but the aim is to win, and we need to give them some problems.
“We can’t complain about two clean sheets and four points out of six, but we’ve only scored once in two games.
“I don’t think our football has been as fluent or capable as we can be, for whatever reason.
“So we have to try to get back to our very best.”
*Wolves are expecting a crowd in excess of 24,000 at Molineux tomorrow. Tickets are still available from the Ticket Office up until 5pm today and then from 9am tomorrow. Tickets can also be purchased online and printed at home with no booking fee.
*Don’t forget limited tickets are still available for the Wolves End of Season Dinner Awards taking place at the Telford International Centre on Wednesday 7 May.
Attended by Kenny Jackett and the players, tickets are priced at £89 with tables of ten available at £800 (both plus VAT).
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