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Finding The Balance

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14:37 14th March 2014

Jackett ready for Shrewsbury

Kenny Jackett will encourage his team to once again find the right balance between playing good football and maintaining their winning run when Shrewsbury Molineux tomorrow (3pm).

The Head Coach saw two sides to his Wolves team at Swindon on Saturday, offering their best half of the season in storming to a 3-0 lead before in his opinion one of their worst after the break with Leon Clarke’s injury time goal securing a 4-1 victory.

It was a ninth successive win to keep Wolves at the forefront of the intense pace at the top of Sky Bet League One.

Such is the standard being set at the top of the table that this time last season – after the corresponding number of games – fifth placed Rotherham would have been top.

“It is going to be a really high points total required at the top of the league this season,” Jackett confirms.

“And if anybody does fall away then there will be somebody else that will be there to take the place – that’s the nature of it.

“What we have done in achieving the record is put ourselves in a position whereby it’s in our hands and we are not chasing.

“It has needed that type of run when you look at the pace of the top five, but looking at the last dozen games, it’s going to need that type of run again or near to it to get your hands on one of these two promotion places at the top of the league.

“We are doing well and we are edging closer and all we have to do is concentrate on our own game and our own performance.

“We have still got some tough games to come and some tough places to go and we can’t slacken off and just expect to finish in the top two.

“We haven’t got the luxury of a ten-point gap or anything like that, and neither have any of the other clubs so we need a sprint finish going into the last dozen games.

“We need to get as many of these 36 points as possible.

“And there’s a balance between enjoying our football – and if you play well you always enjoy it – and also realising what the stakes are for the club.

“If we get a balance between those things, and not  get too tense and play football like we can, then our concentration is in our own hands.

“We don’t pass for vanity, we pass to score goals.

“That’s the reason we do it and we have to keep working at that and not under-estimate any opposition and try our best to play to our potential and keep on improving.”

The return fixture away at Shrewsbury earlier in the season was a tight and tense affair settled by Bakary Sako’s late penalty.

Jackett knows the visitors will be fired up in their own battle for point tomorrow.

“We are really looking forward to the game,” he said.

“In no way do we under-estimate anybody and it takes on the mantle of a local derby.

“They are fighting their lives at the bottom and it will be a big game for them.

“We know Shrewsbury will have a very high motivation level in coming to Molineux and we have to handle that again.

“Once we have given the opposition that respect and realise we have to work hard for every single point that we earn it is that about concentrating on ourselves and making sure we play our football as fluently and coherently as we are capable of.

“We always do our homework on the opposition and know what’s coming – then we have to do our best to play to our potential for 95 minutes.”

Jackett has a clean bill of health from which to select from for tomorrow’s game, with a slight doubt over skipper Samuel Ricketts who is suffering from a tight quad muscle.

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