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Firmly Focused

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09:00 18th March 2014

Jacobs highlights points-laden race

Michael Jacobs believes that the intense pace at the summit of Sky Bet League One is keeping Wolves firmly focused on the task in hand.

Wolves have only lost four league matches this season, and dropped only two points since January 3rd, but find themselves only a point ahead of Brentford and three of Leyton Orient in one of the most fiercely contested promotion battles for years.

And while Wolves are not getting in the slightest bit carried away with their recent run of form, Jacobs says the fact that they cannot afford to slip up just adds to the motivation.

Preston and Rotherham have also been on great runs and will be ready to capitalise on any slip-ups, raising the stakes for Wolves ahead of tonight's trip to Crawley Town (7.45pm). 

 

“It’s quite an exciting title race this season and the same in League Two as well this year,” says the winger.

“It seems you are going to need far more points than in other years if you are to achieve promotion.

“For us it was hard to predict what result was best from the Brentford/Leyton Orient game on Saturday – there were different thoughts from all the outcomes.

“But at the end of the day it is still in our own hands and we don’t want to be relying on other teams to slip up.

“We want to get the wins that we need to get up.

“With the staff we have got here and the attitude among the players there is not going to be any slacking off in any respect.

“We have set our standards which we want to stick to for the whole season and I don’t think there will be a stage we will get to that we will feel we can relax – that’s not going to come into question.

“But certainly the sort of standards being set by Brentford, Leyton Orient and Preston do keep you very much motivated to try and stay on top of the league.”

Jacobs admits the end of Wolves’ record-breaking nine-game winning run – Saturday’s goalless draw with Shrewsbury – was frustrating.

But certainly not something that he believes will put a major dent in confidence levels ahead of Crawley tonight.

“There may have been a few little frustrations from Saturday’s game but it’s quickly about looking forward and we’ve got another big game at Crawley,” says Jacobs.

“That will be a tough place to go but we’ve quickly picked ourselves up from the Shrewsbury result and were back in on Sunday and ready to go again.

“Not winning that game was always going to be frustrating because of the standards we have set ourselves over the last couple of months and it was a game people expected us to win.

“To be fair to Shrewsbury they came out, stuck to their gameplan and gave us a really tough game and it was one of those days where things didn’t really fall for us.

“But at the end of the day it was another point, we are still top of the league , and can now look forward to tonight’s game and trying to get three points.

“It’s still been a great run we’ve been on.

“Obviously when you get on a winning run you just want to keep it going but it is always going to end at some stage.

“For us that was Saturday, and we just have to learn from it and move on.”

Whilst the clean sheet was Wolves’ 19th from 35 league games so far this season, the blank at the other end was, in contrast, a rarer occurrence.

Wolves had struck 25 goals in their previous nine fixtures, and Jacobs is confident the forward options at Kenny Jackett’s disposal will see the goals continue on the season’s home straight.

“I think we’ve got a nice balance when you look at our forward players and the attributes that we have got,” he says.

“I think we work together and complement each other well.

“We all know how we are going to play and if I am in the middle, and Sako or Henry come inside then we can switch positions.

“And then we’ve got Dicko who has been fantastic since he came in.

“It’s worked well and we’ve scored a lot of goals which hopefully we will be able to keep going.

“If you look at the goals totals, Sako has got 12, Dicko almost one a game since he came in and myself and James have chipped in.

“I think we’ve been doing alright and we’ll be going down to Crawley in good spirits.”

Jacobs continues: “You always look to get the crowd behind you early on and put some pressure on as that is always better than the home side starting well and getting their fans behind them.

“It makes it a lot harder for the opposition if we can get going early on and try and get in front like we did at Swindon last week.

“So it is important for us to go there and try and start as brightly as we have in a lot of our recent away games.

“I see no reason why we can’t do that and go on and get a positive result.”

*Crawley are advising Wolves’ sellout contingent of 1,940 to arrive early for tonight’s game at the Checkatrade.com Stadium. Click here for details.

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