Whilst acknowledging that a push for promotion is very much a priority, Wolves’ Head Coach Kenny Jackett would love nothing more than a decent run in the FA Cup.
And having guided Millwall to the semi finals last season, Jackett is well aware of the magic that the grand old competition still carries.
Ahead of tonight’s first round replay with Oldham Athletic at Molineux (7.45pm), Jackett believes Wolves both have the squad for a decent run in the FA Cup with Budweiser, and that it could also boost confidence.
“The league is our priority but if we could have a run in the FA Cup as well that would be great,” he said.
“It’s the biggest cup competition and the most famous one in the world, and certainly when you get through to the latter stages, it does a lot of good for the profile of the club, which is excellent.
“It comes down to us wanting to win a particular game of football.
“And with three home games on the trot, we want to entertain our supporters and be successful.
“I think we have got the squad; if you’re looking at the FA Cup games, when they do come, they’re generally sectioned off to weekends so you don’t necessarily lose out unless you get replays, which is the case for us now.
“They fall into place pretty well.
“Whatever the result, straight after the game we’ll be looking at Brentford, Tranmere and Peterborough.
“But we’re looking positively at those games – they’re good opportunities, that’s the nice thing.”
Jackett has to make at least one change to his team from Saturday’s win at Notts County with in-form winger James Henry sidelined for three to four weeks with a groin injury.
Both the returned Wayne Hennessey and on-loan Michael Jacobs are ineligible to feature due to not being available for the 1-1 draw at Boundary Park although Jacobs has not been given permission to play in the cup by Derby in any case.
Matt Doherty has not travelled to join up with the Republic of Ireland squad due to his recent hamstring injury, and will not feature for Wolves either, while Jackett is still without international trio Kevin Doyle, Aaron McCarey and Anthony Forde.
Samuel Ricketts is available having returned from international duty with Wales and Zeli Ismail is fit again after a knee injury.
Jackett has revealed he is not considering extensive changes to the line-up from Saturday.
“I don’t want to be too disruptive although I won’t take a risk on anyone,” he said.
“James Henry is going to be out for three weeks anyway so he’s not under consideration for any of these games coming up.
“Certainly after Peterborough, it’s the FA Cup second round, so there’s no league game then for two weeks and James has a chance of being fit for that.
“With the games coming up, there’s no consideration for him anyway, and then after that, the group has to work very hard to try to win as many games as possible.
“We’re without Michael Jacobs, Kevin Doyle and the three Irish Under-21s lads.
“Although Doherty hasn’t travelled with Ireland, we’re gearing him up for Saturday.
“We definitely have one eye on the up and coming games and this is one of five matches in 15 days.
“So we definitely have to look at that. But we’ve talked before the rhythm of the team and getting into winning habits – they’re good things to get as well.”
A lower-than-normal crowd is expected at Molineux this evening, but Jackett will be urging his team to lift the fans in the quest to book a second round tie at home to Mansfield.
“It’s up to us to make our own atmosphere and entertain those who will be there because we’ll appreciate the hard core of our supporters who will be there,” he added.
“And then after that, I hope whoever represents us as a club will be successful enough to make sure in the future Molineux is full.”
*The replay must be decided this evening, with extra time and penalties if required.
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