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Hanging Tough

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11:35 21st October 2013

Griffiths confident Wolves can keep pace

Leigh Griffiths has targeted three points against Oldham tomorrow (7.45pm) to try and banish the disappointment of Coventry’s late equaliser on Saturday.

Wolves’ top scorer took his seasonal tally to eight in the 1-1 draw in which the Sky Blues’ leveller with five minutes remaining saw Leyton Orient and Peterborough extend their advantage at the top.

Griffiths however is keen for Wolves to look after their own business, and believes the strength of the squad at Kenny Jackett’s disposal will come in handy over the coming weeks.

“Leyton Orient and Peterborough are flying - they’ve had a good start but we’ve just got to hang in there,” said Griffiths.

“We know that we’ve got the squad to compete right at the top of the league.

“You can see from the boys who didn’t make the team on Saturday - Zeli Ismail, Lee Evans - who have all played their part so far this season.

“The manager has said we are going to need everybody for the whole season not just the eleven on the pitch or the 18.
“The good thing after Saturday is that we’ve got this game.

“We want games now to be Saturday-Tuesday to get this out of our system and hopefully follow up this good display with another one on Tuesday and get the three points.

“We’re hanging on in there and we are not getting beat - that’s the main thing. It would be different if we were getting beat. But we are scoring goals and we are playing well and the manager said after the game that it is going to turn one time - hopefully that is Tuesday night.”

In terms of his goal Griffiths was pleased with the finish after he shifted the ball out from under his feet quickly by tucking a right footed shot past Joe Murphy.

“There was a bit of a scramble in the box and Danny did well to flick the header on,” said Griffiths.

“I managed to get a good first touch and tuck it away with my right.

“The ground was slippy so I just had to keep it on target and thankfully it nestled in.
“There was a lack of concentration at the back for us with their equaliser but I take nothing away from the boy - it was a great finish.

“And maybe a draw was a fair result.
“I think we scored and then just sat off a little bit and let them play. And Coventry are a dangerous side who have got some very good players and they showed today what a good team they are.”

In terms of the prospect of future goals Griffiths believes Wolves will be well served by the addition of James Henry – who won the sponsor’s Man of the Match award on Saturday – in tandem with Bakary Sako on the flanks.
“James Henry has come in and he has done really well,” said Griffiths.

“He is similar to Sako in that he gets the ball down and drives at full-backs - that’s what we want.

“We want crosses into the box for either me, Doyler or Bjorn to get on the end of.
“Both wingers like to mix their game up while Doyle’s got great movement and I just like to play on the last defender’s shoulder and try and get flick-ons and stuff.”

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