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Jackett Expecting Tough Test

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13:43 13th September 2013

Swindon impressing under new boss

Kenny Jackett expects a tough test for Wolves against a Swindon side arriving at Molineux on the back of a four-game unbeaten run.

Swindon, boosted this season by taking several players on loan from Tottenham, were also ahead at MK Dons last weekend before being reduced to ten men, the game eventually finishing 1-1.

Mark Cooper’s initial caretaker reign was made permanent last month, and Jackett is expecting a difficult game at Molineux tomorrow (3pm).

“The table is starting to form and take shape and Swindon under a new manager have a high turnover rate in their first team and a number of new players,” says Jackett.

“Whether they can push on now having turned things around is something that we’ll see over coming weeks.

“I’ve seen a lot of their players – I had Ryan Mason at Millwall on loan, Darren Ward, Dany N’Guesan has just signed.

“A lot of new faces have just signed who we’ve come across and been playing regularly in Spurs’ reserves which is a very good team.

“There are a number of players who are either on loan or who have played at Spurs at one time or another.

“I don’t really know what the connection is but Grant Hall, Yaser Kasim, Massimo Luongo – who they signed last week for £400,000 – Ryan Mason and Alex Pritchard, you can go on and on in terms of the players who have come from Tottenham or been loaned from there.

“They’re quite a new group and they’re playing some good football.

“I went to watch them last week and they were very impressive.

“They played well, they’re strong in midfield and the dynamics of the team are interesting.

“It’s settled down very quickly after so many changes for them and they’re on a good run.”

Wolves meanwhile are continuing talks with Sheffield Wednesday to conclude a loan move for Roger Johnson.

Jackett believes it will be a good deal for all parties, offering Johnson – who is not in his plans – the chance to go and play some football.

“I’m pleased for Roger as it means he can go on and play some football and contribute to what is a very good club at Sheffield Wednesday,” he said.

“It was hard for him here but he is ready to play for Dave Jones’s team and we wish him all the best at Sheffield.”

Johnson was among a group of players told by Jackett on the first day back training he was no longer in his plans.

But he has continued to follow a training programme to keep himself fit for any potential move.

Jackett insists the rest of the squad have continued to go about their business with Danny Batth enjoying a sustained and successful run in the heart of the defence.

He added:  “The mindset of the group was already there and has been because a high number of people have gone from Adam Hammill onwards and you don’t necessarily focus on them if they’re not in the first-team group – particularly when the first team starts well and is winning.

“Behind the scenes there has been a high number of people released and gone.

“While Roger was an ex-club captain, and there’s more profile in it, the mindset of the group has been good all the way and hasn’t been distracted. 

“I don’t know what the answer is – whether it was that action (him getting chance) or whether the fact that Danny Batth was empowered by playing right-sided centre-half.

“Whether that has just helped him, Richard Stearman, Matt Doherty and Sam Ricketts focus – those defenders that have played most of the games - I don’t know.

“But they’ve been well-focused individuals and have concentrated on their jobs and on trying to put a bit back into the club and put the club first, which is important.”

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