Kenny Jackett believes Sheffield United have more than enough quality to force themselves up into the upper reaches of Sky Bet League One – but hopes a Blades revival doesn’t start tomorrow.
United arrive at Molineux having endured a difficult start to the season but with fresh faces recently arrived as new manager David Weir aims to kick start their campaign.
And Wolves’ Head Coach Jackett believes it will prove just as tough as any other fixture in a very competitive division.
He said: “Sheffield United are a very big club and there may be some frustration that it is their third year in League One because they’ve been very close to getting out over the last two seasons.
“If you go back further they were unlucky even to be relegated from the Premier League with the Carloz Tevez situation when Neil Warnock was manager.
“Their aim will be to try and be promoted and when you’re looking at the size of the club, the support and the infrastructure there, it’s a big club with considerable facilities that somewhere along the line this season, will get going.
“We just hope that doesn’t start tomorrow!
“While they haven’t had the start they would want, there are more than 100 points to play for so they have enough leeway to be successful this season – as we all do.
“They’ve brought in a couple of players in (Marlon) King and (Ryan) Hall and have got some very good players who will be trying to impose their games on us tomorrow.
“Every opposition has to be respected and a club of this stature are not going to stay in the bottom four for long.
“But after looking at them all of the concentration goes on ourselves – our preparation and our consistency.”
Wolves’ start is among one of their best to a season in recent years, but Jackett has been equally consistent himself in insisting there has to be an improvement in performance levels to keep it going.
Particularly with such a hot pace towards the top end of the division and Leyton Orient to continue going all guns blazing with eight wins out of eight.
“Eight out of eight is a terrific start and we’re pleased that we’re still in touching distance because you don’t want the gap to stretch too soon,” said Jackett.
“If that happens supporters and players can then lack a bit of belief and those are the two groups you have to affect all of the time.
“So we’ve done well to be within touching distance of them and we’re pleased to be in there competing.
“Fair play to them though and congratulations to Russell Slade and the Orient side for what they’ve done this season because winning eight consecutive games in any league is a fantastic achievement.
“For us, we’d have taken the start we’ve had with the results all day long, but we know we have to improve.
“We can’t let up – you look at the points totals for promotion from League One over the last ten years from the top two and from fourth to sixth and you can see they are very high to get automatic promotion.
“We want to go up and however we do it we’d accept it, but like everyone, we’re going for the highest points total we can – there’s no doubt about that.”
Jackett has both Leigh Griffiths and Kevin Doyle likely to be available after recent injury concerns, offering some welcome food for thought for a department where Bjorn Sigurdarson has impressed and Jake Cassidy and Liam McAlinden are waiting in the wings.
“Griffiths and Doyle are at the moment 100 per cent fit and while I wouldn’t want to help the opposition by naming my team too early, if I’m looking at forwards, it’s whether I play two or three and that’s been the case generally this season,” he said.
“Looking back at last Saturday, I started with Sigurdarson and Griffiths and Cassidy came on and looked impressive.
“We’ve got Doyle fit again and Liam McAlinden has generally been the fifth one.
“Whether we play two or three of those, it does leave us with a strong bench.”
David Davis is definitely unavailable through suspension with Jackett having various potential options to come in and replace him with Lee Evans, Jack Price, Dave Edwards and Kevin Foley among the candidates.