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Keep It Going!

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08:30 27th January 2014

Jackett set for busy week

Kenny Jackett has challenged his players to continue working hard and continue a “big eight days” with games against Oldham and Bradford as Wolves look to chase down the top two in Sky Bet League One.

Saturday’s impressive win against Bristol City left Wolves four points behind leaders Brentford – having played the same amount of games – and two adrift of Leyton Orient, who have a game in hand.

A full midweek programme follows with Jackett urging his team to build on successive victories on home soil.

“It is very important we go up to Oldham and come back here against Bradford on Saturday and keep performing like we are,” he said.

“Our form and our football is very good at the moment.

“We are working hard and feel we have been improving during the course of the season.

“It was important for us to get a good points total out of these three games and we need to keep working hard in what is a big eight days for us.

“I think it will be crucial because at present we are chasing the top two.

“It will also be important to have a squad in this period.

“The focus as a group has to be the club to make sure the club keep progressing and keep improving.

“I do feel we have shown good progress since the start of the season in terms of our football.

“We need to keep doing that and keep playing like that and make sure that we work their goalkeeper enough for the possession that we have.”

In terms of the squad at his disposal Jackett was impressed to see Bakary Sako come off the bench to very positive effect on Saturday.

The winger, whose last start came in the 1-0 defeat to Gillingham at the start of January, produced a lively cameo culminating in a clinical third goal.

“Bakary showed a good attitude on Saturday,” said Jackett.

“He came on and fitted in very well and got what was a crucial third goal to give us some breathing space.

“It is refreshing how he did and he got a good response from the crowd.

“He was going back defensively to pick up people on our own penalty spot and showed a very good attitude and good quality.

“He is still firmly a Wolves player.”

Dave Edwards faces a battle to be ready for the squad heading to Oldham and Matt Doherty will instead figure in a behind-closed-doors friendly for the Under-21s today.

But both are closing in on a return to availability to add further to the options at Jackett’s disposal.

“Dave Edwards had a knock on his foot in training and wasn’t available on Saturday,” he explained.

“He has a chance for this week and isn’t far away.

“If it’s not Tuesday he should have a chance for Saturday – it’s that sort of timescale at the moment and there is no long term damage.

“Doherty is doing o-k and we will play him again in the Under-21s on Monday.

“He’s progressing well but is not quite ready yet.

“We need to make sure that when he does come back he comes back in for good after what has been some considerable time and work going into the hamstring injury.”

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