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Targets To Chase

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16:22 24th April 2014

Head Coach prepares for final two games.

Kenny Jackett insists he has no thoughts of squad experimentation in the final two Sky Bet League One games despite the fact that promotion and the title are already in the bag.

Far from looking at other options as a way of planning for next season, the head coach this afternoon said he would choose from the same 18 for the game against Coventry at Sixfields Stadium on Saturday.

He has no injury problems following the club's fruitful and high-scoring Easter programme and says there are still important targets to chase against the Sky Blues and Carlisle.

"Selecting from the 18 keeps the continuity," he said. "There has been a very good mood at the training ground today with a number of schoolchildren around. It has been a buoyant and positive place."

Asked whether it had been party time following the victory at Leyton Orient that proved sufficient, in light of events at MK Dons almost three hours later, to bring the championship crown to Molineux, Kenny added: "I don't get too involved with the players' social life but they have been very good in training today and I don't detect any slackening in standards.

"You don't get many opportunities like this when you are chasing a points record for the division, so you should go for it. They are playing with confidence and enjoying their football."

The Wolves camp were impressed by Coventry's performance in their 1-1 draw at Molineux in mid-October and anticipate another challenging afternoon.

Although the Sky Blues have fallen away as possible challengers for a play-off place and are not yet safe from another relegation, Kenny says they would have been a threat had it not been for their ten-point deduction and the handicap of playing home games at a near-deserted stadium almost an hour away from the Ricoh Arena.

"Playing Wolves is a big game for them and they will be working hard because they're playing for their status after the turmoil they have had," he added. "I think they will be safe.

"For long spells, they were the form team of the division but it's very difficult to keep up that pace and we have learned and improved since we played them here. 

"Without the deduction, they would have had 60 points - enough to have them challenging for the play-offs in a very competitive division. We will pay them every respect and this game won't be an easy one.

"If you drop off by even four or five per cent, it can be the difference between a win and a loss. We have to keep going if we want this points record. 

"Momentum is a big thing. There's a lot of positivity and a good link between the players and supporters and I want to give it a good go in the Championship next season. Any edge or small advantage in our favour.......I want to use them."

There is injury news on two of the Wolves players currently out of the first-team picture. Kevin Foley, who is back from a loan spell at Blackpool, has a shoulder operation on Monday but will be fit in good time for the start of next season.

And Zeli Ismail, who has had hamstring trouble, is now recovered and waiting to rejoin the promotion effort at his temporary club, Burton Albion. Unlike several senior out-on-loan players who he admits are 'highly unlikely' to force a way back into first-team contention at Molineux, Kenny insists he is very open-minded about younger players and says: "They often go out as boys and come back as men."

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