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Kenny's Call


09:56 18th April 2014

Jackett urging performance for crowd


Kenny Jackett today urged his Wolves players to put on a performance to match the excellent Molineux crowd against promotion chasing Rotherham (3pm).

The gate is set to either reach 30,000 or be very close to it as already promoted Wolves aim to push on for the league title against an impressive Millers side still harbouring strong hopes of also reaching the Sky Bet Championship this season.

With Wolves having made it over the line following last Saturday’s 2-0 win at Crewe, focus has quickly turned to trying to add some silverware by going on to clinch the League One title.

“It was a fantastic weekend to seal promotion and to get there with four games to go wasn’t something that looked likely even a few weeks ago,” said Jackett.

“It shows how well the players have done and it’s a good feeling but we want to build on that now.

“It would be a shame and a big slip-up if we didn’t go on and win the league now – we all feel that way.

“There is an opportunity there – you get a medal for first and we all want that medal and that achievement – it’s our next goal.

“I haven’t seen any lack of focus this week and I’ve been waiting for it. But there hasn’t been any sort of falling away and that is good to see.”

Jackett continued:  “There are many reasons why we want to play well on Friday and win the game.

“The first being that we want to win the championship and then also there is going to be a fantastic crowd and a terrific atmosphere.

“We want to show our fans that we are a good side heading into next year as well and hopefully some of those coming along will want to come back again.

“It’s an opportunity for us to play our best and put on a top quality performance if we can.

“It’s an exciting time to be at Wolves and performances on the pitch can lead that.”

Rotherham and Wolves shared an excellent 3-3 draw at the New York Stadium just before Christmas, and Jackett has been impressed with Steve Evans’s side who have maintained the momentum from League Two promotion.

“Rotherham have had an excellent season after coming up from League Two,” said the Head Coach.

“They have really built on that solid foundation and continually improved during the course of the season.

“Watching their recent games they have a lot of firepower and a very positive way of playing and it will be a big test for us.

“If we are going to get anything out of the game we are going to have to be at our very best.”

Whilst maintaining his and the players’ focus on the remaining four games, Jackett has been asked about more long-term planning which has been taking place behind the scenes.

He himself is on a one-year rolling contract as has become the norm for Wolves in recent years, and sees no problem with maintaining that arrangement.

And what sealing promotion early has also done is allow staff behind the scenes to finely hone plans for next season earlier than may have been possible.

“Going up early does help in terms of adding some certainty to the planning which has already been taking place looking at the different divisions we could have been in next season,” he said.

“It is a big summer for us and we want to build on what has been a good first year.

“We have got a lot of players out on loan at the moment who may or may not be returning and we have a few players out of contract.

“It’s also about when and where we make any additions.

“All those things are being worked at behind the scenes with plenty of enthusiasm and excitement.

“In my case, I think nowadays that’s a modern-day contract and I think it’s right.

“I don’t think going beyond that is the right thing with the insecurities and the constant changing nature of the industry I’m in.

“The fear of failure is a big motivating factor that drives you on.

“Football management can change very quickly and you can’t take anything for granted – you have to earn everything you get.

“And, while we can do a degree of long-term planning, you have to focus on the short term and then the long term will look after itself. If we can beat Rotherham and Leyton Orient then the overall picture can look a lot better.”

*At present (10am), a limited number of tickets remain for today's game available from the Ticket Office. All supporters are advised to arrive early and allow plenty of time to enter the stadium, especially if needing to collect tickets.


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