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Knowledge And Know-How


10:00 7th February 2014

Jackett's faith in players' experience

Kenny Jackett is confident Wolves players have it in their armoury to pick up results wherever they go between now and the end of the season.

Tomorrow’s trip to Stevenage offers another challenge to Wolves’ promotion push with a home side scrapping for points to survive and fresh from a morale-boosting midweek win against Gillingham.

The squad that Jackett has built does however boast plenty of experience operating at Sky Bet League One level, not just this season but in others previously, and Jackett believes that will stand them in good stead for the tasks ahead.

“I would suggest everyone has experienced this type of ground,” he said.

“You can go right the way through the team – Sam Ricketts has played in every division, and if you look at his spread of games, it’s pretty even right the way through - Scott Golbourne played for Exeter and Bristol City, and Danny Batth played on loan at Colchester and Sheffield Wednesday.

“Richard Stearman, Bakary Sako and Jack Price probably haven’t experienced anything like it, but Kevin McDonald has played there with Sheffield United and Nouha has played at Blackpool and Rotherham.

“Leon Clarke has generally always played in this division.

“So in terms of the players we have here now, more have played down there than at the top level.

“For us now, I certainly hope it’s coming together – four wins on the trot is very good but the nature of the league and the points total at the top means we can’t rest.

“There’s no gap or opportunity to sit back – we have to really focus on these last 17 games and get as many points as we can because by the looks of it, the top two will finish on a very high points total.”

Jackett will select from the same squad as was available against Bradford last weekend, with Dave Edwards still not fully fit after his foot injury and Carl Ikeme not yet ready after breaking a bone in his hand.

On the plus side Ikeme is due to start full training on Monday.

Jackett meanwhile has revealed that winger Anthony Forde, who has recently been suffering with a foot injury, was close to joining Hibernian on loan before the transfer deadline only for the deal to fall through.

Forde was one of those due to play in last night’s Barclays Under-21 Cup quarter final with Reading at Telford until the game was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

That game was also primed to have been a ‘debut’ for new signing Kortney Hause, who has been challenged in the long term to follow in the footsteps of other young players who have eventually forced their way into the first team at Molineux.

“You do need experienced players but after that you are looking for young and hungry players,” said Jackett.

“The basis of the squad here at Wolves has to be that.

“We are a coaching club who want young players to come through and develop and Kortney at 18 falls into that category.

“While there will always be senior and experienced players there won’t be that many and there will be a basis of players who will be younger players who are trying to make their name and have that hunger to play for the club and see it as an exciting time to be joining Wolves.”

*Tomorrow’s game is a sellout for Wolves supporters and fans without a ticket are urged not to travel.






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