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10:36 12th November 2013

Jackett relishing County trip

Head Coach Kenny Jackett said Wolves were keen to press on and play Saturday’s Sky Bet League One fixture with Notts County to avoid any fixture congestion over the coming weeks.

With Matt Doherty still not completely over his hamstring injury, Wolves face the trip to Meadow Lane likely to be missing two of their regular first team starters with Samuel Ricketts and Kevin Doyle on international duty with Wales and the Republic of Ireland respectively.

After the last two international weekends, the postponed fixtures with Walsall and Carlisle have brought Wolves only a point from a possible six when they were rearranged in midweek.

Wolves would have been without a league fixture for two-and-a-half weeks had Saturday not gone ahead, and after lengthy discussions, and mindful that County are also missing players through internationals and suspension, it was decided to go ahead and play.

“I wanted to avoid any fixture congestion later in the season,” said Head Coach Jackett.

“It’s o-k putting it off now, but whenever you do project forward – and hopefully we can progress in the FA Cup as well – for any fixture congestion going forwards, that can cause its own problems.

“So we made the dsecision to go ahead with the game.

“Yes we miss some players but Notts County do as well – they have players unavailable through internationals, and their centre forward Danny Haynes is suspended after being sent off.

“You can look at it either way, but somewhere along the line we’d have had to go over there on a Tuesday night and would we have a full quota of players then?

“We’d made the decision to carry on and play and we’re just looking forward to it now and trying to win the game.”

Wolves had already seen a Saturday trip to Carlisle moved to a midweek due to internationals, and Jackett admits the preference of supporters for Saturday football also played a part in discussions.

While acknowledging there is a risk involved, he believes Wolves will head to Nottingham in positive mood and keen to get some more points on the board.

“Of course it’s a risk, we do understand that but there’s a potential future fixture pile-up which we want to avoid.

“But in terms of ourselves, we’re going to be positive and try to win this game.

“Both sides have players missing for different reasons – and not just for internationals.

“It’s one of those. You’ve got to go there at some stage, haven’t you? 

“And are things going to be perfect (then)? 

“We thought long and hard about it last week and decided to carry on and we’re going to go up there and play and do our best.

 “We look forward to the game now.”

*Saturday's game is strictly all ticket, with sales from Molineux ceasing at 4pm on Friday and none available on the day at Meadow Lane.


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