Kenny Jackett today highlighted the importance of Wolves getting straight back into their rhythm when returning from the international ‘break’ against Swindon on Saturday (3pm).
There certainly hasn’t been a break whether for the clutch of internationals who have been involved with their countries or the players who have remained and continued to work hard at Compton, but Wolves will have been affected more than most in League One by a gap in fixtures.
And that is why Jackett will be doing everything possible to ensure his players quickly regain the momentum which has seen them win four and draw one of their first five league games.
“We got into a nice rhythm, we had a week’s break and the level of concentration and enthusiasm must not drop,” says Jackett.
“For us to come back to two home games, I really want the side to be looking forward to this weekend.
“I want the players to have very high motivation level to play at Molineux again, with enthusiasm and enjoyment.
“To a degree the international break is a hindrance but I’m also proud so many players are representing the club because it does reflect very well on us.
“I didn’t necessarily want this break, but it’s come about because our players have been successful.
“All I can do is make sure by the time we start again on Saturday there’s no rustiness or hangover from wherever they’ve played.
“The group is focused towards getting points.”
The emergency loan window opens today, and Jackett will be keeping an eye on developments, but as present has no plans to either add to his squad or see players leave.
He added: “We’re concentrating on the squad of players we have and working with them towards a very important section of games – Swindon, two local derbies against Walsall and Shrewsbury and then Sheffield United, who are one of the biggest sides in the division.
“For this crucial batch of four games, I’m really just concentrating on the players we have.
“We’ll see if there are any approaches or any unhappy players, but we’re not particularly looking to move anyone on.
“At the moment, the whole group is working hard towards making Wolves successful, which is all our jobs.”
Wolves were today awaiting developments on skipper Sam Ricketts, who is a doubt for Wales’ fixture with Serbia due to a slight knee injury.
Jackett was remaining confident that the defender would be fit either for Wales tonight or Wolves on Saturday.
Dave Edwards is also back in full training and could play for the Under-21s at Middlesbrough on Monday but George Elokobi is unlikely to be available due to his hamstring injury, which is only a short term problem.
Jackett has revealed a club-wide target of trying to keep 85 per cent of the players fit at any time.
“We’ve set targets to keep at least 85 per-cent of our players fit for the majority of the time,” he said.
“We’re looking for 20-22 good players. With a Category One academy, I think we’ve got that at present.
“We have to keep those fit, and work hard as staff to keep them fit.
“Then after that, we need to make sure that tactically we know what our roles are.”
*Wolves' Johnstone's Paint Trophy second round tie with Notts County has been selected for live coverage by Sky and will kick off at 7.45pm on Tuesday, October 8th. Ticket details will be announced when they are finalised.