Forget about Saturday! That’s the message from Kenny Jackett as Wolves move on from an excellent win at Sheffield United to tonight’s visit of Colchester (7.45pm).
And the Head Coach has said that the games with Shrewsbury and Crawley, from which Wolves took a point from a possible six, are a reminder that the team will earn nothing if they are not on top of their game.
Jackett is also aware that Colchester are a team who will enjoy playing their football at Molineux, and believes the 3-0 away win against the U’s earlier in the season was a scoreline which perhaps flattered Wolves.
“Saturday was a good win for us and will give us confidence but that has no relevance now as we have to concentrate on tonight,” he said.
“And I would instead look at Shrewsbury and Crawley, where it showed that if we don’t get our game right we don’t get results.
“We have to look forward very quickly and not dwell on Saturday’s win.
“We have to focus on the next one and make sure we are working hard to do our jobs.
“Colchester will be wanting to get themselves completely safe and up the table and will be looking forward to playing at Molineux with a high degree of motivation and enthusiasm.
“I know with the situation at the top there is a lot of speculation about what it might take to get up this year and it is fantastic for us to be where we are with the possibility of promotion.
“But for myself and the players, all we can think about Colchester and not look any further than that.
“If we don’t get our attitude and our energy right then it won’t work and it’s the old adage about focusing on the next game which is the most important thing.”
Jackett continued: “We scored some quality goals at Colchester earlier in the season but they came into the game, had some good chances and Carl Ikeme saved a penalty late on.
“It certainly wasn’t as clear cut as the scoreline suggested.
“Colchester showed good spirit and kept going and I felt that at the time the scoreline flattered us.
“They have got some good footballers and we have seen recently that if we don’t get our football right and our passing game right we won’t get a result.”
Jackett is forced into at least one change tonight with Matt Doherty sidelined with the hamstring injury picked up at Bramall Lane.
“He doesn’t seem too bad,” said Jackett, who confirmed it wasn’t the same injury as Doherty had suffered previously.
“The initial feeling is he’ll be out for around two weeks.”
Kevin Doyle, who is loan at QPR until the end of the season, has also been back at Compton for treatment on the knee injury which is currently keeping him out of the action.
“Kevin has a knee injury and the extent of it won’t really be known for a week or two,” said Jackett.
“The plan is he will do some days down in London with QPR and one or two days with us.
“Over the next two weeks QPR will see how their season shapes up and whether it will be the play-offs and how quickly they want to push him back.”
Jackett meanwhile has reflected further on the six bookings picked up at Bramall Lane on Saturday, when opponents Sheffield United landed none.
Wolves had picked up only 11 bookings in their previous 11 fixtures before Saturday’s game.
“It’s frustrating for us to get a fine (for six bookings) but it’s uncharacteristic of our season,” he said.
“I’ve looked at the bookings all individually and all I can say is that it’s not something that happens regularly to us.”
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