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Need To Earn It


11:21 11th March 2014

Jackett assesses tonight's opponents

Kenny Jackett knows Wolves will have to earn any sort of positive result picked up at Swindon tonight – and backed Mark Cooper’s side as still heavily in the race for the play-offs.


Swindon have suffered a dip in results lately, but remain within sight of the top six and will be keen for an upturn in fortunes to try and bridge the eight-point gap.

They also ran Wolves very close at Molineux back in September, before Jackett’s team eventually emerged as 3-2 winners.

“We had a great game with Swindon earlier in the season,” said Jackett.

“It was a cracking game – we won 3-2 but both teams had many more chances than they scored.

“It was a situation where we went flat out and just scored more than them and there were chances at both ends in what was an excellent game.

“Ryan Mason had seven shots that day which is a very high total for one individual.

“They are a very good footballing side and, like Walsall, will feel that sixth place is still open for them.

“They will want to put a run of wins together themselves and will be trying hard for that sprint finish to get themselves into sixth spot.

“It is always a good surface and a big pitch at Swindon which should give us chances to play as well.

“That will be our challenge, to get the ball down and play, but that opportunity will be there for Swindon as well.

“We’re looking forward to the game, as we should be with our position in the league and the opportunity that we have.

“But in no way do we underestimate the size of the task.

“We know that anything we get at Swindon we’ll have to have earned and worked very hard for.”

Tonight’s game is the second of nine in a packed out 28-day spell, and Jackett says the whole squad and ready for what is in store.

“We’ve probably got fewer numbers now than we’ve had at any other time of the season but I think it’s a healthy group as well,” added Jackett.

“If we feel before the (emergency loan) deadline that there’s the right player then we’ll do it, but we need to make sure internally that all the players know their jobs should they be needed.

“They are fit enough, they are ready, and if we do need to make changes it needs to look seamless to the performance and playing staff.”

*Tickets will be available on the gate to Wolves fans this evening. Swindon have also asked to inform supporters that parking for Wolves fans tonight is available at St Joseph’s Catholic School, Ocotal Way, Swindon SN3 3LR. Charge is £10 for coaches and £5 for cars and the school is five minutes’ walk from the stadium.

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