Kenny Jackett today urged his players to capitalise on their excellent position as the Sky Bet League One season nears its conclusion.
Tonight’s trip to Stevenage (7.45pm) is the first of seven league fixtures which will make or break Wolves’ promotion ambitions, and Jackett’s team head into the game with a six-point lead over Brentford, who have a game in hand.
The Head Coach is continuing to keep everyone’s focus on one game at a time, and continuing the recent run of good form which has helped Wolves to the top of the league going into the home straight.
“We need to captialise on the run that we have had and be very pleased about winning 12 out of the last 14 games,” said Jackett.
“We should take the positives out of that.
“But we have another two games this week which will take us to nine games in 28 days.
“We have to carry on and make sure we come out of this period with a very good points total.
“It’s in our own hands now but there is still a long way to go.
“We have seven games left and have to work hard in every single one of those.
“Promotion is our aim and until that is achieved it is not something that we are going to let up - particularly when there is a game every third or fourth day.
“You can end up on your backside very quickly within a week if results go the wrong way for you.
“Your concentration on the next game is paramount because you haven’t got the breathing space in between.
“The overall aim is undoubtedly to get the club bouncing back. Because if it does we can build again and there is no limit potential-wise.
“But it is very, very important we capitalise on the position we are in.”
Jackett is not predicting what sort of points tally may be required for automatic promotion, insisting it is simply about picking up as many as possible in the games which remain.
“I haven’t necessarily got any targets,” he added.
“I’ve tried to concentrate on this period of nine games in 28 days which completes on Saturday against Peterborough and try to do as well as we possibly can.
“It looked a key period in our season and it is proving to be true.
“We have to make sure that by the time we draw breath after Saturday we’re in a healthy position.
“Trying to negotiate a League One season is a long time and a lot of games.
“A lot of concentration is needed.
“You can see with regard to the players the determination which is good and we will need that now.
“It wasn’t always our best football really early in the season - our midfield controlled the games enough and you can make a case saying that we hung in there.
“We have improved as the season has gone on and that run of results is a terrific one as we go into the final stretch. We have to finish it off and must look forward and not look back.”
Jackett was making a fitness check on Bakary Sako’s foot injury to see if he would be available to return tonight but Matt Doherty is definitely absent.
Doherty is hoping to return to training on Thursday.
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