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No Problem With Schedule

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10:45 20th March 2014

Skipper says young team will go again

Samuel Ricketts has denied that tiredness is creeping into the Molineux camp as Wolves look to prove their setbacks against Shrewsbury and Crawley are no more than a blip.

Saturday’s frustrating home draw was followed on Tuesday by a first defeat in 11 games and an upping of the ante for Saturday’s visit to another of Sky Bet League One’s form teams, Sheffield United.

The pace at the top of the table has been relentless all season and Ricketts believes Wolves will quickly get their campaign back on course.

“Of course we’ve had a lot of games but speaking for myself – and I was ill at the weekend – the schedule isn’t a problem,” the skipper said.

“It’s a young side and, when you’re a young side top of the table, you feel you can play every day. We haven’t got a problem.

“If anyone was a fly on the wall, they’d see we’re not struggling under the pressure. The team spirit, the togetherness between the lads, the banter and the craic are fine.

“We’ll just keep plugging away trying to reach our end goal. There’s certainly no reason to panic.

“We’re top. It’s not as if we’re seventh in the table needing to win every game to make the play-offs. We’re in an extremely strong position for what has been a phenomenal pace set this season and we’re at the top of it.”

Ricketts, one of the better performers on a general off night against Crawley, insisted on himself facing the media afterwards.

Head coach Kenny Jackett didn’t make any excuses for the dip in standards from the long-term highs so far in 2014 and his appointed on-field leader has no doubts that the tide can turn again quickly.

“I’m confident we can bounce back,” he added. “We’re still a very good side.

“A good player can have a bad game and still be a good player. A bad player can have a good game but he’s still a bad player. We’re a good side and we’ve got lots of good players.

“It’s going to be hard at Sheffield, but I’m looking forward to it. We have to give the opposition credit. The teams we’ve played in the last two games have defended really well.

“The longer you give sides something to hold on to, the harder they will cling to it. We’ve all been there – when you have something to hang on to, it gives you that bit of spring.

“When we played Crawley at the start of the season, they played some great football and this time they had a game plan and stuck to it really well. On another day, we might have won 1-0. Our defending was very unlike us but that happens sometimes.”

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