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Playing To Our Maximum

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12:06 7th November 2013

Jackett keeping up the pressure

Wolves will head into FA Cup action at Oldham with a reminder from Head Coach Kenny Jackett of the qualities required to be successful.

Jackett expressed his disappointment with the team’s performance in Tuesday’s 2-2 draw at Carlisle, particularly the second half, some rare criticism after a generally impressive start to the season.

The Head Coach is keen to ensure the squad maintain their hunger and desire on the back of a run which has taken them four points clear in the automatic promotion places with a third of the campaign gone.

“Attitude, mentality, commitment to the group, commitment to the club are big things in terms of my management,” he said.

“It’s been good so far but you can’t just rest on that, you have to keep trying to improve and continue to show that level of commitment.

“We do respect the opposition and know what’s coming at us, but then after that, it’s about ourselves – our players and us as a team playing well and playing to our maximum and showing a hunger and desire to want to do well for the club.

“And if we can get those attributes going consistently then we can pick up the right results.

“If you looked at our record and our league position, they are very good, but anyone who’s seen the games knows they’ve been hard fought and our two this week have been no different.

“Everybody inside the club would have all taken our points total at this stage.

“While you’d say, we’ve dropped two divisions in two years and we’re hoping to go back up, everyone was saying in the summer that it certainly won’t be easy for Wolves this season in this division and everyone knows that.

“But in terms of a points total to try to get one of those three promotion places, we’re on target so far and well set.”

 

Oldham excelled in the FA Cup last season, and ran Wolves close in the Sky Bet League One encounter at Molineux just over a fortnight ago, leaving Jackett under no illusions about the weekend’s first round tie.

“We do want to go to Oldham and give a good account of ourselves and win if possible,” he added.

“It’s going to be a tough game because Oldham are a tremendous cup side and we know it will be a big task for us.

“But that’s our next challenge and it would be terrific to have a cup run this season.”

With Kevin McDonald still likely to be missing on Saturday with his hamstring injury, Jackett is mulling over his midfield options.

Dave Edwards has been battling for a first team place since recovering from an early season injury, and Jackett has confirmed the Welsh international remains very much in his plans.

He explained:  “He’s been substitute pretty regularly since coming back from injury and hasn’t had much chance or many minutes on the pitch.

“But he’s a player who can play a few roles.

“I think his last start was against Sheffield United at home but he’s had several weeks training and he’s had several Under-21 games since then so I’ve seen an improvement in his match sharpness and his fitness.

“He’s a person and a player who I value having around, and, should things need to change through injuries, suspensions or the side doesn’t look right and personnel has to change, I’m pleased I have that option there on the bench ready to go because his attitude is excellent.”

And Jackett isn’t considering releasing any senior players on loan at the present time, with the emergency deadline three weeks away.

“People ask me about loan players but from the third Thursday in November (28th) there’s a five-week window through to January 1 where we can’t sign any loan players,” he added.

“There are up to seven games for us in that spell and we’re going to need everybody and a big squad now as we’re coming up to such an important period.

“I think we play Peterborough and Leyton Orient in that time and they’re big games, so I’m not necessarily suddenly looking to let players go out on loan in the next couple of weeks.

 “At the same time I’m not desperate to sign a player in any particular position because we don’t have anybody there to fill or because we’ve got injuries.

“We’re always looking – if there’s someone we can bring in who can improve things then great, no problems.

“But in terms of that period - the next two weeks – every manager in the league will be looking to be as strong as he possibly can, whether that’s holding onto his own and drawing the wagons around them or bringing in players from outside.”

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