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Rise To The Backing


13:09 30th August 2013

Kenny urges players to respond to sell-out crowd.

Kenny Jackett has urged his Wolves players to rise to the backing of another noisy sell-out following tomorrow and keep pace with the League One pacesetters.

Three successive League wins since the opening-day draw at Preston have given the club a brief taste at the top of the table, although Leyton Orient and Darren Ferguson's Peterborough again lead the way with 100% records going into the fourth weekend of the season.

The trip to the Potteries takes Wolves to a venue they have not played at for well over a decade and the relative proximity of the clubs has helped ensured the presence of more than 4,000 visiting fans at Vale Park.

Kenny reacted with interest when told at his press conference that the 'travelling army' based on the games at Preston, Bristol City and now Vale averaged out at considerably more than a handful of teams in this division were attracting to their home matches.

"We're having great backing and we have to produce performances that get them on the edge of their seats," he said.

"The players will feed off that enthusiasm and our challenge is to maintain this level of performance."

The Molineux crowd went home happy last weekend after the dramatic late events against Crawley, which meant Wolves had scored a healthy eight goals in their last three games.

Leigh Griffiths leads the way with three but Bjorn Sigurdarson, set up by Kevin Doyle, got off the mark with the headed opener a week ago.

"Hopefully Bjorn can build on that," Kenny added. "Even last season, I felt he showed a lot of promise for the future and I hope that can come to fruition.

"Jake Cassidy and Liam McAlinden have not been getting as much game time but for us to win games and win them consistently, we're going to need them through the season.

"First of all, I'm trying to pick a team to win at Port Vale but I think there needs to be consistency of selection. There's a pecking order and competition.

"There needs to be a reality in that dressing room.....we're going to have to fight hard. It's early in the season but the signs in the group are good."

Because of international games, Wolves have a fortnight's break in League fixtures after tomorrow, although they are at home to Walsall on Tuesday in the Johnstone Paint Trophy.

And the head coach has spelled out that he wants to reach the end of August in good shape with an unbeaten record and hopefully another three points.

"Vale are looking at their biggest attendance for many years and they have had a solid start," he said. "They have added to what was a successful group of players and have a very capable and experienced manager in Micky Adams.

"No way will we underestimate them. They will throw plenty at us but we have to be able to create chances and make sure we give as good as we get.

"Good sides score late goals, as we did against Crawley, and I said last weekend that it's all about finding ways of winning games."

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