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09:31 9th March 2014

Records secondary for focused Jackett

Kenny Jackett says Wolves’ record-equalling eight-match winning run is “testament to the players” – but says breaking any records will be “hollow” if the team don’t go on to achieve promotion.

Since the disappointing defeat to Gillingham at the start of January, the run of eight wins in succession has equalled a record achieved four times previously by Wolves teams of yesteryear.

Victory at Swindon on Tuesday would take Wolves one better than the seasons of 1914/15, 1966/67, 1986/87 and 1988/89.

But Jackett is more focused on getting a positive result to try and keep Wolves’ noses in front at the head of an intense battle for promotion to the Sky Bet Championship.

“If you look at the top of the division we have needed to go on this sort of run,” he says.

“We have needed to do this to get to where we want to be.

“Brentford, Leyton Orient, Preston and Rotherham have done very well and had good seasons themselves.

“Brentford went on a 19-game unbeaten run, and if you want an automatic promotion spot you need to go on that sort of run.

“For us to have won eight games in a row is a very good testament to the players.

“The next game is always the most important one and we have to keep focusing.

“It is a terrific achievement (eight wins) but it will be hollow if we do achieve our goal which is promotion.

“If we can achieve promotion and get some records as well that will be great.

“On its own it is not something we will be shouting from the rooftops about but we are in a good position.

“And with 13 games left we need to keep focusing.

“I am pleased to say it is still in our own hands.

“No one has got away from us and it is up to us – our performances and results – to decide our fate and you can’t ask for more than that.

“If along the way you pick up some records that is an added bonus to look back on and be very proud of.”

Jackett continues:  “It is a hard equation to win games on a regular basis.

“Anyone can do it on a one-off basis and if you want to be in that top two you have to be consistent.

“And that’s particularly with the top of League One as it is with a high points total needed to get promotion this year.

“Nine games in 28 days is going to really test our squad but we have to be determined because this period will have a big bearing on how we are doing to do this season.”

Although Leyton Orient’s draw on Saturday means Wolves opened up a two point gap at the top of Sky Bet League One Jackett couldn’t be further from getting carried away.

Not least as Wolves still face a majority of away games over the remainder of the season, and first up at a play-off chasing Swindon side who impressed despite losing 3-2 at Molineux earlier in the campaign.

“I wouldn’t call two points daylight!” said Jackett.

“We haven’t generally been top during the season.

“It was goal difference last week and it’s nice to go top on points although it’s not necessarily a lot different because of the amount of games we’ve got coming up and how the situation could change.

“It’s about putting some consistent results together.

“Including Walsall yesterday we have a lot of away games coming up and Swindon is one of them.

“They are all going to be tough games – Swindon, Stevenage, Crawley, all of them.

“Swindon are a very good footballing side with a very strong midfield and will be relishing Wolves coming to town on Tuesday night.

“Like all managers and head coaches,  I will be hoping that we can come away and settle the side down and keep everyone fit.”

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