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10:00 17th March 2014

Batth backs Wolves to push on

Danny Batth knew the potential push for promotion from Sky Bet League One would never be smooth sailing.

And he says Wolves must react quickly after a goalless draw at home to Shrewsbury signalled the end of the record-breaking nine match winning run.

Wolves head the league table by just one point from Brentford, and now face successive difficult away games at Crawley tomorrow (7.45pm) and then FA Cup semi finalists Sheffield United on Saturday (1.25pm).

“It is down to us,” says the ever present defender, who captained the team in the absence of Samuel Ricketts on Saturday.

"We have got enough games left to really kick on and maybe go on another run.

“We must put this behind us and focus on finishing the season in the right manner.

“It’s about getting a collective push with everyone sticking together.

“It is not going to be smooth and easy-coasting all the way through.

“We have to react quickly and make sure we set off right tomorrow at Crawley.”

Ricketts’ absence meant the first change in what has been a hugely successful Wolves’ back-line since defeat at Gillingham on January 3rd.

But the right back position is one of many where Wolves have good strength in depth, and a combination of Ethan Ebanks-Landell and Matt Doherty helped the team register another clean sheet.

“It is all about keeping concentration and we have managed to keep another clean sheet on Saturday,” said Batth.

“They had a few chances but we had a look at the stats after the game and we had enough ourselves.

“Sam has been excellent but we have a good squad and are particularly strong at right-back with ‘Doc’ (Doherty) and Ethan (Ebanks-Landell) waiting.  

“It’s a matter of the lads who aren’t in the team being ‘ready to go’ to have the impact they did today.

“There is a lot of games coming up but we know what is ahead of us and we are paid to recover in time and play Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday.

“It will be the same for the teams we are playing, so it is just a matter of getting legs rested.

“The squad is important throughout the season. The lads on the outside are all itching to play and looking to contribute and it is a very competitive squad.”

In terms of Saturday’s game itself, the 23-year-old Academy scholar admits it is up to Wolves to come up with answers when faced with a resolute side like Shrewsbury who defended well and looked to counter on the break.

He says:  “It was a home game and we had to do what we could to beat them and at the same time keep the goals out of our net.

“We did keep them out but on the attacking side we maybe need a more clinical edge.

“They had a game plan and they’ve come to our place and they’ve seen it out.

“It is up to us to come up with ideas and in the future be able to break teams like that down and get a win.

“Shrewsbury are fighting for their lives, so they’ll do whatever they have to do - slow it down, break it up - we have got to come up with answers.

“We also have to stay together as a group and not get too disappointed and move onto the next game.

“They are coming thick and fast now, we are in the business end of the season and now go to Crawley on Tuesday.”

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