Kenny Jackett will not be reading too much into Peterborough’s recent form as he prepares for a “vital” game with one of Wolves’ competitors at London Road tomorrow (3pm).
After a blistering start to the Sky Bet League One season, Posh have lost their last five in the league either side of a couple of cup victories, but Jackett expects them to come good again in the battle for promotion.
And that is why he wants his team to once again show plenty of spirit and heart on the road to try and ensure the revival doesn’t start tomorrow.
“I am sure Peterborough will want to bounce back and they have an opportunity against the league leaders,” says the Head Coach.
“Pressure is the wrong word but those are the circumstances we are in – we’re a big club and it’s a big day for everyone we play against.
“We’ve been in that situation in every single away game where it’s an old-fashioned cup tie atmosphere in the ground and that is great.
“I wouldn’t put it as a pressure because that’s the wrong word but it’s about making sure we’re not naïve, that we know what’s coming at us and being ready for it and ready to overcome it.
"We will always respect the opposition and do our homework and Peterborough have some talented individuals.
“But it is also about ourselves and our own development and we want to keep on with that competitive spirit and build on it with quality.
"Peterborough are a wounded animal and we have to beware but we can’t focus too much on the opposition.
“We have to go and relish what is a very big challenge for us tomorrow.
“We go there on top of the table and shouldn’t be frightened of that - we should be looking forward to it and enjoying it.”
After two successive home games in which Wolves have shown plenty of quality and cohesion in their football, the challenge now is to produce that on the road where the team have produced plenty of excellent results so far this season.
“We have shown good spirit and heart and defended well all season,” he added.
“You should never underestimate spirit and when it’s not there you can really see it in a team.
“When you are not playing your best and things aren’t going great you always have to try and stay competitive and not fall away.
“We have tried to be more cohesive and have a good pattern and I do think that is coming.
“It is not something we can just say is there – we have to continually work at it.
“You want to try to carry on playing away from home as we have done with plenty of commitment, effort and pride in the shirt.
“They are the basics that you need right the way through and, away from home, you have to dig in at times.
“That is what we expect at our club and if you want to be successful you have to have that heart as well as quality and we will need that in abundance at Peterborough.”
Whilst Wolves do head into the game on top of the league, it has been a fair old battle to get there, and Jackett doesn’t expect that situation changing.
He added: “It’s not been an easy ride for us and we’ve had to earn everything we’ve got so far and so we must bear that in mind.
“Secondly, all we’ve done so far is give ourselves a good platform.
“We’re in a good position – we’re not a Bristol City or a Sheffield United who are chasing.
“We can turn around and for the rest of the season say, ‘it’s up to us what we do’.
“We don’t have to rely on anyone else falling away.
“So that’s a good position to be in and now as a club we have to capitalise on that.”
*Tomorrow's game is strictly all ticket and a sellout for Wolves fans who are urged not to travel to the stadium without a ticket.