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Ricketts: "We'll Be Ready"


10:42 10th February 2014

Skipper set for busy period

Skipper Samuel Ricketts admitted it was disappointing to see Saturday’s game with Stevenage postponed – but has vowed Wolves will be ready for the congested fixture list which could prove the “defining point” in the season.

Saturday’s game was one of three postponed in Sky Bet League One, and both clubs are now discussing where to reschedule in a fixture list which is already looking packed from March onwards.

But, given the top six have now all played the same number of games albeit with several fixtures being played this midweek, Ricketts is confident Wolves will be able to cope with what lies ahead, and in particular with the month of March which already contains eight matches.

“It was disappointing because we wanted to play and try and keep our good run going,” Ricketts says of Saturday’s postponement.

“We were on the bus ready to go and you’re thinking about the game and are prepared for the game.

“It happens though – there is nothing we could do about it.

“We just have to make sure we are ready for the games coming up and what is going to be a busy period looking further ahead.

“We are fortunate here to have a good squad, facilities at the training ground and staff who will make sure that the month of March, with eight games, is a productive one for us.

“Coming so close to the end of the season it could be a defining period for us.

“Everyone understands that we will be playing Saturday-Tuesday for maybe four or five weeks on the bounce and at that stage of the season with everyone’s fitness levels you don’t train all that much anyway.

“Hopefully we will have built up some momentum to carry us on.

“We have got a good squad here, players who are waiting their chance on the bench and others who don’t even get into the matchday squad.

“All those players are capable of playing and performing well and it’s going to be a case of utilising everything at our disposal to finish the season strongly.”

With both Wolves, leaders Brentford and fifth-placed Rotherham all seeing their games called off at the weekend, fourth placed Preston and now sixth-placed Peterborough were the main winners.

Posh’s late win at Leyton Orient meant the Londoners were unable to leapfrog back over Wolves into second, but they could still do so should they pick up a point or more at home to Bristol City tomorrow night.

And that is why Ricketts is not going to be looking too closely at all the various permutations, believing it is in Wolves’ hands to ensure they pick up enough points to secure promotion.

He added:  “What we have said all along is that we look out for other team’s results like everyone does.

“But at the end of the day it is about what we do and looking after our own results.

“We have an idea of what is needed and it’s in our hands in terms of getting the points required to win promotion.”

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