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08:00 4th April 2014

Batth relishing crucial run-in

The circumstances may have been different – but Danny Batth is well versed in helping a big club to promotion from Sky Bet League One.

And that is why he is keeping feet firmly on the ground and doing everything possible to ensure the good work carried out this season does not go to waste over the final six games of the season.

Batth was a mainstay of the Sheffield Wednesday squad who came up on the rails to depose a Sheffield United side including Kevin McDonald to secure promotion to the Championship two years ago.

It’s fair to say he is now keen to add a second promotion to his CV in the coming weeks.

“It was a bit different with Sheffield Wednesday because we were in third position for a long time and then nicked it on the last day of the season,” says Batth.

“Obviously Kev was on the other side missing out on the last day.

“For me now it is about making sure I am part of the team that gets there and can then kick on.

“It was still a pressure situation being involved in a push for promotion to try and bring some success to a big club.

“But it’s a situation that I relish.

“Getting promotion was a big achievement for me on a personal level and obviously it would be great to do that with Wolves.

“I’m looking at it like a mini-league over these final six games.

“We have got ourselves into a good position but that is all it is at the moment – there is still enough points available for anything to happen.

“If you think of what happened to Brentford last season then we know that there is no chance of anyone here getting carried away.

“We need to keep our foot on the gas with whichever eleven start the games and with everyone else helping to push the team over the line.

“When you think how heart-breaking it would be to miss out and all the hard work that might go to waste then that spurs you on as well.

“We know the opportunity that is there in front of us and have to stay professional and be positive about these final six games.”

Wolves return to Molineux against Peterborough tomorrow (3pm) after two hard-fought games at MK Dons and Stevenage.

Liam McAlinden’s crucial late header was the only goal of those two games, bringing Wolves four points and two more shutouts to take the number of league clean sheets this season to 22.

“I think form goes out of the window at this stage of the season particularly when you have got teams fighting for their lives like Stevenage are,” says Batth.

“I think we have done well to go away to MK Dons and Stevenage and come back with four points from the two games.

“I spoke to Liam about Stevenage because he’d been there with Shrewsbury already this season.

“He said it was a completely different performance from Stevenage than against us, and Shrewsbury won there 3-1.

“That shows the motivation levels of the teams playing against us wanting to spoil our fun!

“It has been a tricky season in that respect in terms of it being teams’ cup finals and having full grounds and bringing lots of fans to Molineux.

“But it is something to enjoy.

“I think our fans have warmed to the league and have got behind us wherever we have been as you can see particularly from the numbers at MK Dons.

“It felt like we were playing at Wembley with our fans having both tiers for half of the ground and it was a brilliant day.

“It was even better when we got the goal to win the game!

“I think the team and the fans have grown together and it has been a really special season so far in terms of the support.

“The clean sheets are an added bonus for myself and the lads.

“That makes sure we are not going to lose but also gives us an opportunity to get all three points as was seen when Liam came up with the goal at MK Dons.

“That has been the story for much of the season with the number of clean sheets we have got – it’s been about building from the back and getting that solid base.”

There are one or two familiar in the Peterborough squad well known to Batth, including Mark Little, who is enjoying a good season in the Posh defence.

“I’m still in touch with Litts and he’s been doing really well lately,” says Batth.

“It will be good to see him on Saturday – although hopefully not too good!

“I won’t be speaking to him or having any banter beforehand – the phone will be off!

“Peterborough will have the wind in their sails after a Wembley cup win and they still have a lot to play for themselves.

“There are a couple of lads who have been at Wolves as well who will be looking forward to being back at Molineux.

“From our point of view we also want to put things right from the away game when we should have got a better result.”

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