Kenny Jackett is urging Wolves not to let the good work of the first two thirds of the season go to waste as they prepare for Saturday’s top-of-the-table clash at Sky Bet League One leaders Brentford.
Leyton Orient’s 2-0 win against Stevenage last night saw Wolves drop back into third place in the table, on the same points as Orient with two games in hand.
Brentford are two points clear at the top and Jackett is keen to ensure Wolves don’t drop off the pace as they continue the bid to finish in the top two come the end of the season.
“We want promotion and we have a chance now,” says the Head Coach.
“In the first two thirds of the season – we’ve had 30 games and have 48 points left to play for – we have given ourselves a chance and a platform to go off.
“If we are looking at other big clubs then Sheffield United and Bristol City are looking to survive to fight another day and another season.
“We are in a good position and need to make sure we capitalise on that.
“To get to 64 points after 30 games is a good achievement and it would be a shame to throw that away.
“We need to make sure we see the job through and capitalise on a good chance with the opportunity we have given ourselves.”
Whilst the quality of Wolves’ football has certainly improved as the season has gone on and the team has evolved, a constant has been the firm foundations provided by an excellent defensive record.
Jackett believes that is partly down to the competition for places among the Wolves’ back-line, but equally the team as a whole all knowing their jobs.
He added: “We do work on it (defensive play) as we do on all aspects of our game.
“We do work on defending and there is good competition for places in that area.
“In our goalkeeping and defensive positions there has been very good competition for places all season.
“In front of that we have had some changes with the midfield with Davis and Evans starting the season and has then developed through Dave Edwards onto Jack Price with Kevin McDonald.
“I think we know our jobs and are structured and organised but good competition for the back positions has certainly helped.
“Everyone has to work as well throughout the team.
“There are high expectations at a club like this in League One and players have to reach certain standards not just in quality but in attitude and workrate as well.
“That is expected from Wolves and rightly so.”