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Still No Breathing Space


07:30 24th March 2014

Wolves hit 80 points - but far more needed

Kenny Jackett says it only needs one glance at the Sky Bet League One table to keep Wolves focused on their push for promotion as the season nears its conclusion.

Saturday’s impressive win at Sheffield United helped Wolves maintain their one-point advantage over Brentford at the top of the table, with Leyton Orient still in very close order in third.

And that is why, even with 80 points taken from the first 37 games, Jackett knows there can be no let-up.

“We’re on 80 points with nine games left,” says the Head Coach.

“But it is a great league this year!

“We are pleased to be in the race and just have to get on with what you have to get on with – there is no point moaning about it.

“At this latter stage of the season, you are sometimes looking around for a bit of a break with other results to give you some breathing space because quite frankly it hasn’t been there all season!

“For a high majority of the season we have been the side in third place and it’s only in recent weeks we have gone top.

“We will see what happens but it only takes one glance at the table to see that we still need to do a lot.

“There are still 27 points to play for and there is no gap and I don’t think there will be one.

“We have to keep concentrating on our own games and get our minds onto Colchester very quickly.

“That will be a difficult game at home.”

Where Jackett is confident is that his players won’t fall short is in terms of dealing with the pressure and expectation surrounding the final stages of the season.

He added:  “At this stage of the season the pressure is on every game – we know that.

“We are good enough to respond and I felt that on Saturday we needed to shake things up with some fresh energy and we got a good response from the players coming in.

“In terms of the team they really dug in at times and battled for each other.”

That digging in included dealing with a partisan atmosphere surrounding Sheffield United’s 125th anniversary celebrations at Bramall Lane.

And Jackett was also asked about the performance of referee Kevin Friend, with Wolves having six players booked to United’s nil, and stats showing they conceded 18 fouls to United’s three.

“Before the game the atmosphere was something that we talked about, very much so,” said Jackett.

“It was an early kick off and a celebration day and a bumper crowd.

“We brought almost 3,000 fans and they made a terrific amount of noise and really backed the players through at a difficult place to come.

“There were a lot of key decisions and tight decisions which went against us which can happen when you are an away side at a big club and one going as well as Sheffield United.

“There were a lot of very close decisions but that is the way it is at away games sometimes.

“You know that is going to happen and you have to work hard at defending and it was a fantastic clean sheet.

“I did think that a lot of decisions went against us around the halfway line and there were a lot of bookings but it is what it is.

“That is part of coming to a club where you see the potential of the place which is fantastic and to come here and win at this particular time of the season is a key one for us.”



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