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'Tons' Of Competition

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11:33 18th March 2014

Jackett praise for support

Kenny Jackett says any of the Sky Bet League One pace-setters may yet hit the 100-point mark this season.

And the Head Coach admits even that may not be enough!

With 77 points from 35 games ahead of tonight’s trip to Crawley, Wolves need to slightly nudge over a two-point-a-game average to record their first ever ton.

But Jackett is aware that remains a tough proposition particularly with these next two away games, tonight at a Crawley side boasting only one defeat in ten and then on Saturday at a Sheffield United team unbeaten in 11.

“We’d need 23 points from 11 games to reach 100 points,” said Jackett.

“It’s not inconceivable somebody is going to get there, or two sides will.

“They say two points a game will get you promotion and we have to be aiming for two points a game.

“Can we get another 23? If we got 100 points and didn’t go up you’d be very unlucky or disappointed and perhaps both.

“They (Leyton Orient and Brentford) are both very good sides in what they’ve done so far and their ability to go on. It’s a very good race.”

Jackett has plenty of respect for tonight’s opponents and their manager John Gregory.

Crawley, before Gregory’s arrival, ran Wolves close at Molineux before Leigh Griffiths’ late penalty winner, and the former Villa boss has helped them into a good run of form in recent weeks.

“It will be a totally different game from playing Shrewsbury at home,” says Jackett. 

“Crawley will feel they have an outside chance of the play-offs, and they have a very experienced manager.

 “They have a lot of games in hand and will be having a run at it.

“And quite rightly so as well because they were one of the sides at that start of the year when they changed manager their Board of Directors said their expectation was the top six.

“That’s where they want to go. So they’ll be thinking if they can get some momentum and get a run going they can have a run at the top six which has been the club’s aspirations all year.

“So for us it will be a different type of game than Shrewsbury. Crawley I think will be all out in trying to attack us.”

Wolves will again be backed by a sellout away following, 1940 making the long trip on a midweek night.

That level of support continues to inspire both Jackett and his players, with yesterday’s sellout of approximately 8,800 for the trip to MK Dons on the final weekend of the month just another example of the fans’ backing.

Jackett added: “That type of response to MK is something I haven’t seen before.”

“We’re really appreciative and it’s really up to us now to keep our foot on the accelerator and make sure we don’t leave anything out there in terms of our effort and application.

“The support we’ve had has been fantastic and it will be the same this week with Crawley and Sheffield United – we’ll get good support and we’ve got to make sure we keep rewarding the people following us and backing us.

“It shows the tremendous potential of the club to attract that amount of interest - for a club in League One is fantastic.

“Big clubs such as Leeds and Nottingham Forest have been well supported at this level but it’s a tremendous response and myself, the staff and the players have been very appreciative of the support we’ve had.

“That’s another fantastic example of the backing we’ve had.”

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