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Tough Test


13:17 24th January 2014

Wolves welcome improving City


Kenny Jackett will not be reading anything into Bristol City’s league position and expects a tough test against Steve Cotterill’s improving team at Molineux tomorrow (3pm).

The Robins arrive at Molineux on the back of a five-game unbeaten run in Sky Bet League One, having enjoyed an upturn in results since Cotterill took the helm.

While Jackett has been surprised to see City struggle from the start of the season having been relegated along with Wolves last year, he says it once again shows up the strength of the division.

“Bristol City have definitely picked up,” says the Head Coach.

“They are fighting relegation but are a genuinely big club in League One with a good following.

“It has been a tough season for them but I do think they are fast improving and are a genuinely big club at this level.

“I am surprised to see them where they are and felt they would be challenging and doing very well.

“They have got some good players as well.

“In the likes of Emmanuel-Thomas and Baldock they have undoubtedly got some punch in their front line which I am sure they are hoping will lift them up the table.

“Reid is a good young player who has come through and they have taken Osborne from my old club Millwall as a centre back.

“They have paid £300,000 for Flint from Swindon and so the pieces are there.

“For whatever reason it hasn’t quite gelled for them this season.

“I did think they would be challenging with the size of the club and their track record in this division because generally Bristol City do get going very well in League One.

“It does seem with Steve Cotterill coming in that they’ve tightened up and are heading in the right direction.”

With one of Wolves’ promotion rivals Brentford playing at home to Gillingham tonight, Jackett is aware of the need to keep pace at the top of the League One table.

But he remains focused on Wolves looking after their own business, and in particular avoiding any rustiness from a fortnight without a game.

“It is a concern because we don’t want to be third in the league, we want to be first or second, there’s no doubt about it,” he said.

“But we have 20 games to do something about it.

“We’re five points off the top, four points off the top two and we’re chasing them.

“At least we know where we are because all of the games are in synch now.

“We played very well on the day against Preston and I was pleased with the result.

“Performances have been good recently and it is a frustration that it seems a long time ago that particular game and we’ve had to wait two weeks.

“It is what it is, and at least after that we have a game on the Tuesday as well and we can really get back into it.”

Jackett has both Ethan Ebanks-Landell and Jack Price available again after their recent knee injuries, while Matt Doherty is also closer to contention after coming through his second comeback match for the Under-21s on Monday night.

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