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Up For The Cup!


14:38 8th November 2013

Kenny keen to make progress

Kenny Jackett reached the FA Cup Final as a player – for Watford against Everton in 1984 – and the semi final as a manager, for Millwall last season.

And while Wolves’ Head Coach knows the main item on the agenda at Molineux is a push for promotion, he would love another run in the famous old competition.

Oldham are the first round opponents in the FA Cup with Budweiser at Boundary Park tomorrow (3pm), with Jackett expecting a difficult challenge as Wolves play at this stage for the first time in 25 years.

“The FA Cup still has an attraction,” says Jackett.

“No doubt about it our aim this year is to get promotion.

“But we go up to Oldham wanting to win in the FA Cup.

“It is a side in our league and we have to go there again this season and it is a one off game and will be a difficult game and we understand that.

“But with the potential of internationals to follow we want to keep our run going.

“And the FA Cup is still a fantastic competition in which it is exciting to be involved.

“Last year we managed to get Millwall through to a semi final at Wembley which was great for the club.

“Times may have changed and with the implementation of the Premier League and how competitive the structure is below it, the thinking has changed on the cup competitions.

“That may be the case with the players as well but I still think it is the best competition in the country, maybe even the world.

“At one stage the FA Cup was probably above the league – the league was the bread and butter and the cup was the cake.

“That is something that we should really look forward to and try to do our best in.

“It is a tough draw as Oldham are such a good cup team who have produced major shocks down the years and added to that with Liverpool last season.”

Kevin McDonald is still unlikely to feature due to his hamstring injury while Jackett must decide whether to risk Matt Doherty who has returned to training after a similar problem.

Having made plenty of changes in both the Capital One Cup and Johnstone’s Paint Trophy this season, the Head Coach is mulling over a more settled line-up this time around.

He added:  “We want to win as many games as possible but cup competitions haven’t been good for us so far.

“Generally when I’ve changed things for those cup competitions the changes have maybe made the team disjointed.

“So I will try to keep things going as consistently as I can.

“I think there will be one or two changes from Tuesday night.

“I am hopeful that Matt Doherty will be back but we will see whether it is a case of risking him.

“I also do feel that somewhere along the line some fresh legs will help the team rather than it be the other way around where I just want to look at people as I have in other competitions.

“My team selection will be quite consistent, which it hasn’t been for other cup games, and if I change anyone it will be freshness and more energy in that area.”


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