Jackett: It’ll be a big day for Stevenage coming to Wolves

Stevenage won last time out, at home to Crawley Town. Photo: Harry Hubbard

Stevenage won last time out, at home to Crawley Town. Photo: Harry Hubbard - Credit: Archant

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Kenny Jackett says it will be a ‘big day’ for Stevenage coming to face his Wolverhampton Wanderers side on Saturday.

The former Millwall boss took over as Wolves’ manager in the summer after the club suffered its second relegation in two seasons, but he has since found a winning formula and his side has picked up 10 victories from 13 League 1 matches.

This weekend Stevenage travel to Wolves on the back of an upsurge in form that has seen them win four games out of five in all competitions, and Jackett expects Boro, like the other teams in the league, to raise their game against his side.

“It’s the first time Wolves have met Stevenage because there has been quite a bit of distance between the sides in the footballing pyramid in recent years and now we’re fighting on equal footing,” Jackett told the Express and Star.

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“Graham Westley is a manager I know very well and he’s done an excellent job and really steadied Stevenage down.

“And off the back of two wins in the last two wins, I’m sure they’ll be looking to follow that up on Saturday.

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“They’ve picked up very well and it will be a big day for them coming here on Saturday.

“They’ve just had two good wins against Crewe away and Crawley at home. They’re a very hardworking side who are very committed and won’t be easy to get goals against. They will be a big threat at set-pieces and it will be a big day for them coming to Wolves.”

Asked about Wolves being ‘a big draw’ for sides, Jackett said: “I don’t think it’s better or worse for us but they’re all different games.

“Look at Bradford last Saturday – they had a big positive crowd even though their team was losing and the crowd might not be with you if their team is losing.

“But that was never going to be the case for us at Bradford because their crowd was always going to stay positive until the end.

“The opposition are always going to be very positive against us. That said, our record and our points total and the way we’ve overcome it has been very good.

“It’s certainly not been easy, and it won’t be easy going forwards to earn the points we want to get promoted.

“We have to be motivated and look after our own performance.

“In terms of the opposition, it’s maybe 25 per cent knowing what they do – their strengths and weaknesses - and respecting them and 75 per cent what we do, such as our own build-up. It will be down to us and how well we prepare and what type of quality we can produce on the day.”

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