Jackett’s boys seek to make it a hat-trick
WOLVES boss Kenny Jackett says the chance to win a third home game on the spin will spur them on in today’s derby against Birmingham City.
The Black Country club had gone seven matches without a win before defeating Derby County 2-1 at Molineux two weeks ago and followed that up with victory by the same score over Bristol City last Tuesday.
The latter victory was all the sweeter because Wolves’ winner from defender Matt Doherty came in stoppage time.
And Jackett hopes Wolves can send the fans home happy with a hattrick of home wins.
“This is a great game, a big game, live on television and an opportunity for us,” he said.
“We want to continue to do well, we have won the last two games at home and, if at all possible, against a very good and well-organised Birmingham side we’ll be looking to try and extend that run.
“The early kick-off does affect the mood and atmosphere in the ground, not just at Wolves but everywhere. But we adapt, we accept it and look to build up our own atmosphere.We can only do that by playing well and putting in good performances.
“I’m sure momentum helps us. Our crowd will be delighted by what they have been seeing on the pitch. They were delighted to win the last game right at the end and that’s something we want to capitalise on and take forwards.
“Birmingham have a lot of threats. They are a dangerous side and have their own ambitions and aspirations towards the top of the league, as we do as a club, and we will be very respectful of them.”
Birmingham boss Gary Rowett admits revenge is on the agenda, with Wolves having triumphed 2-0 at St Andrew’s in October.
“We lost the home game, so this one is a big one for us and the fans,” said Rowett, whose first game in charge of the Blues was a 00 draw at Wolves last season.
“It’s a huge game for the fans.
“The fact it’s a local derby adds spice to the mix and will give both teams added motivation.”