Jack­ett’s boys seek to make it a hat-trick

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEWS - By Syd Phillips

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.”

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