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Kenny Jackett counting down to Wolverhampton Wanderers promotion

5 April 2014

Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Kenny Jackett has vowed to bring the good times back to Molineux after his table-topping side moved a massive step closer to promotion following an impressive Sky Bet League One victory against Peterborough United.

Danny Batth put Wanderers in front with a 48th-minute header and Dave Edwards made the game safe from close range midway through the second half.

It was Wolves' 13th win in their last 16 games and their 23rd clean sheet in the league this season - equalling a club record set during the 1923-24 campaign.

Barring a mathematical miracle in terms of goal difference they are now two wins from promotion back to the Championship following successive relegations.

Jackett said: "We hope we can get promotion this season, that is our aim.

"Once we have made that step hopefully we can build on it. That is what we are looking to do.

"We are trying to build something positive here after a couple of negative seasons and we have taken good strides to doing that but how to achieve our goal of winning promotion is to break it down and work out how we are going to win our next game.

"Mathematically we need 96 points to go up and we will be attacking every game and getting as many points as we can.

"Every win at this stage is a big step. When you are down to single figures in games if you can maintain that gap or improve it then they are big steps. This was a big step.

"We have been thinking about promotion from day one. It has been our aim all the way through but then you need to go one stage further and say how are you going to do that.

"If you keep staring at the table and don't concentrate on your football then the likelihood is that you won't do well enough to be able to get the points.``

Jackett added: "It was a great win against Peterborough. I thought we played very well. The performance was good.

``I felt that we deserved to win with two good goals and after two tough away games I thought we were back to our best.

"We dominated the ball and we dominated possession because that leads to clean sheets and scoring goals."

Despite the setback, Peterborough remain well set to secure a place in the play-offs but Posh boss Darren Ferguson, who spent five years at Wolves as a player between 1994 and 1999, admitted that his side had been beaten by the better team.

``They were the better team. We were nowhere near them,`` said Ferguson, whose side defeated Chesterfield at Wembley last weekend to lift the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

"You have to give them credit for that. That is why they are top of the league and that is why they will probably go on and win the league.

"We made it easy for them and it was probably one of the more comfortable days that they have had.

"That is a huge disappointment because we came here expecting to give them a game and on our top form we would have. But we were nowhere near that.

"The key to the game, and it always will be for us, is if you keep giving the ball back to the opposition then you are not going to win.

"Our performance was not good enough to win at Wolves - that is the bottom line.

"I have great trust in my players but perhaps I should have changed the team as the season tells me that we haven't got the consistency to do two, three or four games.

"Perhaps it a case of continually changing my team to the end of the season.

"You have to give credit to Wolves. They are a good team with a manager who knows the league well. But I was disappointed that we did not give them more of a game. It was far too

comfortable for them."

Peterborough now host Gillingham on Tuesday night and a win would move them six points clear in the final play-off spot.

Ferguson added: "We have to stay positive and move on to Tuesday. That is a huge game.

"If we win that we are six points ahead and if we get that it is probably the biggest gap we have had in a while.

"It is a big opportunity and one that we can't waste. Tuesday is a big, big game."


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