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Kenny Jackett eyes record haul for Wolverhampton Wanderers

21 April 2014

Kenny Jackett wants his Wolverhampton Wanderers side to set a new record in Sky Bet League 1.

A 3-1 win at Leyton Orient left Wanderers on the verge of clinching the title but boss Jackett says they can achieve even more.

"Winning the title has been our aim along but we have the added incentive of a record if we can get to 102 points which would be fantastic for all of us at the club," he said.

Wolves looked in total control after first-half goals from Richard Stearman and Bakary Sako.

Orient stepped up their game after the interval, though, and within two minutes Dean Cox had pulled a goal back.

Wolves keeper Carl Ikeme was then forced to pull off a series of outstanding saves to deny the home side an equaliser before, deep into added time, substitute James Henry set the seal on the outcome with strike from 25 yards.

"To beat Rotherham and Leyton Orient over this weekend was superb, although I felt our goalkeeper was man of the match today," added Jackett.

"It was a terrific performance from Carl Ikeme and to be honest, we've not really needed him too much in recent months because he hasn't been that busy but we really did need him today.

"He proved what he is and that's a top-class goalkeeper. From being 2-0 up with so long to go, it proved to be a very hard game for usknowing that it would be such a key win if we could get it in our hunt for the title. But we scored some cracking goals and we were clinical in front of goal.

"There were things we could have done better but whatever, we are on 99 points and 102 points will set a new record I understand. So yes, if that record is there, then we'll be going for it.

"We can then start planning and looking at Championship football with a very positive club and hopefully with momentum. If we can achieve what we want, it will leave us with a nice feeling going into the summer.

"Up until the turn of the year, I don't think our play was fantastic but we were competing but since the turn of the year, the quality of our football has been very good."

Orient boss Russell Slade, whose side have to settle for a place in the play-offs, acknowledged the efforts of his players.

"I thought that we were excellent in defeat," he said. "For 35 minutes in the second period, it was as good as we've played all season bearing in mind we were up against a team that are going to win the title and we've absolutely dominated. How the ball stayed out the back of the net in that time, I don't know.

"We were unfortunate with one that hit the back of the net in the second half and a penalty decision that the officials got wrong between them was very frustrating.

"Everyone in the Play-Offs will want to play us, we are the smallest club with the smallest budget and the smallest squad. They will think that's the way through through to the final of the Play-Offs in League 1 but we are ready for a fight and we'll play anybody.

"Let's hope the people in the middle make the right decisions. We play to make it a fair game because that's all we want, a fair contest.

"Now it's time for us to draw breath and start preparing and make sure we leave no stone unturned and make sure we are ready and right for the play-offs."


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