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We want to stay top now - Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Kenny Jackett

1 March 2014

Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Kenny Jackett is aiming to stay at the top of Sky Bet League 1 after his side hit the summit by overpowering Port Vale at Molineux.

Bakary Sako's 51st minute opener and two goals in two minutes from Nouha Dicko earned Wolves a seventh straight win - one short of equalling the club record for successive victories.

Jackett said: "It is in our own hands now and and we are pleased with that. "You are looking at the other results around us and there is not a lot of let up with good wins for Orient, Preston and Rotherham and Brentford are the ones who have drawn.

"We have to keep playing well and winning. There is no option to slacken up.

"Our aim is to stay top of the table. We want to and we have put ourselves in a good position. It is up to us. But we are not talking about a big gap or a lot of breathing space up there.

"We have to keep out foot to the accelerator as we go through a busy March. But I want to stress as well that this is an exciting period. It is not something that we should be frightened of. But we shouldn't underestimate it either.

"For us we have to try and get as many points as we can in this busy period.

"It is something we should embrace and see as a great challenge and a great opportunity to hopefully turn this into a terrific period for the club."

Jackett was pleased with the way his side saw off Vale and he added: "It was an excellent win. In the second half we were more ruthless and worked their keeper.

"Winning these last seven games is a good achievement and at the right time of the season as well.

"We have really needed that to make sure that the players believe and most importantly the crowd as well as they were terrific.

"We need the supporters to be as positive as they were here and hopefully we can keep delivering results."

Vale should have taken the lead in the 25th minute when 1 3-goal Tom Pope fired over the bar from 12 yards.

It was a costly miss and Sako finally made Wolves pressure pay before Dicko then made the game safe with a double, the first from close range before he overpowered central defender Carl Dickinson to beat Chris Neal with with a fierce drive.

Dicko should have then have set the seal on the result only to see his penalty saved by Neal in stoppage time after Chris Lines had fouled James Henry.

Vale manager Micky Adams admitted that Pope's miss was crucial.

"I was pleased with the first-half performance we got everything out of the boys that we wanted and we had the best chance," he admitted.

"But obviously once the first goal goes in it is disappointing after that.

"I think that there are key moments in games and when you are presented with a chance like we had, if you score it, it is a different game.

"Tom (Pope) doesn't need to apologise. It is a chance. He knows it. He has stuck them away in the past and he has missed them in the past. I think that is the life of a centre forward.

"In the second half we expected to be under a bit of pressure but unfortunately they got a bit of luck with their first goal and then the other two goals we can defend better.

"I just feel at the minute there is a bit of gear factor in us. Defensively I can understand it when you think of the quality of Sako and Dicko - at this level they are as good as anything you will see. We needed to cope with them better and we didn't do that in the second half.

"I always felt this was a 'free game' for us in many respects and that if we got something out of it we would have done well as they are on such a good run of form.

"Anyone coming here at this moment in time would find it very, very difficult. They do look like they are going to be promoted.

"But from our point of view our big game is Carlisle next week. It was always going to be a big game.

"We need people to stand up and be counted. My players have given their all this season and there are still some big games coming up for us.

"It is a blip at the moment. We just have to remain calm and get on with it."

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