Kenny Jackett today geared up for tonight’s David vs Goliath showdown, with the Wolves boss warning Walsall are “coming to knock us off our perch.”
The Molineux head coach kicked off the club’s double derby week admitting the Saddlers and Shrewsbury will revel in their underdog status in the League One clashes.
“They want to knock us off our perch,” said Jackett, whose team are seeking their sixth straight league win tonight. “It sets Wolves up as the big club and Walsall and Shrewsbury as the smaller ones, the underdogs. It does change the dynamic because we have to be ready for that and be aware of it.”
But Jackett insisted his players are well aware of how wound up the opposition will be.
“We’ve been aware of that all season,” he said.
“We know the motivation of the opposition is very high – it’s something we talk about to a degree, but then we have to get our own performances right.”
Wolves have rattled in 16 goals in winning their last six games including the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie against tonight’s opponents.
And Jackett has vowed to carry on attacking.
“We’re setting out to attack and there are a high number of chances being created at both ends,” he said. “I’m sure that will continue.
“We realise our job is to win, but they’re exciting and entertaining games.
Wolves are expecting a seasonal-best crowd of around 22,000 for tonight’s derby – as they reminded fans the game is all-ticket, with no cash admission.
The club have issued a plea to supporters to arrive early due to the potential for significant delays for those leaving it until the last minute.
As well as rush-hour traffic before the match, there will be some road restrictions after the game.
Walsall have almost sold out of their allocation of 2,300 seats in the bottom tier of the Steve Bull Stand, helping to attract the biggest gate of the season.
In a statement to fans, the club said: “Wolves have reminded their supporters they can buy online and upload access to their smartcards or print their ticket at home, all without a booking fee.Supporters are being told to expect delays if they are attempting to buy at the ticket office at the last minute.”