Kenny Jackett today backed Wolves to cope with the latest ‘direct hit’ set to come from Stevenage on Saturday.
The Molineux head coach was heartened by how his players stood up to Bradford’s bombardment in last Saturday’s 2-1 win after labelling Phil Parkinson’s outfit the most direct they have faced this season.
And while respecting a teamwho have reeled off four wins in their last five outings, he is confident Wolves can handle a second successive uncompromising challenge this weekend.
“Stevenage will be a big threat at set-pieces and it will be a big day for them coming to Wolves,” said Jackett. “But last Saturday’s game was as direct as any team has been against us this season. Mainly it was all directed through James Hanson, who is a big target man, and, in the second half, Nahki Wells was impressive when he had four shots.
“It was a very direct test on a heavy pitch at a tight, passionate ground against a team putting the ball into a big centre-forward from all angles and then playing off that.
“That said, our record and our points total and the way we’ve overcome it has been very good.
“It’s certainly not been easy, and it won’t be easy going forwards to earn the points we want to get promoted. Stevenage have just had two good wins against Crewe away and Crawley at home. They’re a very hardworking side who are very committed and won’t be easy.”
With most teams in League One playing passing football from the back, Jackett believes the direct style of football is dying out.
“There aren’t many sides playing like that in this division, which shows you how things have changed,” he said. “League One has moved away from a direct style of football in the last few years.”
Saturday’s meeting will be the first between the sides, with Stevenage a non-league outfit until 2009 – when Wolves were last promoted to the Premier League.
But Jackett insisted there can be no thoughts of complacency. “We have to be motivated and look after our own performance,” he said. “It will be down to us and how well we prepare.”