Kenny Jackett: Wolves are a match for Cardiff

Boss Kenny Jackett today backed Wolves to survive their biggest and most physical test of the season against Cardiff tomorrow.

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The Bluebirds come to Molineux second in the early table with boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looking to make it four games unbeaten in the Championship.

Head coach Jackett is expecting a bruising encounter against three-goal Kenwyne Jones and Co.

Jackett said: "Looking at the way they’ve started, this will be as big as anything we have faced and you wouldn’t bet against them being right up there at the end.

“They’ll be strong, hard to score against and they’re good in both boxes so they’ll take some stopping.

“They have the two best headers of a ball in the division in Sean Morrison and Kenwyne Jones.

“They’ll be bigger, stronger and more powerful than Fulham and in every position, they have a very good, established Championship player at least.”

But Jackett is keen to see how his confident side come through it as they bid to make it three wins out of three against relegated Premier League opposition, following Wednesday’s controlled 1-0 win at Fulham.

He said: "I have got confidence in the players we have got. I feel in terms of what they did last season, I had every confidence they could do well again this season.

“We want to put on a really good show for our home supporters. We have to earn their respect and backing but we can do that with a good performance and a good result.”

Jackett again stressed Wolves won’t be throwing around the chequebook.

He said: "It’s never easy to win games or score goals and those things aren’t going to go away by waving the chequebook around.

“Fulham haven’t got a point and have only scored once, and they spent £11m on a striker.

“Are we looking to strengthen? Of course we are.”

Former Wolves striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake is training with group three as a favour.

Jackett said: "His agent asked me if he could train for a few days, which as an ex-player, we’re happy to let him. It’s just doing him a favour at present as he tries to get fit.”

Wolves are set to make a decision on freed Manchester City centre-back George Swan after a two-week trial. Recent trialist Max Clayton has joined Bolton on a similar basis.

Comments for: "Kenny Jackett: Wolves are a match for Cardiff"

Solentwolves

Ref. Cardiff - the last Norwegian manager we had at the Mol was unsuccessful (unfortunately for us), so I am assuming that trend will continue when Ole comes to town, only this time we will benefit. UTW

Black Country Wanderer

The main reason SS failed was half the team refused to play for him,hence most of this third squad appearing

Personally i thought his thinking was spot on,just in the wrong place at the wrong time,his buys were not that bad,although derided on here, a mixture of injury and bad luck,plus very little game time has not helped any of them

Cardiff will be a tough test and a good mark as to where we are,2 good wins and an unlucky defeat is a good start, and better than i thougt we would have i must admit

KJ has faith in his squad and justifiably so, just need that depth added and we could be a surprise package this season,well at least to me lol

Solentwolves

Sorry BCW, I didn't intend to be so glib - there are others on here who do humour so much better than I do. At the time, I was behind Stale, and disappointed for him when it didn't work out. You make fair points. Regarding tomorrow and Cardiff, I totally agree with you.

chris h

Kenny mentions McCormack's poor return but his own target Wilson has got 3 in 3 games. Dicko's pace is a vital weapon for us, along with both wingers. but we need our striker to start scoring otherwise as the season progresses a lack of goals will prove costly. The thing with Wilson is he has pace and is scoring, no doubt that is why Kenny wanted him. He has gone elsewhere now, and hopefully Dicko will start coming up with the necessary goals, as from tomorrow.

Farmer Ted

I just hope KJ and his staff keep a watchful eye on Ebanks-Blake whilst he's training right under their noses. IF he has the required fitness and IF there are no longer term problems after that last injury surely there is nobody with a better Championship goal scoring pedigree. He's only 28!

Albrightondek

The match tomorrow will indeed be our biggest test. So far we've beaten the other two relegated teams from the premiership, but Cardiff will be tough for all sorts of reasons.

Cardiff are quite rightly one of the favourites for promotion. They have a lot of good players plus a very good up and coming manager. This will be a stern test for Stearman and Batth as the aerial battle might well determine the outcome. If our two defenders can neutralise Cardiff's threat in the air, Wolves can win the game on the break.

Farmer Ted

A'Dek, think the match can be won by what has become one of Wolves strengths; closing down wide and midfield to keep crosses and long balls to a minimum, but you're right this one won't be easy.

chris h

FT I think the test will come from set pieces. Whittingham has excellent delivery .

Wolfmaster2000

We should smash these conference bound cloggers at least 6 or 7, preferably 8 or 9 nil.

Put it like this, if we are not 4 - nil up at half time, I will be booing them off.

Stokewolf64

WolfmasterAge14

If that was meant to be a joke, haha...

As for you booing them off at halftime, you won't, cos you won't be there will you?

Back to School soon?

UTW

Belper wolf

Farmer ted concerned about your comment on e-banks lets go forward not back

Farmer Ted

Belper, I emphasised IF.

If SEB is fit and well and training in our own back yard it would be madness to ignore him. I hope KJ is not that prejudiced he can't see that. He gave Doyle and Siggy a chance.

SEB is 28 years old! If he can score HALF the goals he did before how can that be going backwards? If he's fit offer him a short term contract.

KJ brought Clarke back!

It won't happen.

Chillo Wolf

Great test for us tomorrow against one of the early pace setters and one of the favourites for promotion

We go into the game full of confidence with players who can really hurt teams - Sako, RVLP, Dicko

Personally i'd like to see Jacobs get in on the action but his time will surely come as it's a very long season.

Home form will be key if we have hopes of promotion ourselves so lets see what happens

I'd love Dicko to get off the mark in the league - come on son!!!

As always ... In Kenny we Trust

mardygit

Wolfmaster 2000, I remember the fifties when we used to take them to the cleaners home and away. They had players like Trevor Ford, Gerry Hitchens (who later played for England and played in Italy) playing for them, I am looking forward to this encounter. COME ON WOLVES.

Farmer Ted

Mardygit, I remember one Christmas ( I think) watching TV as a boy seeing Wolves had scored 9 (Nine) at Ninian Park.

No Sweat

Farmer, Wolves won 9-1 at Ninian Park on 3 September 1955. Hat-tricks for Roy Swinbourne and Johnny Hancocks. Happy days!

Old Gold Heart

It is still our biggest away win. I think this is the real benchmark test for us this season. if we avoid defeat we will have had a cracking start to a tough season. The way the team is playing means we will not go down and we are in with a shout of the top ten and maybe even top six. It is great to watch us play the best football we have played in probably 40 years.

Stokewolf64

NoSweat, OGH.. I'll be really happy with a clean sheet today, and if we can continue to play the possession football that we have so far, I'm confident we will score..

Big atmosphere needed today, so let's hope we keep them quiet on and off the pitch.

UTW