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Kenny Jackett eyes promotion after Wolves' derby win

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Kenny Jackett today declared promotion is in Wolves' grasp after they joined the record set.

Saturday's 3-0 win at Walsall put Wolves two points clear at the top of League One and was their eighth successive victory, equalling the club record last achieved in November 1988.

A sixth consecutive clean sheet made it 606 minutes without conceding and is the second-best run of shut-outs next to Wolves' record eight ended in October 1982.

"With 13 games left we need to keep focusing, but it's in our own hands," said head coach Jackett. "No-one has got away from us and it's up to us to decide our fate."

Jackett welcomes any records that come Wolves' way but is far more interested in keeping the players concentrating on the task of promotion.

"If along the way you pick up some records, that's an added bonus to look back on and be very proud of," he said. "But it's a hard equation to win games regularly.

"Anyone can do it on a one-off basis, but if you want to be in that top two you have to be consistent.

"That's particularly the case with the top of League One as it is. A high points total is needed to get promotion this year. I wouldn't call two points daylight, but it's not necessarily a lot different because of the games coming up and how it could change. It's about putting some consistent results together."

Saturday's game kicked off a spell of nine in 28 days, with Swindon next tomorrow. Jackett added: "It's going to really test our squad but we have to be determined. This period will have a big bearing on how we're going to do this season."

Nouha Dicko's brace took his tally to six in seven games and Jackett believes the French striker has given Wolves an extra dimension. "His goals have been important – but he also has good pace and strength which has given another dimension to our frontline," he said . "Our football has been good, but he's a constant threat."

"I've tried to sign him at different times, and at 21, he's a constant threat and a good finisher, and he gets in the six-yard box where the good goalscorers are."

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