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Jermaine Pennant: Wolves will go straight up

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Jermaine Pennant today flashed a bullish message to fans when he tipped Wolves to win automatic promotion this season.


The Molineux masses were left frustrated at Bolton's last-gasp equaliser on Tuesday and Wolves return to face their home support tomorrow for the visit of Charlton knowing fans will be anxious for a return to winning ways after one point from the last six.

The 2-2 draw against the Trotters was the latest home giveaway to make it seven points lost at Molineux from winning positions this season after Derby and Crystal Palace.

But on-loan Stoke winger Pennant believes Stale Solbakken's side can improve on their sixth-placed position as the season goes on and even repeat their 2008-09 Championship title-winning success.

"Promotion is definitely within our grasp and I wouldn't rule out winning the league or finishing second either," the 29-year-old told the Express & Star.

"The players here are very decent in terms of quality. I think Wolves are up there with the biggest in this league and their position will reflect that."

Pennant reinforced his confidence about his temporary team when he tweeted after the Huddersfield game: "Without a doubt Wolves will be promoted."

Charlton were two divisions below Wolves last season and come to Molineux in 18th after two wins in 10.

Pennant believes Wolves have to beat Charlton, tweeting: "Roll on Saturday another home game and points is a must."

The former Liverpool wideman played 67 minutes on Tuesday night after a full 90 at Huddersfield last Saturday. He tired in midweek but assured fans he is increasing his match fitness all the time.

"I'm deffo looking forward to the 3 months ahead with every game I will get sharper n sharper," he tweeted.

Pennant accepts there is more pressure on him to perform given his high profile, but he insisted he can cope with the pressure.

"There are expectations – Premier League players are expected to do well in the Championship – but I'm taking it in my stride," he said.

"I'm sure I'll be highlighted more than others because of the clubs I've played for. But I know I can do it."