Kenny Jackett: Wolves can end Boro woe

Boss Kenny Jackett has called for Wolves to finally put an end to their Middlesbrough hoodoo.


Wolves haven't won away at Middlesbrough since 1951 – an incredible run of 21 matches.

Jackett's team have, of course, already lost at The Riverside this season, a 3-0 defeat in the League Cup.

But the Wolves boss sees no reason why they can't stop the Boro rot tonight.

He said: "These things are meant to be broke. It's got to be broken sometime, why not on Friday night? It's a fantastic time to change that.

"It doesn't hang over the head of myself or the players, we take the game on a one-off basis.

"Meetings of the two clubs in recent years can have a bearing because as a player you have the experience of playing against the opposition."

Wolves travel north with renewed confidence after beating Derby County last weekend.

Despite having lost twice to Middlesbrough already this season, Jackett doesn't want his players to concentrate too much on the opposition.

He said: "I think you can focus too much on the opposition. You need to do your homework and be aware of their strengths.

"But, if you over-emphasise that to your players, it starts to become a negative rather than a positive.

"If the opposition become too big in their minds, then generally you don't get a good performance.

"It's about us playing well, trying to put our stamp on the game, work to our game-plan to try to win.

"They've built from the back, they have seven/eight top defenders to choose from.

"They're very hard to score against. Middlesbrough are very strong, you can see the investment.

"We've done it a slightly different way in terms of our own progression."

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