Norwich City’s visit is the perfect litmus test for Wolves’ chief Kenny Jackett
PUBLISHED: 09:40 09 August 2014 | UPDATED: 09:40 09 August 2014
Wolves boss Kenny Jackett admits hosting Norwich in their Championship opener offers an early reality check for his League One winners.
Jackett is backing Wolves to impress at a higher level but he knows the scale of the task to overcome Neil Adams’ squad; the majority of whom were operating in the Premier League last season.
“These are the games we want. We want to be in these games, testing ourselves – and we do early on. We’ve got some really good games,” he said. “It is a terrific opening game, live on television. There will also be huge interest because of what happened to the clubs in recent seasons and seeing where they are in this new season and what standard they are at. They’ve added (Lewis) Grabban for £3 million, a proven Championship goalscorer who did very well last year, and they’ve added (Kyle) Lafferty to what is already a very good squad. I’m a big believer that you need to get your own team right. I’ve done fantastic analysis and broke down the opposition perfectly, but if my side is poor we don’t win.
“There’s a balance somewhere between the two where you can help your players. Whatever side they put out they will be strong. As I always say it swings back to ourselves and doing well ourselves.”
Jackett has warned his players any prospect of another promotion tilt may hinge on how quickly they adapt.
“August and September are key months for us – there are seven games in August if we can get through the cup competition and that will be a key period before the little break and then September,” he told his club’s official site. “We want to get there with a good points total, progress in the cup, and a foothold in the Championship and knowing where we are.
“If we can come out at the end of September with a good record then there will be a lot of optimism around this place and we can make people believe we can do well in a crucial two months.”