Norwich City’s visit is the perfect litmus test for Wolves’ chief Kenny Jackett

Wolves' manager Kenny Jackett views Norwich City as a perfect opening day test. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire. Wolves' manager Kenny Jackett views Norwich City as a perfect opening day test. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Saturday, August 9, 2014
9:40 AM

Wolves boss Kenny Jackett admits hosting Norwich in their Championship opener offers an early reality check for his League One winners.

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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.”

15 comments

  • Don Revie: "Well Dairvid, aah thout Naorman `Unter wort best pleeyer on`t paark, Dairvid"...

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Looks like Kenny may have a more solid problem than wind. If you get my drift, cutty ;-) PS: Matt, I`ll gladly accept a place on your Board. I could be your précisist. Your consigliere. Your sycophant. As long as the salary`s good. And top quality prawn sandwiches. Osso Buco on special occasions.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • PS, the recent exchanges between M333 & the Brewer has been the East Anglian equivalent of Don Revie chatting with Dave Sexton, fascinating, but way over my head!.l

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    Igno Rance

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • So gentlemen, Fulham lose to the Tractor Boys. A salutary warning to the recently relegated that this division ain't no picnic. As 333 has said, a good start is vital, so let's hope NCFC are wide awake tomorrow!

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    Igno Rance

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Looking at the results today, we need to start with six points from our first two games to stamp our mark on the division. Watford had a good start today, and are likely thinking top six again. We need to show them and other promotion candidates from the beginning, "behind NCFC"

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    MichiganCanary

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Kenny looks as if he needs to get ride of some trapped wind before he takes the litmus test.

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    cutty

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Ha! ;) I wish buddy. I'd have you on the board straight away! The profit I made from my club and time in charge was still fairly decent for a club of that size. Ended up the only side making a profit from 34 sides spread over 3 divisions locally so I did something right!

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    Mattias333

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Ta Matt. I wonder if you`ve considered using the proceeds from selling your club to buy out Delia & Mike? ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Yes Brew! On a saturday! Mattias JR was up bright an early and Mrs Mattias is sleeping off a hangover so thought id have a little look at ole Archie. Answered your question in the hooper thread by the way!

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    Mattias333

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • cant decide if Kenny Jackett looks fierce, or has his shooting stick slipped.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Good manager is jackett with plenty of experience,Adams will have to earn his money tomorrow no question.

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    tonyb

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Dead right there, Matt on Sat. Saying all the right things about plans A,B and C, tactical awareness, flexibility during games, use of substitutes etc is great. All the manager has to do is paraphrase\précis the comments from fans. Aka, saying what people want to hear. It may work in Estate Agency and Hairdressing, but this is football! A results business. For the paying fans. Or it once was...

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Agree Brew. Heard similar things. Likely opening ourselves up for a beating saying all this though so im going to shut up until after the game ;) They've not signed many players really this summer. Big test to see how much of the Real deal Adams is in my opinion. Plenty of positive signs but we need a strong, positive start. I'd love to use the old excuse saying 1 defeat isnt the end of the world but we are meant to be the big dogs, the relegated side with all the money and top players etc. We need to go out and make a statement that we mean business. If not we will lose that tag of being the big boys very quickly and teams wont be coming to Carrow Road trying to earn a draw, they'll be coming knowing they can sneak a win. Fingers crossed we get off to a flying start. OTBC!

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    Mattias333

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • A very tough opening game for NCFC and our team really needs to be at their best. It is too easy to underestimate teams that were playing two leagues below us last season. They were on the up whilst we were on the down so Neil has to get everybody giving 100% on Sunday. Come on you Yellows, OTBC.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • I have a pal who is a Millwall fan (sort of) and he never thought much of Kenny Jackett, but I thought he did well at Millwall with B\A resources. He did brilliantly with Wolves last season. I wonder if he can "do a Lambo" and go straight through The Champ? It`s up to us to stop him, starting tomorrow! He can come second, no better. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

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