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CITY v WOLVES: OPPOSITION VIEW

11 February 2015

Essential reading on this weekend's visitors to Carrow Road

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS

Nickname: Wolves
Head Coach: Kenny Jackett
2013/14: 1st (League One)
Ground: Molineux
Fastest road route from Carrow Road: 179 miles (3 hours 10 minutes)

THE LOWDOWN
Wolves got their Sky Bet Championship play-off hopes back on track with a resounding 4-1 triumph over Huddersfield Town on Tuesday night.

Kenny Jackett’s men had gone three without a win prior to their trip to John Smith’s Stadium, and as a consequence had dropped below the Canaries in the table.

Three points will have them buoyant ahead of their visit to Carrow Road, however, as they target a first win in Norfolk since 2007. They lead the head-to-head table between the two teams with 29 victories to City’s 10.


Dave Edwards’ header proved decisive when the two teams met in the opening round of fixtures at Molineux. Read the Match Report from that game HERE.

They have one former Norwich City player in their current squad: James Henry, who had a short loan spell at Carrow Road in 2008, featuring in three matches.

Wolves’ one season in League One was the first time they had competed in the third tier of English football for 25 years. Their history is decorated with four top division titles, four FA Cups and two League Cups.
 



THE BOSS

Kenny Jackett called on all his experience to arrest the West Midlands’ club’s alarming slide last season and ensure their rise back up to the Championship at the first time of asking.

After successive relegations had left them in turmoil, Jackett, who had resigned as Millwall boss a few previously, took the reins and with it the responsibility of restoring pride back into one of the most passionately-supported teams in the Football League.

This season the momentum has carried Wolves to the cusp of the Sky Bet Championship play-offs, so he remains a hugely popular figure at Molineux.


The 53-year-old was a one-club man as a player, making 428 appearances for Watford in the 1980s before a knee injury forced him hang up his boots aged 28.

Jackett’s first managerial job came at Vicarage Road, but it was with Swansea City that the Welshman built his reputation between 2004 and 2007, earning promotion is his first full campaign.

A League One Play-Off triumph and an FA Cup Semi-Final were the highlights in five-and-a-half years at Millwall, but he stepped down citing the ‘need for a new challenge’ in 2013.

THE SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Carl Ikeme, Aaron McCarey, Tomasz Kuszczak, Scott Dutton.

Defenders: Matt Doherty, Scott Golbourne, Richard Stearman, Danny Batth, Sam Ricketts (c), Ethan Ebanks-Landell, Kortney Hause, Dominic Iorfa, Roger Johnson, Ashley Carter, Ben O’Hanlon, Georg Margreitter.

Midfielders: Dave Edwards, James Henry, Bakary Sako, Kevin McDonald, Lee Evans, Tommy Rowe, Rajiv van La Parra, Jack Price, Michael Jacobs, Razak Boukari, Zeli Ismail, James Kellermann, Albert Torras, Carlo Erdei, Connor Hunte, Declan Weeks, Jordan Graham.

Forwards: Benik Afobe, Nouha Dicko, Ibrahim Keita, Bradley Reid, Kevin Doyle.

NEXT AT CARROW ROAD
Wolves, Saturday February 14, 3pm

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