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Clarke: Wednesday win gives us confidence for Wolves

6 February 2015

The gaffer on tomorrow's opponents

Steve Clarke says that the additional confidence exerted by his side in the win over Sheffield Wednesday last weekend means that the Royals will head to Wolves in confident mood tomorrow.

Clarke’s men have only suffered one defeat in their last eight matches and have kept back-to-back clean sheets, the latest of which came in the 2-0 victory over the Owls.

Tomorrow’s opponents Wolves are in similarly good form; winning four of their last six Championship games to move within three points of the play-off positions.

And Clarke believes that Wanderers’ attacking threats will make tomorrow a tough test for the Royals.

“Difficult game,” Clarke said. “Wolves have been good this year. Kenny Jackett has gone in there and done a very good job. They are a strong, powerful team with a lot of pace.

“They’re good at home, so we’re expecting a tough one but I think they will also expect us to give them a difficult game.

“We go there in decent form; unbeaten in our last three and previous to that we had a five game unbeaten run before we went to Fulham. I saw good signs in our team last week. I saw more confidence, which was good.

“We’ve been decent on the road. We’ve had a good shape to the team. Our confidence should be reasonably high and we look forward to a good game. We’re in decent shape but we know what to expect from Wolves.”

He continued: “Kenny is a very good manager, who gets his teams playing well, and well organised.

“He’s built a really solid Championship team and they have got pace and power all over the pitch. They’ve got pace in wide areas; van La Parra has done well for them. Henry has also done well. David Edwards, a Welsh international midfielder, is a
terrific footballer and always finds spaces on the pitch.

“Whichever striker they go with, they’ll be strong. Dicko is strong and quick. They have got lots of threats all over the pitch but I’m sure we’ll be ready for them.”

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