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Wolves boss calls for club to finish season strongly

Kenny Jackett has urged his side to use last night’s home victory against Bristol City as a springboard to finishing the season off in style.

In an interview with the Birmingham Mail, the Wolves boss has said that although the club are unlikely to make a late surge for the top six, they should still focus on finishing the campaign strongly after Matt Doherty’s injury-time winner gave the Midlands side all three points against relegation-threatened Bristol City.

He said: “It is nice to get two good wins back to back at home against Derby and Bristol City. We are 12th in the league and we want to finish off the ten games we have very strongly.

“There are positive signs and we have to build on that and try and establish a new team coming through.”

Jackett also commended the performance of Michal Zyro, who he believes made a massive impact for the home side after coming on a half-time substitute in last night’s game for what his first appearance in a Wolves shirt since damaging his calf in a 3-1 defeat to Cardiff in January.

The victory against Bristol City was the club’s second successive home win as Jackett’s men previously dispatched Derby in their last outing at Molineux.

Two wins in their last three games have staved off any threat of relegation and have elevated them to the top-half of the table – leapfrogging Reading who fell to defeat at Huddersfield.

However with sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday still eight points above them in the league, it is very unlikely that the club will be able to overturn that deficit with only a handful of games remaining.

Captain Danny Baath was also at the centre of controversy as Bristol City boss Lee Johnson accused the defender of “unsporting behaviour” in the run-up to Doherty’s winner.

The Robins boss thought that Batth should have played a drop-ball back to Bristol keeper Chris O’Donnell after an injury to Luke Freeman caused play to be halted

Instead, Batth put the ball out for a throw-in deep in the opposition’s box which caused City to be put under pressure and subsequently concede a freekick – which Doherty scored from.

Johnson said: “A big club like this, you don’t expect a historic club to have to resort to unsporting behaviour.

“The lad said he was going to kick it back to the goalkeeper and he smashes it out right in our corner and puts us under pressure.

“I thought we were the side that was looking like we was going to go on and win it.

“We were in the ascendancy, and that incident changed the ascendancy from us having it to them having it through, in my opinion, unsporting behaviour.”

The Robins are now just two points above the drop in the Championship, lying in 20th place.

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