Wednesday 13 December 2017

Foley sounds festive rallying cry to Wolves

WOLVES defender Kevin Foley has called for a minimum six-point haul over the festive period to provide a platform on which to build for 2013.

Although languishing down in 18th place in the Championship, Wolves find themselves in a position where they are nine points adrift of the play-off places and 10 clear of the relegation zone.

With four games looming in the space of 12 days, starting with a trip to Bloomfield Road tonight to face Blackpool, Foley knows a good haul of points could prove to be the start of a top-six push.

"We have four quick games and it would be great to get two or three wins on the board," said Foley.

Blackpool have their own play-off ambitions as they are five points adrift of the top six, and go into the game unbeaten in seven since Michael Appleton took charge.

Derby find themselves in a similar situation to Blackpool as they are also in the hunt for a play-off place, but are four points off going into tonight's game with promotion-chasing Hull at Pride Park.

Boss Nigel Clough, though, maintains his side are "very dark horses" for such a position. He said: "Life in the Championship can be pretty fragile. Our aim remains to be a top-half team and see where that takes us."

Steve Bruce's Hull could go second with a win, level on points with leaders Cardiff - who travel to fifth-placed Leicester tomorrow. The game is a big test for the Bluebirds after suffering a shock 2-1 home defeat to bottom-club Peterborough last Saturday.

Crystal Palace, currently second, take on Huddersfield in the evening kick-off, with third-placed Middlesbrough at Leeds.

Birmingham welcome Burnley, Brighton travel to Blackburn, Ipswich host Bristol City and Barnsley face a trip to Millwall. Peterborough play Bolton, Charlton are away at Sheffield Wednesday and Watford play host to Nottingham Forest.

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