Thursday 21 September 2017

Clean sheets the key to staying on top, says Wolves’ Kevin Foley

WOLVES full-back Kevin Foley is hoping to continue the club's fine start to life in the npower Championship with another clean sheet tomorrow.

The West Midlanders are one of three sides flying high on 16 points after the opening eight matches of the campaign along with league leaders Brighton and second-placed Cardiff.

Wolves will be looking to usurp them tomorrow when they welcome Crystal Palace to Molineux, with Ireland international Foley hoping for a fourth successive shut-out.

"It's three clean sheets in a row now," he said. "The more the merrier.

"Clean sheets in this league can give you success but there is a long way to go and we can only take each game at a time. We have to be well organised.

"We've played with different combinations in our back four this season and most times they have worked.

"Everyone knows what the manager wants from us and at the moment there is some consistency in our game."

Wolves come into the match in fine form after making it four league wins out of four with Saturday's 1-0 defeat of Sheffield Wednesday.

"I thought we did very well," Foley said. "We were up against a physical side but it was an all-round professional performance to get the lead and keep the ball and not get nervy towards the end.

"You always want a second goal because anything can happen at 1-0 and they are dangerous at set-pieces and good in the air from free kicks and corners.

"But we managed to keep on top of them, and while a second goal would have been nice no one is complaining at a 1-0 win!

"I'd like to think seeing the game out shows that we are confident in that situation."

Foley made his Irish debut in 2009 but had a falling-out with Giovanni Trapattoni before Euro 2012 and has vowed never play for Ireland while the Italian is still boss.

Fellow high-fliers Cardiff welcome Birmingham to south Wales tomorrow evening, while leaders Brighton host Ipswich.

Gus Poyet's side suffered a 1-0 home defeat to Birmingham at the weekend but assistant manager Mauricio Taricco remains upbeat.

"We have a style and we know what we are doing," he told the club's official website, seagulls.co.uk.

"Sometimes I don't know what other clubs are trying to do, I don't see a plan, a shape or a way of playing or an identity, but we have that here which is good for us."

Elsewhere, rock-bottom Peterborough will be looking to build on their first win of the season when they travel to Barnsley.

Fellow strugglers Millwall head to Bristol City, while Sheffield Wednesday will be looking to end their poor recent run at Burnley.

Charlton welcome Watford to the Valley, while Huddersfield take on Leicester, Hull face Blackpool and Bolton host Leeds.

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