Michael Jacobs: Back from loan and out to extend Wolves' season
Wolves midfielder Michael Jacobs is hoping that he still has a part to play in helping Kenny Jackett's team to reach the Championship play-offs.
The 23-year-old ex-Northampton Town and Derby County man is back at Molineux, having returned from loan at Blackpool.
And, having swapped one end of the Championship for the other, Jacobs has the chance to experience relegation and promotion inside little over a month.
"I don't want the season to end. I hope we can extend it two weeks," he said.
"The circumstances weren't the best, but Championship football was what I needed. Those five games at Blackpool helped me massively. Hopefully I can now play a part for the lads back here in the promotion push."
|Michael Jacobs' underused season at Molineux|
|Jacobs has spent more time on the pitch in five games on loan at Blackpool (400 minutes) than he has for Wolves, for whom he has started just two league games and not played a full 90 minutes all season (203 minutes).|
|"We've mainly picked Sako wide left. And, off the main striker, we've had Dave Edwards, then latterly Benik Afobe. That limited his chances but we're going to be patient. We're not going to give up on him. We'll make sure he gets an opportunity." Kenny Jackett|
Jacobs' 77th-minute arrival off the bench in Tuesday night's 2-1 defeat at Middlesbrough was his first Wolves appearance in five months.
"I'm glad to be back involved," he said. "It's not really worked out this year how I wanted. But it's hard to go in and knock on the manager's door when the team are playing so well.
"This is the best group of players I've worked with. We have the experience. And we have the sort of characters to bounce back in front of a big crowd against Ipswich on Saturday."
Tuesday night's second straight defeat has left Wolves three points shy of sixth-placed Ipswich Town in the race to make the play-offs.
But they now host Mick McCarthy's Ipswich this Saturday, followed by the final two fixtures against sides bidding to avoid the drop, 23rd-placed Wigan Athletic and the team a place above, Jackett's old club Millwall.
Results may mean Wolves' last two games may be against already-relegated sides, but so much hinges on Saturday's reunion with McCarthy.
"We've got two at home and the one in between," said Jackett. "We know what we have to do. But Saturday is a big game. We understand that."