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Malky Mackay addressed coming back from a rare nPower Championship defeat to Brighton in his pre-Wolves press conference on Friday.

“It’s a measure of the consistency of the group [that having to come back from a defeat has been such a rare occurrence this season]," the Gaffer began. "It’s one of those things – you just get back up and get on with it again. We’ve spoken about it, analysed it and now we’re heading towards Wolves. I don’t do inquests – we debrief after every game, whether we win, lose or draw.

"It’s about being professional and doing things properly - looking at the good points, looking at the parts that aren’t so good. I was happy with the way they team played – they penned in a team that usually keep the ball off people in Brighton, and that doesn’t happen often.

"We created enough chances to win three games – if we had not created chances, that’s when we’d have to think about changing our approach.”

When asked about any concerns that a blip such as the Brighton reverse might turn into a wobble, Malky said: “I have real empathy with our fans [about the previous campaigns which faded away after a strong start]. All I can say is to stay strong and to stay with us because we’ve got very professional people working here and we are working very hard every day to try and get to where we want to be. It’s about keeping focused on yourself, and not on what other people are doing.

“This weekend we’re playing a team in the bottom three that have had to change their manager. On the flip side you’re looking at a team that have come down from the Premier League, with plenty of finances available in terms of parachute payments for the next few years. I feel their squad could rival any in this division.

"It’s an away game in front of a fervent Wolves crowd, and if you put all that together then for me it’s a tough, tough game. Dean Saunders is someone who has done well at Doncaster and he knows exactly what job he’s taken on. I’m sure he’s desperate to change the fortune of Wolves, and that’s a great job to be able to go and do that. We definitely won’t be taking them lightly.

“Ben Nugent’s still got a dead leg, so Ben will not be involved in my squad this weekend. Other than that, we should have everybody fit from Tuesday night.

“Right up until the last week of the season, bottom can beat top, so that’s why you shouldn’t bet on the Championship. It’s just important that my team keep believing in their ability because I believe they’ve got the ability.”