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Wolves brimming with confidence in League One

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Wolves have finally broken a 26-year-old club record, after extending their winning streak to nine games by beating Swindon Town 4-1 at the County Ground.

The game was virtually over just after the half-hour mark as Wolves established a 3-0 lead, courtesy of a goal by the rejuvenated hotshot Nouha Dicko, and a brace by Bakary Sako.  

Swindon managed to grab a consolation goal, whilst Wolves comfortably sat on the three points. Nevertheless, Michael Smith's goal was the first that Wolves have conceded in over 680 minutes of action, yet they have smashed 21 goals past their hapless opposition during that time.

Wolves' January transfer signing Leon Clarke sealed the game, with his first goal since returning to the club. Incidentally, taking his overall goal scoring tally for the season to 15 goals, leaving him two behind League One top scorers Britt Assombalonga and Ryan Lowe.

Swindon boss Mark Cooper told BBC Wiltshire: "You can't play against a club like Wolves, with the financial riches they've got, and not have 11 men pulling in the same direction."

Kenny Jackett's side have scored 24 goals in their astonishing win-streak and remain two points clear of second-placed Leyton Orient who have played two more games. Theoretically, Wolves could eventually extend their lead over Orient to eight points by winning their respective games in hand.

Despite Wolves steamrolling Brentford 3-0 at Griffin Park, the Bees have continued beating the rest of the teams in the league. Which has left them just three points behind Wolves, yet with an inferior goal-difference of 16 goals. Inevitably, Brentford are the biggest threat to Wolves' title, which is why Wolves fans will be salivating over the fixture list for this Saturday.

Fortuitously, Leyton Orient host Brentford at Brisbane Road, in a fixture which could create a huge theoretical gulf in points between Wolves and their promotion rivals. Additionally, Wolves host relegation-threatened Shrewsbury Town at Molineux, whom they have already beaten 1-0 away this season. The Shrews will be attempting to break Wolves' five match home winning streak.

Consequently, if Leyton Orient win, they would have asserted their dominance over their closest rival, whilst proving to Wolves their huge theoretical lead could still be closed down if they stutter. Whereas, if Brentford win, the League One title could become a two-horse race, as they also have two games in hand over Orient. However, Orient won 2-0 at Griffin Park earlier this season, which provides all the ingredients for a classic London derby.

Ideally, Wolves just have to beat Shrewsbury to claw away from their opposition for the title. Fortunately for Wolves, Bakary Sako and Nouha Dicko have blossomed into the deadliest-duo in League One. In Wolves' last three games, Sako and Dicko have both scored at least one goal.

Additionally, Shrewsbury have scored just 34 goals in League One this season, which is the lowest amount in the League. On the other hand, Wolves have conceded just 21 goals this season, which is the best defensive record across all of the English Football Leagues. In turn, creating a nervous anticipation of defeat for Orient, Brentford and Shrewsbury fans, contrasted by a righteous bunch of over-confident Wolves fans.

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