Wolves must-win game crucial for Town

IF Wolves can finally win at home tonight against Cardiff City, they will go above Ipswich Town in the race for the Championship play-off places.Midfielder Michael Kightly believes Wolves have to win and take maximum points from their trip to Coventry City and then at home against Plymouth if they are to make the play-offs.

Derek Davis

IF Wolves can finally win at home tonight against Cardiff City, they will go above Ipswich Town in the race for the Championship play-off places.

Midfielder Michael Kightly believes Wolves have to win and take maximum points from their trip to Coventry City and then at home against Plymouth if they are to make the play-offs.

Tommy Miller's last-gasp equaliser took the shine off Kightly's return from a lengthy spell on the sidelines as Wanderers were held to a 1-1 draw at Molineux by fellow play-off contenders Ipswich, and Wolves feel it was two valuable points dropped.

Ahead of tonight's vital game, Kightly said: “If we win all three games it makes it possible. So we keep going until we can't do it. Nine points would do it but it is tough.

"It is another big game - it is a must win. We have got to win our last three games it is as simple as that.'

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Midfielder David Edwards picked up a knee injury on his return from almost six weeks on the sidelines and is not expected to be ready to face Dave Jones' side.

Karl Henry (knee) and Rob Edwards (ankle) are again set to miss out for Wanderers as they continue their recoveries, while Kevin Kyle, Gary Breen and Stephen Elliott will hope to be promoted from the bench.

Victory for Wanderers would move them into seventh place, two points behind Crystal Palace, who occupy the final play-off spot, with two games to play.

Cardiff manager Dave Jones, meanwhile, may be forced into a defensive reshuffle.

Centre-back Glenn Loovens took a knock to the hip in Saturday's 3-2 defeat at Scunthorpe, while full-back Kevin McNaughton suffered a calf problem.

Darren Purse could deputise alongside Roger Johnson for Loovens, while Darcy Blake may be asked to fill in for McNaughton.

However, with Jones' threadbare squad leaving him desperately short of options, both players will be given every chance to prove their fitness to face Wanderers, who the FA Cup finalists beat on their way to Wembley.

The Bluebirds will again be without Northern Ireland striker Warren Feeney, while a hamstring problem is again expected to keep Paul Parry out of action.

Robbie Fowler is nearing a full recovery from his hip problem, but the game will come too soon for the former Liverpool striker.