Michael Kightly has laughed off the views of Bristol City manager Gary Johnson that his Wolverhampton Wanderers’ side have as good as won the Coca-Cola Championhip despite the fact there are 18 games remaining.
Johnson was full of praise for Mick McCarthy’s high-fliers after Saturday’s 2-2 draw between the two sides at Ashton Gate and later eulogised about his visitors, saying Wolves had the league sewn up because they had won so many games already.
McCarthy and his players have long argued, however, that they believe the title and race for automatic promotion will go all the way to the wire, and Kightly agrees.
The England Under-21 winger said: “What he (Johnson) said is a load of rubbish. There’s still a lot of teams in the hunt for the title.
“We haven’t won for four games and if we do that again we’ll still be chasing someone else. There are a lot of points to play for so we have to remain focused.”
Johnson said, after his side had come back from two goals down, that he felt Wolves were as good as promoted.
He said: “Mick won’t thank me for saying this but I think they (Wolves) have almost won the league now through the number of wins they have had already. They had that ten or 12 wins on the trot and it is going to be very difficult for teams to catch them up.”
Kightly, meanwhile, says his club are not thinking about promotion but merely taking each game as it comes.
He said: “We don’t think about it too much. There’s pressure at the top of the league and everyone keeps saying it’s ours to lose. But we know we’re good enough to go up this season.”
The former Grays Athletic star, who celebrates his 23rd birthday this week, added: “We dropped points at Blackpool and now at Bristol City when we should have closed the games out. If we’d have done that, we’d have another four points. But we are not beating ourselves up about it. We are still five points clear.”