Lambert targets Wolves promotion after ending season on a high

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Paul Lambert: Set sights on sixth next season

Wolves boss Paul Lambert has set his sights on gaining promotion next season after a final day 1-0 Championship win against Preston.

Following Danny Batth’s decisive first-minute header, Lambert laid out some ambitious plans for the future.

He said: “For me, if you are outside the top six and you are above the relegation line it is immaterial. Nothing is gained, you are only in the league again.

“You have to go for the sixth and that is what we will try and do.

“I have been successful on a lot of fronts – as a player I was successful in Europe, I played in two European finals, I played in the World Cup and I won the biggest honour in club football (the Champions League with Borussia Dortmund), so I know what success is.

“I want the club to have success and to have a fighting chance that you have something to play for towards the end of the season.

“If we can get the consistency levels and get some lads in to help the current group then this could be an unbelievable club.

“If we can get that help then this club has a great chance and the work starts now to make this club the best it can be.”

Preston ended the season with a run of five defeats in six games but manager Simon Grayson insists that should not detract from the progress made throughout the whole campaign.

Grayson said: “Obviously we are disappointed with the way that the season has panned out.

“But you’ve got to look at the bigger picture.

“I am immensely proud of the players with what they have done this season and ultimately when you look at it, if someone had said we would finish the season above Aston Villa we would have taken that.

“We have finished above a lot of teams who have got bigger resources, so I don’t want the last month to cloud what has been a really good season.

“I think the players have just run out of steam that they have had for 90 per cent of the season.”

Grayson was disappointed that Preston were caught cold by Batth and added: “The last thing that we said before the game was to make sure we are nice and solid and give ourselves a base to go and play from.

“For their main header (of the ball) to get a free header like he did was hugely disappointing.

“It probably epitomises what we have done in the last two of three weeks where we haven’t been at our best in many departments,” added Grayson who confirmed he hopes to make the loan of Everton winger Aiden McGeady permanent.