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Goals Are The Goal

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20:00 24th August 2014

Gaffer calling for contributions

Kenny Jackett is challenging his players to spread the goals around as Wolves look to step up from an encouraging start to the Sky Bet Championship campaign.

The promising start – nine points from the first 12 available – has been underpinned by solid foundations with three 1-0 victories, although Wolves have produced plenty of creative attacking football in all four games so far.

Speculation continues to link Wolves with a possible move for a striker, and Jackett has confirmed the desire is there to strengthen for the right player, but he is also keen to see the current Molineux crop continue to improve and chip in through the season.

He said:  “You could always do with another striker, whether you play one, two, three or four up there.

Options are very important things for a manager.

“The front three of van La Parra, Dicko and Sako generally have been tough to play against and been a handful as well.
“Behind that we have James Henry and Michael Jacobs who did so well last year and then Leon Clarke who hasn’t really had an opportunity yet.
“Our success last year was built on getting shots from almost anywhere.
“Danny Batth’s had a lot of headers and I feel both full-backs can get forward and score, McDonald chips in with the odd one, Evans has a shot on him.
“In this particular system, those goals have got to be distributed. I put pressure on the front three and the man in the ‘number 10’ position to make sure that they regularly have shots.
“If you look at our goals against column that underpins everything that you do and that’s good. Our ball possession is very good, we haven’t been outplayed by anybody.
“Whichever way you do it, scoring goals is and always will be the hardest part of the game.
“Our work up the two thirds was excellent today and then just in that final third; Are you going past the man? Are you making the right decisions?
“That final third is quite often key and looking at this season, going to be for us.”

Jackett had praise for the performances of Matt Doherty and Lee Evans against Cardiff, and is looking for the whole team to continue to gel and improve in order to pose a threat to other Championship teams throughout the course of a challenging season.

They (Doherty/Evans) are younger players that are coming on,” says Jackett.

“They have the hunger to do well in the Championship and that is their challenge.

“There are others who have been in there at different times this is their first time in the division at Wolves, and with this group of players

“I want to see a hunger and desire from the players this season.

“We have made an encouraging start against the teams that have come down but we have to keep working hard.

“Maybe we have also played those teams at the right time as they adapt to the Championship – only time will tell.

“Once we go through the division and play everybody we will see where we are.

“There are many different tests in the Championship so we have got to make sure we are good enough and we are ready for it.

“There are many different styles we have to be do well against if we are to be successful.

“We have got to be good enough and durable enough throughout the season to pick up results.

“Blackburn are next, and they will be tough opponents - well-drilled, experienced and a good Championship side who will be there or thereabouts.”

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