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Sako's Start Pays Off


08:00 20th October 2014

Winger responds to busy schedule

Kenny Jackett was pleased with the performance of Bakary Sako after the winger impressed against Millwall on the back of two games in a week for Mali.

After the last international break Jackett opted to leave Sako on the bench for the following game against Blackpool, but this time around – with the winger feeling fresh – he kept his place in Wolves’ starting line-up at The Den.

Sako responded with an impressive display not to mention a very impressive third goal, which at the time put Wolves 3-0 up and seemingly on course for victory until the Lions’ dramatic comeback.

“Sako came back on Thursday and I spoke to him Friday morning,” said Jackett.

“There were no injury problems and he was fine.

“Friday afternoon into Saturday morning I felt confident the player was fine.

“He’d done a lot of travelling and played two internationals but he was keen to play and felt physically fine.”

Sticking with wingers, James Henry was given a ‘lively’ welcome abck to Millwall by the home fans when coming off the bench on Saturday.

It was a reception he managed to take in his stride, and he responded with the assist for Wolves’ second goal and then winning the free kick for Sako’s third.

Jackett admits it had been a close battle for the right midfield berth between Henry and Van La Parra.

“It was really close between Henry and Rajiv Van La Parra,” said the Head Coach.

“They have dovetailed for most of the season and both have been pretty good.

“It was a close one and it is a strong position for me at present.

“James did o-k when he came on as well.

“The one at the start when he chested it was probably a chance and it came very quickly at him.

“He has been a good player for Wolves with ten goals last year and some good displays so far this season.”

It’s straight back to action for Wolves against Middlesbrough at Molineux tomorrow (7.45pm), with Jackett hoping the team will learn from letting slip the three-goal advantage on Saturday.

Jackett believes it is all about getting on the right side of the fine margins in such a competitive Sky Bet Championship.

“There are very thin dividing lines between winning and losing in the Championship,” he said.

“It’s a close and open division and we have added a point to it on Saturday but you are always striving to improve and from the position we were in there is no doubt that our standards have to be that we should see it out.

“If you look through the division all the way through before Saturday there were 10 points between 20 sides and that shows how open the division is and how it is there for everybody, ourselves included.

“Everybody has a chance and you have to get those details right.”


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