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KENNY | Pleased With Comeback


15:25 23rd January 2016

Gaffer's thoughts as Wolves make their point at QPR

Kenny Jackett praised the spirit of his side after coming back from early disappointment to take a point at Queens Park Rangers this afternoon.

Sebastian Polter headed the hosts in front within 90 seconds at Loftus Road before James Henry’s deflected equaliser restored parity shortly after half time.

From there both sides had chances to win it, but both were also forced to settle for a point from the lunchtime clash.

“A point was about right in the end,” said Jackett.

“We could have won the game in the second half and had some chances and the keeper made some good saves but then Chery hit the post with a golden chance late on.

“When it was on his left foot I thought that was going to be a goal.

“There were one or two handball shouts and it will be interesting to see those again but in the end it was a spirited game and a point is about right.

“Sometimes you get those handball decisions and sometimes you don’t and we didn’t today.

“The spirit and the attitude in the side was very good.

“We went a goal down within 90 seconds having given away a poor free kick maybe down to a bit of anxiety and inexperience.

“That was a poor start for us and then we got under the flight of the ball and Polter got his header in.

“But we weathered the storm, Queens Park Rangers didn’t go away from us and we came back well.

“Goals are goals and they come in different ways.

“As the game wore on I thought we gave them some problems and with the spirit and quality we showed I was pleased with how we came back into the game.”

Rajiv van La Parra produced another impressive display, especially in the second half when, at times, Wolves dominated.

“Rajiv was a big threat,” added Jackett.

“He had played for Brighton here already this season and has come back to us with a lot of confidence and has worked very hard for the team.

“I felt he was a constant threat.”

Bjorn Sigurdarson was not ready to return due to his recent back injury and there was further worrying news for Wolves when midfielder Dave Edwards limped off in some discomfort in the second half.

“Dave has a problem with the top of his foot/ankle,” said the Head Coach.

“It doesn’t look good at the moment but it is hard for me to make an assessment straightaway.

“It is frustrating for us because he has been a key player.

“The club will look after the injured players very well as they always do, and if “Dave doesn’t make the next game there will be an opportunity for someone else to come in.”

Today’s fixture was the last for Wolves before the transfer window closes on February 1st, and Jackett says he feels the team needs to strengthen to add to the base of quality and spirit already within the dressing room. 

“We feel we need to strengthen,” he said.

“We have a pretty solid and hard-working group that give it everything that have got every week.

“If we can make the right acquisitions then I think we can do very well in this division.

“There is a gap now till the window shuts and we don’t have another game but it is not something we have been ignoring up to now.

“But it is tough to sell a player two weeks in and then try and do something afterwards.

“It is hard to bring the right players in and unless you do that you are better off doing nothing.

“But it is something we have been focusing on and will continue to do so.

“As a side I don’t think we need the most additions – we don’t need to reconstruct what is a spirited squad.

“If we can make the right additions I think we can climb the table in a very competitive league where the top sides are looking powerful.

“Right at the moment it doesn’t look like anything is imminent but we will see how next week develops.”

Jackett continued:  “We would prefer to make permanent signings and take and develop our own players.

“But we would also consider loan players.

“Sometimes they can turn into a permanent move if they do well as you can follow it up if they do well.

“Permanent would be preferable but we certainly wouldn’t turn a loan player down if we felt they could help us.”

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