Kenny Jackett highlighted the “different dimension” provided by Nouha Dicko as one of the highlights of an impressive team performance as Wolves beat Bristol City.
On an afternoon which begun with an emotional tribute to Wolves legend Bert Williams, the current side chalked up another important victory as with Nouha Dicko – on his second ‘debut’ – scoring and setting up Derrick Williams’ own goal before Bakary Sako sealed the 3-1 victory after coming off the bench.
“It was a very good performance and a great result particularly given the rain and the conditions,” said the Head Coach.
“It wasn’t easy but both sides still tried to play football and produced a very good game.
“We were still able to pass the ball through midfield and get control of the game which is a good thing for us.
“We got the goals at the crucial times and it was enough because we have to make sure we convert all the possession into shots.
“All goals are important and the second one particularly but we also needed the breathing space of the third which Sako provided after coming on.
“If you are looking at the last quarter of the game I thought we were strong with a lot of shots going in and a lot of clear cut chances.
“That period can sometimes decide games and it did today because we needed the third goal.
“It certainly wasn’t an easy game and we knew that when you see the size of Bristol City and the players that we have.
“They’ve also had a very experienced manager going in and I knew they would make it difficult for us as they have been doing in recent weeks.
“They are on an upturn at present having come down from the Championship with us last season.
“They have got a lot of good and established players in their side and I don’t think they will be relegated this season.”
On Dicko’s debut Jackett added: “It was a very good start for Nouha here and I was pleased with him.
“He got an early goal and was involved right the way through the game and was a threat for us – he gave us a different dimension today.
“He has come in here at 21 years old with his career ahead of him and has got to make sure that he backs it up and goes on to have a terrific career at Wolves.
“As long as he keeps testing defences like he did today then things will work out for him because we can play the football to create the chances.
“It did look like a penalty for Nouha as well - it looked like he was in a good position to score and had his legs taken away.
“Some days you get them and some days you don’t.
“Even so he was in behind and off the shoulder of the centre halves and constantly giving them problems asking questions of them all day.
“And while he got his goal he also had a hand in some very good moves and situations we had throughout the game.
“He was unlucky not to add to his total but it was a bright start for him.
“Although he is small he is physically very strong and difficult to play against because of his pace and his power.
“It is a good addition for us and I think it was the right time to add in that area and for a player who, at 21, is similar to Michael Jacobs in being the right age and with the right profile and hunger to come and make their name at this club.”
Jackett had no problem with the penalty awarded against his own team after James Henry was adjudged to have fouled Kenny Cunningham which gave Sam Baldock the chance to tuck home an equaliser.
He also said there was no fresh news on any speculation surrounding players either coming in or going out after more reports linking Leigh Griffiths with a switch from Molineux.
“I’ve heard no information today in terms of any bid for Leigh Griffiths,” said Jackett.
“My concentration has been on this particular game and Leigh has been part of a squad that is chasing the top two.
“I haven’t heard anything in terms of bids coming in and likewise we haven’t put in any fresh bids for anyone.
“Like a lot of sides we will now be looking to see what this week brings in terms of ins and outs.
“There has been a lot of transfer speculation about Leigh and I understand that.
“Today was just a pure situation where it is competition and - to a degree - formation, because Lee Evans and Dave Edwards have broken very well from midfield in recent weeks and given us another dimension going forward.
“So generally we have been playing with one recognised striker and the likes of Sako today, James Henry and Michael Jacobs being able to cut in from the wing.
“It has just slightly altered our formation I think for the better but in terms of Leigh, he is a Wolves player who may not have got onto the pitch but is part of a group which has got a good win today.
“Now they all need to look forward to Oldham on Tuesday very quickly because they had a great win today.”
Jackett confirmed that Dave Edwards missed out with a slight foot injury but could be back in contention, if not at Oldham then next Saturday against Bradford.
Matt Doherty is set to continue his comeback from a hamstring injury in a behind-closed-doors friendly for the Under-21s on Monday.