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A Squad Game


12:10 17th September 2013

Jackett pleased with strength in depth

Kenny Jackett has been pondering his selection options for tonight’s visit of Walsall knowing it will be a squad game if Wolves are to succeed this season.

Wolves recent victories have been categorised by some key contributions from the substitutes, and strength in depth has seen the likes of Bjorn Sigurdarson, Richard Stearman and Kevin Foley among those on the bench at the weekend.

Jackett can only pick eleven starters, but knows he will need to call upon many more than that if Wolves are to enjoy a successful campaign.

Dave Edwards is added to those on duty for Saturday’s game against Swindon, ahead of Jackett finalising his matchday 18.

“It will be the same group tonight with a minimal amount of changes, if any,” said Jackett.

“Whether I tinker with a substitute I don’t know, but there’s no need to change a lot and I’m not necessarily looking to.

“I do feel that our substitutes can make a difference this season as we have a bigger and deeper squad than other sides.

“And coming off the bench substitutes have featured quite prominently and the fresh energy has helped us against perhaps jaded defenders after an hour.

“It’s something we’ll continue to do and it’s something I’ve spoken to the players about a lot.

“We want to be going into the winter months stronger – or as strong as we possibly can.

“So far this season I’ve been very pleased with Griffiths, Sigurdarson and Doyle and have generally picked two out of those three with one coming off the bench.

“You do need that level of strength and then Jake Cassidy and Liam McAlinden to be a good club and a good side.

“Richard Stearman was very unlucky to be out of the team on Saturday, and I don’t think there is much between our defenders.

“If I’m looking at back four appearances so far, Golbourne played well on Saturday and has made a good start for us, and with him, Ricketts, Stearman, Batth and Doherty it has been four from those five so far.

“For every unit you need good competition and cover, and if you’re going to do what we’ve set out to do this season, we’ll need that level of good players throughout our back line.

“There will be times when Richard will come back in, and he’ll be difficult to shift when he does.”

Jackett meanwhile confirmed there is no decision yet on whether Wayne Hennessey’s loan with Yeovil will be extended, while he would still expect Jamie O’Hara to make a loan move in the near future.

“Jamie’s still working hard and it’s surprised me that no one has been on to take him on loan because he can do a job,” said Jackett.

“Everyone’s situation is changing all the time with regards to form, injuries and suspensions – whatever.

“The picture changes quickly in a week in football and I don’t think he’ll be waiting too long in terms of offers.”

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