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Always A Challenge


09:30 23rd September 2013

Jackett expected tough task

Head Coach Kenny Jackett has re-iterated that building a new Wolves team in Sky Bet League One was never going to be an easy task – as he remained focused on more improvement despite an encouraging start.

Saturday’s 1-0 win at Shrewsbury followed the pattern of many games so far this season with Wolves not perhaps hitting the heights but showing enough quality to still come out on the winning side and collect a crucial three points.

The challenge remains to pick up results against teams who naturally raise their game given Wolves’ fall from Premier League grace,  with Jackett believing the squad have it within their armoury to also raise standards and build some crucial momentum.

“This is a fantastic challenge for me personally,” he says.

“It’s quite new to me as well in terms of being a very big club and there are very few sides who have gone down two levels in two years.

“I think Swindon did it in the Eighties but it’s not a drop which happens too often and to be able to turn it around is a big challenge for me.

“I have been in this division myself many times and I have seen the likes of Leeds, Notts Forest and Sheffield Wednesday hang about here for two or three years.

“It’s not as easy as people think.

“But once they do get that momentum going then they are hard to stop.

“That is my challenge now.

“The majority of the season is ahead of us and we’re not badly placed at the moment in terms of the league.

“Now we have to get the decisions right and work hard going forward.

“There are expectations on us this season but that is our test and our challenge and it’s one we are looking forward to.

“Six wins in eight is certainly not bad but we feel we can get better.

“We’re playing against teams with a very high motivation level because of our Premier League history.

“We completely understand that but once we’ve competed and coped with that then we have to keep working our quality and our cohesion and understanding to use the many strengths we have in our squad.

“There have been many tight games this season so it shows a good heart and spirit that we’ve never been ‘out’ of any game.

“That means we have always had opportunities to pick up points.

“We feel to some degree that we have a lot of quality in our side and if there is the need for that one moment – a finish or a little bit of calmness – we’d like to think we’ve got the players.

“We also know where we need to improve as well - we’re a work in progress.”

Jackett has enjoyed plenty of selection options up front this season, but did lose Kevin Doyle pre-match at the weekend due to a thigh strain and Leigh Griffiths during the game with an ankle problem.

Both have a good chance of being available for Saturday’s visit of Sheffield United (3pm) but Jackett is also mulling over handing Bjorn Sigurdarson further starts as a centre forward.

The Icelander has been played both centrally and wide right so far this season and has been involved in a lot of Wolves’ attacking work.

“He has had a bright start to the season,” says Jackett.

“We have tried him once or twice in the wide area but he has done better and contributed more as a centre forward which would be his preferred position.

“I do need to settle him down in position unless there are injuries or suspensions.

“Moving positions can sometimes be good for the team but for the individual it can hamper your progress.

“If we can settle Bjorn down and get to know his strengths and what he can bring he will cause defenders problems because he has a lot of pace and a lot of power.

 “A run in the team in a settled position at centre forward would really help him.”





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