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Defensive Options

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08:00 17th March 2014

Gaffer planning for Crawley

Kenny Jackett is poised for a pleasing defensive dilemma in his selection ahead of tomorrow’s rearranged trip to Crawley Town.

The Head Coach is hoping skipper Samuel Ricketts may be available again having missed Saturday’s draw against Shrewsbury with a thigh injury.

But if not he will once again be able to choose between Ethan Ebanks-Landell and Matt Doherty, having given both an opportunity at different stages of the weekend’s goalless draw.

“It was a close one between the two,” Jackett said ahead of the decision to start with Ebanks-Landell.

“They have both done very well for us this year.

“Ethan has played more recently than Matt, and in the Leyton Orient game he did very well and at Notts County away as well.

“Matt Doherty had an outstanding time for us going back to October.

“They had a period each of Saturday’s game and both have good futures.

“I didn’t think it was necessarily a situation where one is above the other, they are both very good players.

“I thought in the early part of the game Ethan looked a spare man down that right hand side and could almost get on the end of something and score.

“Matt then probably created our best chance at the end when he headed across and Clarke and Dicko were both close to getting on the end of it.

“I think a defender got a touch to it and put it out to a corner.

“From that right back area you can create a lot and both Ethan and Matt have done that for us.

“And Ethan has also got two very vital goals for us in his few appearances.”

At the same time as replacing Ebanks-Landell with Doherty shortly after half time, Jackett also introduced Leon Clarke for James Henry.

Whilst not expecting any signs of tiredness so soon into Wolves’ congested spell of fixtures, the Head Coach explained it was just a change to try and win the game without considering tomorrow’s trip to Crawley.

“I don’t think there was any tiredness I don’t think that is the case,” he said.

“In terms of the games we prepare the players very well and it’s perhaps an easy excuse and not one that I particularly want to offer.

“I don’t think that tiredness was a factor to offer today.

“I thought James Henry was doing o-k but I just felt that I had to change it after 55 to 60 minutes.

“There was a number of people who could have come off - James was unlucky and Ethan was unlucky as well.

“I needed to get Clarke on the pitch and felt a fresh full back with some running might have done it too.

“It wasn’t a criticism of the players coming off but more the fact that changes had to be made to roll the dice.

“I wasn’t necessarily looking at Tuesday’s game, it was about trying to win the game and to get Clarke onto the pitch.”

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