Kenny Jackett described tonight’s last gasp defeat to Gillingham as “desperately disappointing” after Wolves failed to make their possession count for the third game in succession.
After failing to make the most of their territorial dominance on a blustery night at Priestfield, Wolves were made to pay the ultimate price as Cody McDonald converted the only goal of the game with just 30 seconds of the two minutes of added time remaining.
And that left Wolves’ Head Coach once again frustrated at the team’s inability to find a clinical edge to make the most of some more impressive spells of football.
“I am desperately disappointed with the result and we know where we need to improve,” said Jackett.
“The last three games – Leyton Orient, Tranmere and Gillingham - have been the same.
“We have had good control of the game and looked the better side but only got two points out of nine which is a poor return.
“We dominated a lot of the game but didn’t go past our men enough, get the ball in the box enough from one v one situations and, for the amount of possession we had up around their box, work their goalkeeper enough.
“It was poor marking in the box from our back four in particular for their goal and it was a big frustration.
“We never want to lose and are desperately disappointed with the result but even a point wouldn’t have masked our problems tonight.
“A lot of our play is very good but it’s a familiar theme from our last three games where we have had control of the game and not killed sides off.
“If you don’t then the opposition gets encouraged as the game goes on.
“I was hoping we would find something but as the game went on I thought we were really bereft of ideas in and around their box - their defenders handled us.
“That’s an area where we do need to improve on when we get up and around the opposition’s box.
“For our good approach play that has improved during the course of the season we need to do better.
“We need to improve and even before tonight three of the last four games had been draws and scorelines a lot closer than the possession suggests.
“We want to keep control of games and we want to build from the back but we’ve got to be more ruthless and put sides away.
“I can’t fault the effort and commitment of the players.
“We haven’t come down to Kent tonight and not shown up – we have had the lion’s share of the play.
“We also know that it is a game we should have won and that’s a desperately disappointing thing.”
Jackett also revealed that he was disappointed with goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, saying the Welsh number one had told him he didn’t want to feature after injury to Carl Ikeme.
He was however pleased with the performance of Aaron McCarey, called back from his loan spell at York – where he had missed the New Year’s Day game with illness – to produce a confident display.
“Carl Ikeme got injured and Wayne came in yesterday morning and said he didn’t want to play which I think is a poor decision from him and unprofessional,” said Jackett.
“From my point of view I think it is a poor decision by Wayne but it’s how he feels.
“I don’t think it is particularly professional but it was Wayne’s call and we move on and will look at it next week.
“He didn’t say he wasn’t in the right frame of mind – he said he didn’t want to play at Gillingham – those were his words.
“I can only tell the truth and say it how it is and after that we were shortly going to travel to Gillingham.
“Wayne is a Wolves player and we have had no bids at all unless something has happened in the latter stages of today through Jez Moxey and Kevin Thelwell.
“So if there is anything coming in then at present we are in the dark.
“Common sense tells you that there might be one coming but nothing has happened yet.
“So until anything has been sorted out he is still a Wolves player.
“I was fortunate we had Aaron to call back.
“It opened up a chance for Aaron who I rate very highly both as a goalkeeper and as a man and he didn’t disappoint.
“I thought his handling and his levels of confidence were terrific and he should be commended.
“He has worked hard at his loan spells at York and Walsall where he has impressed and to come in and follow up his earlier game in the cup where he pulled off a couple of great saves in the penalty shootout - and be as confident in his handling as he was tonight – he has had a good start to his Wolves career.”