Kenny Jackett says Wolves must quickly learn the lessons from Saturday’s defeat to MK Dons and target a healthy points haul from the hectic festive schedule.
The Head Coach acknowledges he has selection issues to mull over in the wake of back-to-back defeats, but that the main focus is the players swiftly regaining the appetite and application which has served them so well this season.
Jackett said: “I wouldn’t say it was every player on Saturday – some players had good games, some didn’t, but we didn’t have the balance right as a team in terms of being hungry and we were carrying too many people.
“I spoke to them at half-time and after the game and my views after analysing it are exactly the same.
“We can do better going forwards, we can just generally show more energy and more workrate.
“We don’t put sides under enough pressure, we don’t win it back enough and we don’t get the ball in the other team’s half and go past people enough and put people out of the game.
“They’re all things we need to improve on and can we do better on that internally? Yes I think we can.
“The most important thing now is to look ahead – we’re looking at December 21, the 26th, the 29th and January 1 and 3.
“There are 15 points to play for and everyone plays exactly the same programme so everyone is in the same situation, which is all you ask.
“Over this period we have to get a good chunk of those 15 points if we can.
“But we’ll have to do it with a greater appetite than we showed on Saturday.
“We’ll see in terms of the selection.
“But it needs to be a hungry team that wants to work harder than we did last weekend, whether that’s the same players or different ones.
“That’s got to be the case at Rotherham.”
Jackett is also expecting a positive response from Bakary Sako and Leigh Griffiths to having been substituted at half time of Saturday’s game.
Sako and Griffiths have proved two of Wolves’ key attacking threats so far this season, but both were withdrawn after which Jackett criticised their workrate.
He is now expecting them to bounce back strongly ahead of such a quickfire spell of games with 15 points up for grabs.
“They have to work harder than they did in the first half because I was very disappointed in what they did and for both of them, they know those their standards have to be kept up,” said Jackett.
“Sako and Leigh Griffiths have got to respond in the right way and they will get a chance to do that.
“They can’t put in a first 45 minutes like they did because it wasn’t enough.
“It’s up to everybody to perform and to do well and there always should be competition around and alternatives.
“That’s no different in the centre-forward and wide-left positions.
“You want alternatives and competition running right through the squad if you’re going to be successful.
“And if players’ performances dip, the best way of getting the best out of them is for them to have to battle and fight for their place.
“Sako is a player who can win us games and can create and score goals.
“That’s what he does best. When he’s at his best he can be devastating doing that.
“His standards are ones he’s set himself because everybody knows he can do it.
“He’s done it many times for Wolves over the last 18 months.”
Jackett said James Henry is suffering from a slight groin injury which kept him out of training yesterday but should be fit for Saturday’s trip to Rotherham.