Kenny Jackett was pleased to see Wolves finally pick up the points their recent performances deserved after seeing off in-form Preston at Molineux.
Goals in each half from midfielders Dave Edwards and Lee Evans capped a fluent Wolves display against an in-form visiting side who arrived with only one defeat from their previous 16 games.
It followed a period of games where Wolves have produced some very good football without finishing their chances, leaving the Head Coach hoping that the ruthless edge has now returned.
“I thought we played very well and deserved the win,” said Jackett.
“We have been playing like that in the last few games and passing the ball well without getting the results – Gillingham, Tranmere and Leyton Orient.
“Our performance levels over those last few games has probably been better than at any stage of the season.
“But we haven’t been ruthless enough and it was nice to put the chances away today and really make the difference.
“We had created a number of chances and passed the ball very well.
“It has just been a feature of the last few weeks that we have not quite been doing our jobs in and around the opposition penalty box which is such a vital part of the game.
“If you are not ruthless around the box and don’t make it pay when you are on top then you know the opposition are going to come back into it.
“It’s something that we have to keep working on and keep improving on.
“The build-up play and the defending has been solid and I am pleased to say we added some finishing which made the difference today.
“The midfielders got forward well and James Henry was unlucky not to score on a number of occasions from the wide right position.
“Preston are a good side with a good manager who consistently produces winning teams and they will be there at the end – no doubt about that.
“In their own right they are a big club who will be one of the sides who will be competing for one of the three promotion places.
“So a good performance like that against good opposition should give us heart.
“As a club we have to learn because we must make sure that we finish teams off when we get on top of them.
“We need to do that to keep the pace at a very good and competitive top end of League One.”
Jackett was particularly pleased that with pressure rising after a dip in results – not to mention opponents boasting an excellent away record – the Wolves players came out with a freedom and quality which saw them able to produce such a free-flowing performance.
But with Brentford and Leyton Orient both also winning today, Jackett knows it remains very tough at the top!
“It was a key game and a key result – we know that,” he added.
“In this game the pressure builds up the more you don’t win.
“We understand that but you wouldn’t have thought it with the players because they are actually playing with a lot of confidence at present.
“We have got quite a determined and confident bunch but in the end it is only getting wins that can help breed that confidence.
“I am pleased with 2-0 today but still think we can improve and put more of our chances away and get more goals.
“We are in third spot and that’s not where we want to be – we want to be higher.
“We are pleased with today and there are some promising signs in terms of the football but we have to convert that into results.
“If we don’t the top of the league will run away from us and we don’t want that to happen.”
Jackett continued: “It’s been a difficult period results-wise but performances have been excellent.
“If you keep playing well then it does fall for you.
“We have set some standards in the last few weeks from Orient onwards where we have played very good football and been on top and in control of games.
“It is up to us then when we are on top to put sides away.
“It’s something we’ve talked about and worked on because we know we need to improve.
“Results are results and you have to pick up points but our performances have been good for a few weeks.”