Kenny Jackett has explained his decision to rest Kevin Doyle against Oldham, done partly due to the tactics on the night and partly because of the Irish striker’s recent schedule.
Wolves’ Head Coach opted for an extra man in midfield to counter Oldham’s passing style on Tuesday night, and was pleased with Lee Evans’ return to the side in that role.
In deciding on his lone frontman, he went for top scorer Leigh Griffiths, who hadn’t been used by Scotland on recent international duty, in contrast to Doyle, who had followed up two 90 minutes as a wide midfielder for the Republic of Ireland with another full game for Wolves against Coventry.
And Griffiths duly obliged once again with his ninth goal of the season rounding off Tuesday’s 2-0 win against the Latics.
“I felt that tactically against a very good passing side we needed an extra man in midfield,” said Jackett.
“I also felt the build-up of games after playing twice for Ireland and on Saturday was a factor.
“So it was partly tactical to negate a good passing team and have the extra player in midfield for which I felt Lee Evans had a very good performance in his first game for a while.
“Lee is 19 years old and is going to be in and out of the team – that is the way things are.
“I do feel that in an attacking midfield role where he can run freely and create and score goals is something at this stage of his career is right for him.”
James Henry meanwhile says Wolves need to look after their own results, starting with a tough test at Bradford on Saturday, if they are to gatecrash the top two – Leyton Orient and Peterborough – who have been setting a hot pace.
“We’re just going into every game worrying about our own results,” says the in-form midfielder.
“I think we did the job against Oldham on Tuesday and we can look forward to Bradford away on Saturday and really push on and try to cement a place in the top two.
“We’ll take 1-0 wins if that’s what it takes - three points is what the team wants and collectively, we want to play well too.
“We’re all looking to get promoted and winning is the main thing.
“Sometimes that (teams making it difficult for Wolves) happens and you have to be patient.
“That’s what happened in the first half but we bided our time and in the second half we came out with all guns blazing and we got on top from the whistle and really took the game to them.
“We didn’t really give them a chance on the ball – we were pressing them really high up the pitch and then won the ball back in good areas and that’s what we wanted to do.
“I was just delighted we got three points and for personally, to get off the mark with a goal.”