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09:33 26th March 2014

Boss on Clarke and Dicko threat

Kenny Jackett is confident Wolves possess strikers for all eventualities with Leon Clarke and Nouha Dicko able to offer different threats to the opposition.

Clarke produced a lively performance in last night’s 4-2 win against Colchester, but was unable to convert any of his chances to build on the excellent first goal of his second Wolves spell at Swindon a fortnight ago.

Dicko came off the bench later on and eased any lingering nerves by scoring with virtually the last kick of the game as Wolves cemented their hold on top spot on Sky Bet League One.

Clarke has 19 goals this season, and Dicko 14, with Jackett believing that firepower will stand Wolves in good stead over the remaining eight games.

“Leon had many chances last night but it will come for him,” said the Head Coach.

“He is a really good option for us.

“There are times when we need Nouha’s pace up front and other times when we need Leon’s experience and back-to-goal play which does really help our football.

“Both of them have big parts to play for us and Leon is experienced enough to know he just has to keep getting in there and getting those chances and he knows they will keep coming.”

Midfielder Dave Edwards has been getting among the goals, scoring for the second successive match in last night’s win.

The Welsh international has made an impressive return to the side but was withdrawn shortly after half time as a precaution.

“Dave Edwards was feeling tired around his hamstring area and, while he has just come back into the side, we have to make sure we look after him,” added Jackett.

“He has been a very good player for us in the times he has contributed.

“Hopefully he will not have any ill-effects from last night and will be ok for Saturday.”

Jackett was delighted to see his team score four goals last night, but says the spell in the game when Colchester hit back and were close to levelling will not be “brushed under the carpet”.

“Colchester went to a diamond in midfield and that gave us a lot of problems,” said Jackett.

“They got the ball wide with runners into the box - and we didn’t handle that change well enough.

“It made it closer than it should have been.

“You have to put it all into context.

“We shouldn’t brush that aside, and are certainly not going to brush that under the carpet, or not talk about it or not say that we should have done better.

“We couldn’t handle their runners into the box.

“From suddenly having one up front they regularly had three and four in the box and we didn’t cope, we didn’t adjust and we didn’t do well enough in that period.

“But also the football we played was terrific. We scored four goals and could have scored a lot more.

“We’re not happy, as I say, but also there are a lot of positives from the game.

“And it shows you that it is not easy – it’s a tough division and it is hard to be 100 per cent for each and every game.

“The form side are probably Rotherham who have gone 14 games unbeaten with an excellent win.” 

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