Kenny Jackett tonight reflected on a “frustrating” afternoon for Wolves as their record-breaking winning run came to an end with a goalless draw against Shrewsbury.
Spells of impressive build-up play weren’t matched in the final third as the ruthless edge of recent weeks deserted a Wolves team who still chalked up another point which, on the back of nine successive wins, sees them handily placed at the top of the Sky Bet League One table.
“It was a frustrating day and we certainly didn’t have our shooting boots on,” said the Head Coach.
“Credit to Shrewsbury, I thought playing five at the back made it very difficult for us to get in behind them.
“The set-up of their side was excellent and caused us a lot of problems.
“To some degree, with the sort of record we have had recently people are going to try different things.
“From our point of view we think we can do better and certainly our finishing could be better than it was today.
“It has been ruthless in the early part of games and we can’t get too worried if it doesn’t come in those early stages.
“We have to keep our composure and late in the game I didn’t think we showed the composure we are capable of.
“But that is easier said than done.
“The balls in the box and the penalty area entries were 65 to us and 17 to them.
“It shows that while we got the ball in the box a lot we didn’t get on the end of it and Shrewsbury also defended their box very well.
“That made switching the play tough for us which is something we do well.
“We didn’t really get the ball out into the wide areas enough and then into one-vs-one or two-vs-one situations where we could take a man out and go on and beat him.
“Having said that from the inside areas we had a lot of shots and had one or two of those flown in we would have been feeling differently.
“We didn’t hit the target with those shots and I didn’t think our work into the wide areas was of our usual quality.
“You always look at yourself which is the most important thing and we didn’t hit the target enough today.”
Jackett says the key is to quickly move on and build on what is a ten-game unbeaten run in two tough away games at Crawley on Tuesday and Sheffield United on Saturday.
“I have spoken to the players and said the same things I am saying here about where maybe we could have done better and what we need to do to improve,” he added.
“After that we will take our point and move on because we have to move on very quickly.
“We’re not happy with a point because we wanted three but we take it and move on, and we are still unbeaten.
“We now have another game on Tuesday and have two tough games next week with Crawley and Sheffield United.
“The other side of it is that both of those teams will come and attack us so they will be different games to what we saw today.
“We can’t expect to have everything our own way and it is difficult to keep going and winning every game.
“We have had a lot this season and have done well but we also have to take responsibility and we think we can play better than we did today – we know that.
“And that’s particularly in our shooting and our creative play in the final third, I don’t think we quite did enough in those areas.
“But that’s not something you can switch on and off like a tap, we have to keep concentrating on it.
“And although I’m not happy with a point we take it and move on and try to get back to our clinical best on Tuesday.”
Jackett says skipper Samuel Ricketts, who missed out today with a thigh strain but still took a place in the dugout to support the team, has a chance of being fit for Tuesday’s game.
“He’s got a chance,” said the Head Coach.
“We’ll see how he is tomorrow and if he trains on Monday morning I think he’ll be fine.”