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Griffiths Back On Goal Trail


11:31 30th September 2013

Striker pays tribute to defence

Leigh Griffiths was pleased to get back on the goalscoring trail against Sheffield United – but was quick to pay tribute to the defence for paving the way for Saturday’s 2-0 win.

Griffiths latched on to Bakary Sako’s excellent crossfield pass and took advantage of some good fortune for the opener before Sako himself fired him an unstoppable second in the closing stages.

It was just rewards for an impressive second half display from Wolves, after a first half in which the defence and keeper Carl Ikeme held firm after United pressed.

“We didn’t get started in the game and Sheffield United took a hold of it,” said Jackett.

“But the manager had a word with us at half-time and we came on stronger in the second-half and there was only one team in it then.

“The main thing is as long as we’re keeping clean sheets at the back we’ve always got a chance to win games.

“I said to my two mates there before the game that I’d like a two-yard tap-in and thankfully I got that.

“I hadn’t been scoring recently so I was just delighted to get back on the scoresheet and put us in a winning position.

“The goalie pushed my first shot back out and thankfully it hit me on my thigh and it went back in.

“I was just delighted to see it go in and the fans go wild.

“Hopefully I can go on a run now.”

As for Sako’s strike Griffiths was full of admiration.

“I wouldn’t have liked to have been the keeper!” he added.

“I think he dived after it went in the net!

“The big man has that in his locker.

“In the second-half Sako was different class and his quality shone through.

 “He laid one on a plate for me and his goal was unbelievable to be honest.

“He does it every day in training.

“He hits the ball like that in training and Joe Gallen has told us if he’s hitting it like that from far out to get in the way but I said ‘no chance – he’ll end up killing me!’”

Wolves have now taken 22 points from their first nine games of the season, an excellent return but one which still leaves them behind Leyton Orient and Peterborough at the hotly contested top end of Sky Bet League One.

“It was important to have a good start (to the season),” said Griffiths.

“The manager wanted to see us in the top three in the first 10 games of the season so we’re in there and we’re in with a great shout.”

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