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Honing The Plans


08:00 17th July 2014

Wolves set to step things up

Kenny Jackett will start to hone his first team plans at Tuesday’s friendly at Peterborough United.

The Wolves’ Head Coach has so far fielded different teams in each half of the three pre-season friendly games, Wolves scoring ten goals and conceding three against Cheltenham, Shamrock Rovers and Bohemians.

Jackett shuffled the personnel in last night’s 3-1 win at Bohs, and admitted it affected the flow of the team, especially in the second half.

“You could see a team in the first half but in the second we had to develop it and work it,” he explained.

“While individuals did well it showed that when players are thrown together the development doesn’t always come and it is difficult as a one-off.

“I wanted to look at the partnership of Ebanks-Landell and Ricketts and see how they did.

“For me the partnership of Ebanks-Landell and Hause might be a little bit young for the league so I wanted to give Ethan a go with an experienced partner beside him.

“Although it is pre-season and our season hasn’t started yet I am looking to use my experience to feel how certain players will do, working at different situations and different combinations.

“A lot if it is assessing the players now and also what they have done before for me and what they did last season and what they’ve done previously in their careers.

“As we go into the Peterborough team I think we will be looking to settle the side down and play 90 minutes.

“But I am pleased with the base we have given ourselves in the first few weeks.”

With Carl Ikeme not risked last night the only other player not to enjoy a runout was Eusebio Bancessi, who made a brief first team bow in Monday’s win at Shamrock Rovers.

Bancessi may only have enjoyed a few minutes of playing time during the week in Ireland, but Jackett believes he will have picked up some valuable experience training with, and being around, the first team group.

“I felt bringing a young player or two would cover me and make sure everyone could play a part.” said Jackett.

“I don’t like it when players come off and then have to come back on as it looks unprofessional.

“Taking a young player for some experience is good and quite often there is a knock and it opens out in the second game for them to play.

“That wasn’t the case but it was still good experience for him (Eusebio) to come out and train with us.”



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