Kenny Jackett has again stated he is pleased with how Wolves have started his first season at helm – but is still demanding further improvement.
Conceding a late equaliser to Coventry yesterday saw Wolves fall further behind top two Leyton Orient and Peterborough, but after one of the best start in the club’s history with 26 points from the first 11 games.
Even with that start, Jackett is keen for his revamped squad to continue to work on improving and, in particular, seeing games out after taking the lead.
“It is a very good return,” he said of the points tally.
“But speaking straight after the game we do feel that it was two points lost against Coventry.
“You can assess and look at games very differently straight after they finish.
“We’ve had one defeat in 11 so there is a lot of positives to base things on and there is a good attitude and spirit in the players.
“We are always looking to improve and we have things to work on.
“While we are not disappointed with our points total we are looking to put teams away when we are on top because it is a crucial part of the game for any team.”
Wolves are yet to concede in the first half of any game this season, 14 in total, but have conceded the majority of their goals late on.
Jackett is not reading too much into that statistic, not least as the team have the best defensive record in Sky Bet League One ahead of tomorrow’s visit of Oldham (7.45pm).
“I am sure it is a concern but if you look through the leagues there is a high percentage of goals that come in the last quarter of games,” added the Head Coach.
“That happens for all teams.
“But we can’t be complaining about our goals against column or the way they have come because that has been pretty solid and our goalkeeper didn’t have much to do yesterday.
“It’s about making sure we have enough going forward the other way and also making sure that when we do have our periods, like we did when on top in the second half, that we can put sides away.
“Fair play to Coventry though, they kept going and played their part in a very good game.
“They have made a positive start to the season as it has for ourselves and in adversity they have come together very well.”
A couple of standout performances for Wolves came with Leigh Griffiths coolly despatching his eighth goal of the season and James Henry impressing on the right and winning the sponsors’ Man of the Match award.
Jackett was pleased with both.
“Leigh took his goal well and he looked a threat from the very first minute,” he said.
“Two or three times he nearly got in during the first five minutes.
“It’s another goal for him and I’m pleased with his total and his overall contribution all season.
“He’s got a very good attitude and we are pleased with how he is doing.
“It was a good performance from James Henry who created a lot from the right and I think we should have carved more out from it and tested their keeper a lot more.
“It was his first league game at Molineux and it’s something for him to build on.
“Hopefully he can build up a good understanding with Doherty down the right hand side and they can do well both defensively and in terms of creating goals.”