Kenny Jackett remains pleased with Wolves’ start to his first season in charge – and maintains the club’s promotion push is “in our own hands” going into a Molineux double-header.
Home games with Crewe on Boxing Day and Leyton Orient on Sunday (both 3pm) will take Wolves to the halfway point of the season and they currently sit joint top – along with Orient – despite three games without a win.
The Head Coach saw more positive signs with an impressive final half hour in coming from behind to draw at Rotherham on Saturday, and wants more of the same to ensure Wolves stay in the promotion picture heading into the New Year.
“It is very tight up there now but we are one of the sides up there with an opportunity going forward,” says Jackett.
“We are pleased with that – we are not playing catch up – and it is down to ourselves now going into the Christmas period and the second half of the season.
“It is about what we do as a group and as a club that will shape our future but it is all in our hands.
“I’m very pleased that we’re one of the teams involved in it.
“It is a very tight top of the division but the opportunities are there for us this Christmas.”
There was more zip about Wolves’ frontmen at the New York Stadium, with Jackett pleased with the contribution of Bakary Sako after substituting him at half time the previous weekend.
He is also hoping Bjorn Sigurdarson will be able to provide some added pace in getting behind opposition defences to positive effect.
“I felt Sako looked more threatening and more like his best in the second half,” added Jackett.
“I really did feel he could win the game for us and that’s the type of player we have in him.
“It is tough to be at your best all of the time but I felt that Sako responded in the right way.
“And I wanted to give Bjorn a chance to really see if we can get one player who can consistently run in behind.
“I think we have lacked that – some pace in our front line.
“Pace troubles defenders and there have been too many times when our build-up has been contained and in front of sides.
“Bringing some pace into the team were behind my thoughts for starting Bjorn.”
Meanwhile at the other end of the pitch Jackett acknowledged the coaching staff would be analysing the goals conceded at Rotherham, a rarity in a season in which Wolves currently boast the best defensive record in Sky Bet League One.
“We are always disappointed to concede goals,” he added.
“The players are saying that the first one was offside and that was the reason Scott let Dicko go.
“After that it was two headers from crosses which we are usually very good at dealing with.
“I can’t be too critical defensively but we will be looking to get back to zeros and ones.
“If you do concede three it’s not something that will help you regularly pick up points.
“We will analyse the goals and it’s rare for us to concede three.”