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Jackett Hails A Gutsy Win


22:34 28th January 2014

Second half showing sees off Oldham

Kenny Jackett tonight reflected on a “gutsy win” for Wolves at Oldham as they balanced some solid defending with some impressive firepower to seal a 3-0 win at Boundary Park.

All the goals came in the second half, Kevin McDonald opening the scoring shortly after the break and then Michael Jacobs and James Henry sealing the victory on 88 and 93 minutes respectively.

In between times Wolves defended well as a unit, whilst also forcing plenty of saves from home keeper Mark Oxley.

“It was a very good win for us,” said the Head Coach, who has seen his team score eight goals in the last three games and conceded only a penalty against Bristol City.

“It was a cracking game even for the neutral, almost an old-fashioned slug out with the ball in either team’s box for the majority of the time with both sides full-out in attack.

“I’m delighted to say we defended our box fantastically and with the amount of free kicks coming in and Oldham being a big side it was an excellent clean sheet.

“Coming to Boundary Park it can to be tough to defend that but we did it very well.

“Their keeper made some outstanding saves – on top of us scoring three goals we also worked the keeper a lot tonight.

“That is something we have to hang onto and continue to do.

“We scored some quality goals and our shots total shows we worked the keeper.

“I like our attitude and our spirit tonight because we needed that coming here - it was a gutsy win.

“Looking around the top two have won tonight as well and this keeps us up there with the pace which is the most important thing at this stage of the season.

“You have to get results in different types of games to do well in this division.

“From Molineux and the big pitch to tonight when Oldham are competing very well and getting the ball into our box from every angle and every free kick.”

With three days remaining until the transfer deadline, there was plenty of post-match talk about possible ins and outs at Wolves prior to 11pm on Friday.

Jackett revealed that there has been further dialogue Celtic over a possible switch for Leigh Griffiths, who was an unused substitute at Boundary Park.

“There has been more talk and dialogue today I believe,” said Jackett.

“But that was all above me as I was concentrating on the game today.

“Leigh’s attitude has been good and he’s with the other players but there has been further contact today and we will see where that goes.

“The Chairman and the Chief Executive have been handling that side of it and there will be a valuation for a player who is 23 years old, a very good goalscorer and an international as well.

“It does seem that Celtic are very interested.”

And in terms of potential incomings, Jackett says Wolves were continuing to monitor several situations which could yet develop before the end of the week.

He said:  “We are no closer to anything as yet and haven’t put any fresh bids in for players.

“But we hope that we can do some business and we want to.

“There hasn’t been a breakthrough as yet but there are one or two situations that are ‘parked’ that may come back to us.

“Like a lot of clubs we are probably waiting on a chain reaction of players going into clubs and there being a domino effect, certainly with strikers.

“We have been working hard to try and bring another player in and on more than one avenue.

“Those bids are parked and there hasn’t been any development over the last couple of days but there are situations which could be activated by the other clubs signing players themselves.”

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