Kenny Jackett tonight reflected on “as good a performance as we’ve put on this season” as Wolves enjoyed an impressive 3-0 win at Colchester this afternoon.
Leigh Griffiths opened the scoring with a first half penalty and then added his second shortly after the break, before Kevin Doyle crowned an impressive individual performance with Wolves third.
Carl Ikeme made a fine penalty save to deny Freddie Sears late on and protect Wolves’ third successive clean sheet and maintain the hot pace with the Sky Bet League One front runners.
“It was a very good performance, probably as good a performance as we’ve put on this season,” said the Head Coach.
“I was very pleased both with the performance and the overall result.
“Our ball retention today was important but not just for its own sake –we needed to keep the ball but not for possession’s sake.
“We had to have a threat to the opposition back four and in particular a combination of passes or running with the ball that can turn defenders.
“Carl (Ikeme) has been in excellent form this season and our goals against column has been a major contribution to us getting 25 points from ten games which is an outstanding start.
“Hopefully we will also score goals like we have done today but it is a tough division and we are now going into the winter period.
“But 25 points from ten games and we’re still work in progress is where I would say we are.”
Ikeme was called into action both before Wolves’ opener and then late on, particularly with the penalty, which Jackett believes came from some poor refereeing decisions towards the end of the game.
“The period that Colchester came into the game was probably the last quarter when I felt the referee was giving them every decision including one big decision for the penalty,” he added.
“I’ve just seen that again and it wasn’t a penalty.
“They were getting every throw-in and free kick and I think that made the flow go towards them.
“Perhaps we can do better tactically in those situations but after that it’s a good performance and a very good result.”
Elsewhere there was also praise for Doyle, who has also won a Republic of Ireland recall thanks to his excellent start to the season, and new loan signing James Henry, whose impressive debut included setting up Doyle’s goal.
“Kevin’s performance showed quality and leadership up front today,” said Jackett.
“I am delighted for him on a personal level that he got back into the Ireland squad because that has been an ambition for him.
“I was also pleased with James’ fitness levels because things haven’t really gone for him particularly well this season.
“This was his first game and was an assured performance where he gave us good balance on the right hand side.
“He is 24 now and I would like to think there is still more to come as well.
“He has had three good seasons in the Championship and has now come into what I would consider to be the biggest club he has played for.
“Now at that age I would think his best years are ahead of him.”
Jackett meanwhile said he expects Bakary Sako to return to training tomorrow provided he has overcome his illness.
The winger didn’t travel to Colchester and Wolves yesterday confirmed that they have broken off negotiations with Nottingham Forest over a possible move.
“We need to be able to play without individual players and we will need to do that if we are to get promoted,” said Jackett.
“Without Sako we have now won against Port Vale and Colchester, but he will be welcome to come back in.
“Hopefully he will feel better over the weekend and I would expect him back in tomorrow.
“He is an outstanding player and if at all possible we would like him to stay and play well for our club.”