Kenny Jackett believes midfielder Dave Edwards now has the chance to make a good contribution to Wolves’ season after completing his first 90 minutes in eight months against Oldham on Saturday.
The Welsh international finished last season with a hamstring injury, but after an impressive pre-season started the first league game under Jackett at Preston, only to pick up a foot injury which left him sidelined.
He did return for the game with Sheffield United, albeit not at peak fitness, and in Saturday’s cup tie proved a lively presence for Wolves particularly fashioning two good chances which Jackett feels he would have taken with added minutes under his belt.
“Dave Edwards has the ability to run from midfield and get goals,” says the Head Coach.
“We moved him deeper in the second half so we could get another forward on but I do think he is an attacking midfield player with that ability to score goals.
“He has also got a very good character.
“Nobody has ever said that Dave isn’t good enough – he has just been unfortunate with injuries so far.
“He is at an age now of 27 where he is probably coming into his prime and if he is able to stay fit he will be able to contribute for us going forward.”
Jackett, who confirmed that Jamie O’Hara didn’t make the matchday on Saturday only based on selection issues, was keen to try and take the positives from a decent display in a tricky game at Oldham, the 1-1 FA Cup draw following a 2-2 share of the spoils at Carlisle in midweek.
“We’ve had two draws on the road now with Carlisle and Oldham,” he said.
“So is our glass half empty or half full?
“There are things that we need to be working on and improving but neither game was easy.
“You could see the atmosphere on Saturday and Oldham’s crowd rose to what was, in the end, a typical cup tie.
“We’re unbeaten now in these last two games and, while we would have liked to have won them, I don’t necessarily think we did enough.
“Once we didn’t put the game away in the first half on Saturday when we had the superior possession and chances it was always going to be tough.
“We were very much in the game and were just needing to finish off some of those chances.
“We’re hopeful we can finish the job off but we certainly won’t be casual about that because Oldham played with a lot of heart.
“If we could have won the game first off then great but Oldham away in the FA Cup is no easy tie.
“We are in a situation now where we can look forward to a game at Molineux a week on Tuesday.”
A decision is expected on Monday as to whether Wolves’ Sky Bet League One fixture at Notts County on Saturday will go ahead.
The FA Cup replay with Oldham has been set for Tuesday, November 19 (7.45pm) at Molineux, with the winners then landing a home tie against Mansfield in yesterday’s second round draw.
That game will take place over the weekend of December 7/8.
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