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Jackett Pinpoints Clarke Power


23:27 16th July 2014

Striker makes it four in three as Wolves beat Bohs

Kenny Jackett has backed Leon Clarke to make an impact in the Sky Bet Championship after the striker continued his impressive early-season form against Bohemians.

A first half brace made it four goals in three halves of football for Clarke, with fellow striker Nouha Dicko also on target in the 3-1 win at the Dalymount Stadium.

“For Clarke to score in every game is good and also Nouha got a very unusual goal in the second with some power and some perseverance,” he said.

“For those forwards to get goals early in pre-season does help - it builds them up.

“Clarke has got a lot of experience and I think in either role, the number 9 or the number 10 that type of power is going to be needed in the Championship.”

Wolves have now won their pre-season friendlies 3-1, 4-1 and 3-1 and, while Jackett is not reading too much into the results, he was pleased once again with his team’s attitude and application in defeating Bohs.

Conditions in certain areas of the pitch were difficult, and Jackett confirmed it was agreed not to risk goalkeeper Carl Ikeme due to the condition of the goalmouths.

Instead Ikeme carried out some pre-match fitness work to keep himself ticking over.

“We got through the game with no injuries and it was a good workout for everyone,” said Jackett.

“The pitch wasn’t as good and made the game less fluent and I was pleased with the workout.

“You could see a team in the first half but in the second we had to develop it and work it.

“We’ve got almost a week now before the Peterborough game which is just how things worked out with the fixtures and wanting to get away.”

In terms of any potential signings, Jackett confirmed Wolves are continuing to monitor the market but are not currently close to adding to the squad.

“We’ve got no bids in, or are close to or approaching any bids, or we haven’t any approaches in for forwards of other clubs,” he added.

“If we need to add (a striker) we will but I wouldn’t say to our supporters that we are going to sign this player or that player before the start of the season.

“But we are always looking to improve.

“Our scouting department are consistently working hard to know what the market is like and then it is an assessment against what we have all the time.”

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