Kenny Jackett was pleased to see Wolves return to winning ways with a 2-0 victory against Crewe – but acknowledged the game was still open until Leigh Griffiths’ injury time second.
The Molineux Men got off to the perfect start as the recalled Michael Jacobs headed home Scott Golbourne’s third minute shot, but while Crewe created several openings, it was Wolves’ who went closest with Danny Batth hitting the post, Griffiths seeing a header turned onto the crossbar before his clinical injury time finish.
The Head Coach was pleased with the number of chances created, and also the clean sheet, as Wolves kept pace with a top of the Sky Bet League One which saw five of the top six net maximum hauls.
“We started well and it gave us a good platform to go off,” said Jackett.
“The game is still not finished without a second goal and we created a lot of chances today.
“We didn’t put them away and that had us on edge right up until that second goal which decided the game.
“I am looking at it as a positive because of the high number of chances we created and we did enough to put away a spirited Crewe team.
“I expected them to play like they did – in a way the game almost takes on a local derby for them and is a big occasion for them and almost ‘no lose’.
“They can go out without too much pressure on them and play freely.
“You could see in their performance that was the way it went but I’m concentrating on my own team and we showed some good play and created some good opportunities.
“We had a lot of chances particularly in the second half when we were dominant.
“Until Griffiths got the second goal it wasn’t entirely safe but we are very pleased with the clean sheet and pleased with the win which means we keep pace with a top of the division which is winning consistently.
“For the boys at the back it was a first clean sheet for a while and that’s a welcome addition for us as well.”
It was Wolves’ first Boxing Day victory in seven years stretching back to a victory at Derby in 2006, and came amid several changes to the team which ended up with Griffiths again starting as a substitute and Kevin Doyle and Bakary Sako also on the bench.
Jackett explained: “It is the way the side is developing and has developed.
“I wanted more closing down and more running and ability to run in behind.
“I felt that Cassidy gave us a lot today and was a handful with his physical presence and his pace and brought a lot of the game as did Jack Price and Ethan Ebanks-Landell when he came on.
“There were some good performances from our young players today and that will push some of the senior players which you always want.
“Cassidy has had a few starts of late – I feel he is progressing all the time and showing a good option for us up front.
“He really worked the Crewe defenders and I was pleased with him – it was his best performance in a home game.
“Coming off the bench in the second half Griffiths had the chance to give us a lot and he got us the goal.
“I am looking for us to have a threat in behind and consistently hurt defenders and I don’t think that has been happening too much.
“That was the reason for the changes and it wasn’t really to do with the Leyton Orient game coming up.
“We were looking just at this game and I certainly wouldn’t be as complacent to under-estimate anybody by looking ahead to a game further on.
“You do need to change it around at times, give other people chances and bring fresh energy into it.
“It is hard to go completely through the season and play.
“All of those players can come back and be big players in contributing for us both over the Christmas period and in the second half of the season.”
Jackett revealed Scott Golbourne picked up a dead leg during the game and therefore has a chance of featuring in Sunday’s top two clash with Leyton Orient (3pm).
“That promises to be a fantastic game in a fantastic atmosphere and it’s all set up nicely with us winning today,” added Jackett.