Kenny Jackett tonight declared himself pleased with Wolves’ opening workout of pre-season after a 3-1 win against Cheltenham at Whaddon Road.
The Head Coach fielded a different team in each half, with a Bakary Sako penalty and Dave Edwards goal securing a 2-0 lead at the interval, before Leon Clarke added a third shortly after the break.
Cheltenham pulled one back with a fine free kick from Matt Richards but Wolves ran out 3-1 victors to launch their pre-season on a winning note.
Jackett said: “It was our first competitive game of pre-season and it was good for everybody in the first team squad to get 45 minutes.
“It was a good workout for us and we scored three goals and hit the post as well.
“Coming through it we’ve had no injuries as well and we now go into the Ireland tour feeling very positive.
“We are a settled group with only adding two players in the summer and everybody knows their jobs which is probably a big difference from this time last year.
“We now have to get as fit as we possibly can and as much game time as we can in our pre-season and then look at a very busy August with potentially seven games and another six in September.
“We want to start very well and look at those two months and do as well as we possibly can in a very good Championship.”
There were debuts for new signings Rajiv van La Parra and Tommy Rowe and also young defender Kortney Hause, all three coming on at half time.
Jackett added: “It’s early days for all of the lads but we are pleased with the new additions.
“I felt Rajiv showed an ability in a wide position to go past a player and get a shot in which is something he has showed a lot in training in the last two weeks.
“And for Tommy Rowe, settling down in front of the back four is a position where he can bring a high amount of ability for us as well as a very creative left foot.
“Kortney at 19 playing at left centre half – it was a big day for him playing for Wolves in front of a crowd but he looks a big, powerful lad and will have learned a lot from tonight.”