Kenny Jackett tonight hailed another impressive Wolves performance as a 3-0 victory at Walsall made it eight in a row for his in-form side.
A well-worked first half goal from Nouha Dicko was the difference of an evenly-contested first half at the Banks’s Stadium, and the striker then added a second from close range after the break when James Henry’s cross came back off the post.
Bakary Sako then sealed the points with a superb free kick.
“It’s a great result for us,” said Jackett.
“There was a big motivation level from Walsall to beat Wolves and you could see it in their players today and in their crowd.
“It was built up as a massive game and quite rightly so because that is something that has been there for us constantly throughout the season.
“On a bobbly pitch we did really well to overcome that and I was delighted with the clean sheet.
“Both teams are passing teams and it wasn’t easy to do that today and you do see a different type of game in a local derby.
“In front of goal we were ruthless.
“The first goal in particular was very good and that can be the key goal in a derby game.
“James Henry made a great run down the line with some old fashioned wing play and put in a great cross.
“Nouha Dicko got himself in front of the defender and attacked the space across his man in the six yard box and finished it very well.
“That gave us a great incentive and something both to hang onto and then take forwards in the game.
“It changed the complexion of the game and meant we could sit deep and defend very well which we did.
“Nouha then got the second goal following a very dangerous cross into the area and Bakary is capable of producing what he produced for the third.
“His left foot is excellent and as well as the free kick, some of his crossing today was terrific.
“We are delighted because potentially this was a very tricky game for us and was a difficult place for us to come.
“I’ve got a lot of respect for Walsall who play some very good football.
“The pitch did make moving the ball from side to side very difficult but we did well to overcome it.”
Asked about whether the scoreline flattered Wolves, Jackett insisted it was more a case of just rewards for some clinical finishing.
He said: “I understand the question but goals affect games and at this stage of the season you can see how important it is to our players to win games.
“The drive is there to try and get into the Championship.
“It was almost a free game for Walsall who could come out and attack us.
“I was pleased with our defending and our team spirit as well.
“We’ve had a settled back four and goalkeeper and that really helps.
“When you can consistently pick the same players it is important because their understanding by this stage of the season is very good.”
Jackett also played down a melee at the end of the game as Wolves were celebrating in front of their supporters.
“Was that the two goalkeepers?” said Jackett.
“I wasn’t outside at the time but Aaron said that the Walsall goalkeeper wasn’t too happy with him celebrating.
“He wanted to go over and congratulate Carl as he always does.
“I told all of the players to give the supporters good recognition because they had backed us very well.
“Aaron has got a lot of respect for Walsall because he was here last season and did very well.
“We all have a lot of respect for Walsall Football Club and their manager who is an excellent manager.
“This was a different sort of game with it being a derby but we’ve come through it in a different way to how we have done lately.”