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Jackett Pleased With Rovers Win

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00:35 15th July 2014

Gaffer reflects on first Irish friendly

Kenny Jackett was pleased with another impressive friendly performance as Wolves’ latest game of two teams saw them run out 4-1 winners at Shamrock Rovers.

Wolves came from behind to beat the League of Ireland side at the Tallaght Stadium, Leon Clarke, Liam McAlinden, Nouha Dicko and a Bakary Sako penalty providing the goals.

And while the Head Coach actually felt his team could have scored more against a team much changed from that which had played an important league game the previous day.

“It was a good pre-season game,” said Jackett.

“It wasn’t too confrontational which is good and I thought the pitch was excellent.

“The standard of our finishing and some of our passing could have been sharper but overall it was exactly what it was - a training exercise, a good pre-season game.

There is a bigger picture going on at this stage of the season but it is also always nice to win.

“And I would suggest we maybe could have scored more goals.

“Liam had some more chances and I think the pick of the goals came from Clarke which was really well-worked and he ended up making it look simple.”

Young midfielder Declan Weeks followed in the footsteps of Kortney Hause and Rajiv Van La Parra by making his first senior appearance in last night’s game.

And the 18-year-old – capped by Wales at Under-19 level - produced an impressive display.

“Declan is a good footballer and he showed that tonight,” added Jackett.

“He showed a lot of personality for his first time with the group and he can really work hard at the physical side of the game he certainly has a lot of footballing ability and confidence and personality on the ball.

“He is a similar player to Jack Price and his running stats have been very good pre-season.

“He is capable of getting around the pitch and is a holding player where the ball can go through him and he can prompt and set up play.”

The only minor blot on the landscape was the injury which forced James Henry off shortly before half time although on a brighter note Jackett was able to report it was nothing serious.

“He was o-k,” said Jackett.

“It’s some type of shin problem that comes and goes with him and we don’t anticipate him being any problems, which is good news.”

 

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