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Jackett Reflects On Hard Earned Point

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22:30 1st April 2014

Gaffer's Stevenage verdict

“If you can’t win the game then don’t get beat” – that was the post-match message from Head Coach Kenny Jackett as Wolves emerged from a tight contest with Stevenage with a goalless draw.

Many of the game’s chances came in the second half, and most fell to Wolves, with Leon Clarke, Nouha Dicko and Lee Evans all denied by Stevenage keeper Chris Day.

But the home side also had their moments, Jimmy Smith seeing one shot excellently saved by Carl Ikeme and then volleying wide, with the Wolves keeper having done well to prevent an own goal from Kevin McDonald in the first period.

Jackett admitted he was not disappointed with a point which took Wolves’ tally to 87 from 40 games so far this season.

“It was a close game but in the second half we had the better of it and had some big chances,” said the Head Coach.

“We didn’t put them away but that was all the second half lacked.

“It’s a hard place to come and there was a high energy level from Stevenage tonight.

“In the context of the bigger picture I am not disappointed with a point.

“That was our game in hand on third place and that extends it to 11 points with us having six games to go.

“The position is very good.

“In terms of our performance we want to get our full energy and sparkle back for Saturday to do well against Peterborough.

“Stevenage had a very high motivation level and we just couldn’t find that goal in the second half.

“But I am pleased with another clean sheet and we were terrific defensively as a side.

“If you can’t win then don’t get beat.

“Perhaps the only criticism tonight is the finishing and that was the difference between that and other performances as one goal might have opened it up.

“Lee Evans had a couple of chances when he came on.

“He did really well with the first one from Kevin McDonald’s pullback and the second one was a volley.

“He is a good attacking midfield player who can get in there and get opportunities.

“The keeper also made a good save from Nouha and from Leon Clarke and they were the big chances in the second half when it was our best period in the game.”

Wolves lost James Henry to a groin injury early in the game, prompting a change of balance and emphasis from Jackett’s team.

“It is a groin injury with Henry – I can’t see him being right on Saturday but you never know,” she said.

“We will see how he is.

“We didn’t have the natural balance we have had recently with Henry and Sako and so there was a different look to our frontline.

“That is always going to happen in this spell of matches.

“We have had such a good run with no injuries that we have to just find another mix now.

“Without Sako and Henry the side looked slightly different.

“I do think we know our system which is a good thing and the likes of Liam coming in has helped us.

“He has predominantly played as a centre forward in his career but in that wide area he can help us.

“We will have to keep working away at it and try to get people back fit.

“After that the balance and the flow of the team has to change slightly to find a different way to win.”

Now it’s on to Peterborough at Molineux on Saturday (3pm), with Jackett acknowledging Wolves still have work to do in their push for promotion.

He added:  “We have got a very high points total – we have known we have needed that all season and it certainly hasn’t been easy.

“Tonight was a very good example of that.

“To get the amount of points we have got so far has been very good.

“In the last half a dozen games now we need to gather all our energy and make sure that we focus and capitalise on the good position we are in.

“Overall we have worked very hard so far this season to get into this position.”

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