Kenny Jackett tonight called on Wolves to be more ruthless in front of goal after his team slipped to a first away league defeat of the season at Peterborough.
A goal from Posh skipper Michael Bostwick 11 minutes from time proved the difference between the two sides during a hard-fought contest in which Wolves enjoyed more of the possession without making it count.
And Jackett and the players were left puzzled by the non-award of a penalty for handball against former Wolves defender Mark Little in the sixth minute by referee Robert Madley, who caused controversy with a spot kick award against Wolves in the closing stages at Middlesbrough last season.
“It was a definite penalty in the first half,” said Wolves’ Head Coach.
“It was early in the game and was a clear decision and the referee had a very good view of it.
“I am scratching my head as to how that decision hasn’t been given.
“I thought straightaway it was a blatant penalty and there was nothing to change my mind when I saw it again on the video after.
“But anyway, it wasn’t given and we have to accept that.
“We can’t have that much of the ball and dominate the game that much without hitting the target.
“We had a really solid foundation right the way through but we do need to do more going forward, and particularly in the first half where we were very dominant and had a lot of the ball up and around their box.
“I didn’t think we were ruthless enough and didn’t do enough in the forward positions right the way through the game.
“The platform was there to be able to do that and take the game on.
“We got into good positions and Edwards and McDonald were dominant in the centre of midfield in terms of winning the ball back and prompting.
“But going forward, as a unit, we didn’t do enough with it.
“We certainly need to be more ruthless and, in certain situations, create more when we have the opportunity to go past people and in the one-on-one situations.”
Jackett does view Wolves’ solidity at the back – Posh’s goal was their only effort on target – as a key factor and firm foundation for the team going forward, but will be looking for more creativity going forward.
Wolves now have a fortnight without a league fixture and currently sit in second position in Sky Bet League One, level on points with leaders Leyton Orient and six clear of third.
“It is always frustrating to lose but we have got to stay positive,” he added.
“We have just got to make sure we need to get it right and what we need to do to add.
“We have got a lot going for us I feel and you could see in our performance today we were very dominant and solid defensively.
“We do need to build on that and make sure it is just a platform for us going forward.
“I was disappointed with the free kick but it is zeros and ones we have been conceding.
“We can’t rely on our defence completely and our fault lies today going forward.
“We’re not going to stop everything going in but we will look at the free kick again.
“Could we have charged it better? There was a touch on it but I wouldn’t be using that as an excuse.
“I am accurate in describing that as Peterborough’s only shot on target.
“We’re in a good position now but we are disappointed with what we did today and need to improve.”