Kenny Jackett had no complaints after Wolves exited the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy after acknowledging his much-changed team didn’t do enough to overcome Notts County.
Despite an improved second half performance Wolves failed to turn their possession into enough clear-cut chances, with Carl Ikeme the busier of the two goalkeepers during a goalless draw at 90 minutes.
And then the visitors showed their superiority in the resulting penalty shootout, scoring all three with Wolves only having Leigh Griffiths on target as Bjorn Sigurdarson and Kevin Foley shot over and James Henry was denied by Fabian Spiess.
“We finally got going in the second half and built up a head of steam after our keeper had made a good save,” said Jackett, missing several regulars due to international call-ups and injury.
“We probably still didn’t do enough and had one good chance cleared from in front of the line.
“Leigh Griffiths was lively tonight and we didn’t really give him the service or the quality inside the box.
“We didn’t do well enough in the first half to get going, we didn’t move the ball quickly enough and the full backs didn’t join in.
“Having said that, a lot of the shots they had were long range and our keeper made good saves.
“On paper it was a good team we had but on an individual basis there were a few players who haven’t played.
“And I talked at the start of the season how with all the changes we needed to find a settled team to get into a rhythm.
“We didn’t have that tonight and the changes made our performance disjointed.
“Three changes at the back of what has been a solid back four affected the understanding but that improved as the game went on.
“In the majority of the second half we pretty much had all the play and camped in the Notts County half but didn’t do enough with the ball.
“Golbourne got in a number of times but just around that box we didn’t have the inventiveness, we didn’t go past people and we didn’t get enough shots in.
“We didn’t do enough to affect the game and create the chances we needed in a strong period when we had got going and got the crowd behind us - we didn’t show the cutting edge needed to win the game.”
After a 100 per cent record from the spot in the previous round’s shootout against Walsall, it was far different this time around with Wolves converting only one from four.
“I was disappointed with our penalties,” said Jackett.
“We put two over the bar and while nobody means to miss you do need to be working the goalkeeper and Bjorn and Kevin Foley are normally very assured strikers of the ball.
“From the last penalty the keeper made a very good save.
“From the last penalty shootout where we had four excellent ones we have missed three out of four there.
“But congratulations to Notts County – they put their penalties away after playing very well during the game.”
Jackett meanwhile played down suggestions that the lower crowd for the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie had any affect on his players, believing their application and endeavour certainly wasn’t a factor in the defeat.
“Going out there and playing on such a fantastic pitch in a great stadium is motivation enough,” he added.
“I saw enough motivation but not always enough understanding or enough quality.”