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Jackett's Frustration

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18:08 1st January 2014

Head Coach reflects on Tranmere draw

Kenny Jackett revealed that the over-riding Wolves feeling was one of frustration after failing to take advantage of their dominance against Tranmere this afternoon.

Reduced to ten men after Richard Stearman’s sending off for a professional foul, Wolves went behind on 33 minutes when Ryan Lowe tucked home a pass from Ash Taylor.

With parity in numbers restored before the break after James Wallace’s dangerous challenge on Ethan Ebanks-Landell, Wolves dominated the second half but were unable to build on Dave Edwards’ excellent 54th minute finish.

Wolves’ Head Coach always felt they had a good chance to win the game, even following the sending-off, when he opted to keep his attacking players on the pitch rather than make changes to accommodate the loss of a defender.

“I felt we had more than enough of the ball to win the game,” said Jackett.

“Even at ten versus eleven I still felt confident that we could go on and get something out of the game.

“The possession stats will be very high in our favour which is a positive and maybe right up there at 70 per cent.

“As an away side that makes us a very dominant side and some of our football was as good as we have played with our interlink and our play

“There is some frustration at not being able to kill off Tranmere because at times it was like forwards against defence on the training ground.

“Unfortunately we couldn’t break them down to make that difference.

“When we did get the breakthrough it was a very good goal from Dave Edwards.

“Even after the sending off, I still felt we were capable of getting back into the game.

“At no stage did I feel Tranmere were getting on top of us.

“So there is frustration we haven’t won the game because we had the lion’s share of possession.

“We dominated the game and there is frustration at not winning because there was some very good football from our side.

“The players did show terrific spirit to keep going and dominate the game.

“There are one or things we need to tweak and get right but the spirit among the players is very good and should not be underestimated.

“I am pleased with the football and the spirit and just need to be more ruthless in front of goal and find the equation going forward.

“And now we have to look forward to the Gillingham game on Friday.

“It is an opportunity for all of us to show we are a good team who play good football and can hopefully get what we didn’t today which is three points.”

Jackett believed both sending-offs were the correct decisions, but had backing for Stearman who has enjoyed an impressive first half to the campaign but must now sit out Friday night’s game with a one-match suspension.

“I’ve got no complaints with the sending-off and I thought both were the right decisions,” he said.

“I think the turn Richard made in an area just before the sending off was also the wrong decision.

“I have got to say though that he has been excellent so far this season.

“He has had an outstanding year and has been very good.

“We are going to miss him now he is out but I can’t have any complaints over the decision.”

Jackett must now assess his options for Friday with the likelihood of also being without Ebanks-Landell, who failed to reappear for the second half as a legacy of the Wallace challenge.

“I don’t think Ethan is in a good state – his knee ligaments are stretched and swollen,” he said.

“If he makes Friday night I will be surprised.”

James Henry was absent today with a groin injury, and will undergo a fitness test ahead of the game at Priestfield.

Jackett meanwhile said there is nothing imminent in terms of any potential arrivals with the January window now re-opened, particularly ahead of the trip to Gillingham.

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