Kenny Jackett today challenged his team to maintain their promising away form thus far as they face a first ever trip to the Weston Homes Community Stadium and tomorrow’s game at Colchester (3pm).
Since drawing on the opening day of the season at Preston, Wolves have won at Bristol City, Port Vale and Shrewsbury in Sky Bet League One, but know they will once again face a tough test at the U’s.
And while knowing that Wolves will need to improve in performance levels if they are to maintain their consistency, the Head Coach has been pleased with both the defensive solidity and the team’s goal threat in the nine games so far.
“Colchester are a good footballing side,” said Jackett.
“The likes of Alex Gilbey and Freddie Sears are a dangerous threat and can cause people problems.
“We won’t ever underestimate them.
“Our away record is good and our position in the league is good and we want to maintain that and we want to keep improving.
“We want to keep working as a side and find that winning balance.
“Our goals against column has greatly improved and been a significant factor in many games towards us picking up points.
“We have a few players that look like they could have good goalscoring seasons with Griffiths and Sigurdarson.
“I also believe that the likes of Doyle, Cassidy, McAlinden and perhaps James Henry will get goals, and Sako will get goals.
“We are looking at making sure we have got the right combinations of the pitch going forward but also as a side we can get the right service to these players to put the chances away.
“We’ve only conceded six goals in nine games which always gives you a chance to pick up points.
“So with those facts in place, they always give you a chance of points.
“Would we like to be more fluent and maybe dominate from start to finish and win every game 5-0? Yes we would.
“We’re always working towards improvement but we have those two basics at present and they’re the two things that have put us where we are in the table.”
Henry is poised for potential involvement for a Wolves debut tomorrow with Jackett confident the Millwall loanee could make an impact.
“I think he could start,” said Jackett.
“I’m very pleased to have him here.
“In terms of creating goals with assists and crosses that is a strong part of his game that he can bring to Wolves.
“He does increase our options going forward.
“He hasn’t played for a few weeks in terms of match practice but I think generally that is often the case when you sign a player on loan.”
Bjorn Sigurdarson should be available after suffering a slight back problem in training while Jackett will be assessing the fitness of Bakary Sako, who missed training yesterday through illness.
Wolves issued a statement today confirming that negotiations over a possible loan move to Nottingham Forest had been halted with Sako now to remain at Molineux.
“I’ve got a bit of time to assess that,” said Jackett.
“One of the things I’ve got to assess is whether it is right for the team if he plays or not. Is he physically right to play? That’s a big question as the illness could be a factor.
“The speculation could be a factor as well but I will make that decision over the next couple of days.”