Kenny Jackett tonight acknowledged Wolves dropped below their previous high standards in drawing 2-2 at Peterborough United, and called for an improvement in all departments before the big kick-off against Norwich.
After three convincing pre-season wins to date, the Sky Bet League One side provided Wolves with their toughest outing to date, and it needed two equalisers – from Leon Clarke and Dave Edwards – to avoid defeat at London Road.
And that left the Head Coach demanding more in the final friendlies against Crewe, Oxford and Real Betis, before the Canaries visit Molineux a fortnight on Sunday.
“I thought we were very average and could do a lot better and play a lot better, particularly in that first hour,” said Jackett.
“We livened up towards the end but I didn’t think we showed anywhere near enough desire and hunger – we have set higher standards than that and can play a lot better.
“That is my accurate assessment of what I have seen tonight, I wouldn’t say it was poor but it was a very average performance.
“I appreciate it’s a pre-season friendly and we haven’t had a game for a week.
“But even so, we are setting the bar higher than that performance.
“We are capable of it and are looking for better at Crewe.
“We can look at the balance of the squad but there were two very poor goals against defensively which I was disappointed with.
“We have got to be better than that in one-v-one situations and got beaten too easily.
“Going forward for a pretty dominant bout of possession through the second half we didn’t have anywhere near enough chances.
“I think Dave Edwards had two chances, he scored one and the keeper pulled off a very good save from the other.
“But we didn’t create enough opportunities, and as we go along pre-season now we have to gradually step up.
“By the time Norwich comes around we want to be playing better in all departments.”
As well as the 2-2 draw at Peterborough, a strong Wolves XI drew 1-1 against Telford at the New Bucks Head, with Kevin Doyle on target.