Kenny Jackett believes both he and the Wolves players will learn from not seeing the opposition off and avoid the pattern of allowing teams back into games.
The Wolves Head Coach is braced for a tough FA Cup test at Oldham Athletic tomorrow (3pm), but is keen to ensure his team avoid any repeat of Tuesday’s second half performance in the 2-2 draw with Carlisle.
And if Wolves get their noses in front, Jackett, critical of his team’s desire in that second half in midweek, wants a different approach to try and book a place in round two.
“It was an honest assessment by myself after the game on Tuesday and again with the players on Thursday morning,” said Jackett.
“I’ve told the players how I feel and that if we are not careful these situations are going to cost us.
“We have gone into the lead in most games and the link between scoring the first goal and winning football is very high – the stats through the leagues proves that.
“We have taken the lead on a number of occasions and when we haven’t – say at Bradford – we went one nil down early on and responded and got two goals.
“I do feel in the second half late in games we ride our luck at times generally anyway, even if you look at some of our good wins like Colchester when they missed a penalty late on and had quite a number of chances.
“We have been reliant on our goalkeeper on many occasions, and we needed him again against Stevenage when they came back at us when it was 1-0.
“We need to learn from that – I need to learn from that – and the players’ output in the second half of games and when we do get into good positions has to be more.
“That has to be tactically, physically and in terms of mental desire.
“It isn’t about just getting a response in this Oldham game, it is something we have to address overall.
“From my point of view this has been quite a pattern in a successful period and something that was highlighted at Carlisle.
“We have to make sure that the situation doesn’t consistently crop up and cost us points because it did cost us points on Tuesday.”
One of the normal meetings held with players saw plenty of information shared in the wake of the Carlisle result, to positive effect.
Jackett added: “We had a meeting about it and I will always listen to what they have to say as they are the ones out there playing.
“But after that, I am the Head Coach and I set the lead so I have to make the decisions.
“We talked about many things including preparation, travelling on the day or overnight, what time we arrive, lots of things are covered.
“We talk about it and I look for players’ reactions but mainly the reaction I look for is the next time they go out on the pitch and they need to be looking to bounce back from a poor second half performance at Carlisle.
“A lack of desire certainly hasn’t been the case this season and we don’t want that to start running through the club now.
“You never know how games are going to go and this is a cup tie and a different type of game against Oldham.
“We have to make sure there is no physical hangover now from the travelling and the games in quick succession.
“We are good enough then to come through what will be a stern test against a good Oldham side who beat Liverpool in this competition on this ground last season.
“We know what is coming at us and after that have to set to our task and be good enough ourselves to overcome it.”