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Making Progress

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00:26 14th July 2013

Jackett's view on Livingston win

Head Coach Kenny Jackett was pleased to return from Scotland with two wins from two – but is confident of further improvement in his Wolves team after describing their development as a “work in progress”.

Wolves followed up Wednesday’s 3-2 win at East Fife with a 2-1 win at Livingston which could have been by a greater margin after creating a host of chances, suggesting more promise to come from a squad including several younger players enjoying their first sustained run at senior level.

And while results in friendlies are not perhaps the be-all and end-all, Jackett believes victories will not do any harm particularly on the back of two disappointing seasons when the winning feeling has been scarce.

“Livingston were good and they started the game well and much better than us,” he said.

“Then halfway through the first half we came on strong.

“It was a good pitch and a good stadium and a fair few Wolves fans came up as well and with the Livingston fans it was a good atmosphere for a pre-season friendly.

“I am happy with the two results from Scotland.

“Winning is a habit we want to build up and perhaps to some degree the club has got out of that habit.

“In terms of the team we are a work in progress, there is no doubt about that.

“Once the players understood what I wanted today we saw some good things and we created a lot of chances and had a lot of shots.

“The period at the start of the game was our worst despite an excellent effort from Jack Price in the first minute.

“By the end we had created and scored goals so we are on the right lines.

“But we have to keep working hard and to be fair the Livingston keepers had outstanding days.”

Jackett continued:  “The number of chances created gives us something to build on.

“Livingston changed their team in the second half and it all gets a bit disjointed but it was nice for me to see my team go through 60 to 70 minutes and then bring on a fresh group who were eager to break in.

“I’m looking forward now to Wrexham and Barnsley and we will again see how our young players respond.

“In the next two games things will clarify in my mind and it will become evident how we are working and what we want to do.

“From my point of view it’s about finding the right formation and the right balance of the team around the strongest players.

“And as we go through the games I need to find that very quickly.”

Having scored with his first touch as a substitute at East Fife on Wednesday, Scotland international striker Leigh Griffiths was regularly involved as he returned to face the club where he started his career.

Griffiths got himself into plenty of good positions and chances without adding to his account but, having been only been back with Wolves for five days after his summer international commitments, will back himself to start converting them as his full sharpness returns.

"Leigh has been with us a week and he has been very impressive," said Jackett.

"He had a lot of chances today and looks a good player. He’s an addition for us.

"I’m looking forward now to getting him back at Wolves and working with him.

“You never worry about missing chances if you are a centre-forward and you should only worry if you go three or four games and don’t get them.

"As a forward, missing chances can’t creep into your mind. I worked with Kevin Phillips a few years ago and as a youngster he has that quite naturally.

"He always felt he would score the next one. And that’s a good thing to have.”

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