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11:10 18th December 2013

Jackett calls for improvement from within

Kenny Jackett believes the return to a higher performance level at Wolves must initially come from within the squad – whilst acknowledging that he would also be keen to add more “freshness and enthusiasm” in the January transfer window.

Wolves have followed up one of their best perfomances of the season in despatching Tranmere with defeats at the hands of Peterborough and MK Dons, without troubling the scorers.

A lack of goals has been a particular concern for the Head Coach, who believes Wolves must improve from within to ensure they maintain their position in the top two of Sky Bet League One.

“The solution to being better lies within,” he said.

“We can do better internally. As time goes on whether we need to strengthen - we will if we can.

“That’s always the case – your team always needs to improve.

“You always need to step on and bring in freshness and enthusiasm and every squad needs that regeneration of a new player from time to time.

“That’s no different at any club whether we are coming up to the window or not.

“Let’s say on our last two performances going forward, internally we can be better than that and we are determined to make sure that we do.

Jackett continued: “You can’t blame it on youth – we can’t say our players are not old enough or experienced enough.

“You look for different reasons but we were poor on Saturday against MK Dons.

“We were poor going forward having started the game on the offensive but we couldn’t get shots away and couldn’t get the crosses right.

“You need to be able to start like we did but then go forward and score goals - it was exactly the same at Peterborough.

“We didn’t put either side under enough pressure and then you can undo yourselves.”

Jackett is hoping the “hurt” caused by the two defeats will spur Wolves on firstly at Rotherham on Saturday (3pm) and then during the hectic festive schedule when he believes there is the chance to make good inroads on the points tally.

“First off it hurts to lose those games, and it certainly hurts to play as poorly as we did on Saturday,” says Jackett.

“Then after that you have to make sure that you do your homework and you learn from it and you improve.

“I’m sure the players are hurting.

“It is never nice to lose, the most important thing for me is to learn and learn quickly and make the right improvements to the team.

“We need to make sure all of the squad are right and it’s down to the fringe players to impress.

“People target the Christmas and Easter periods because it is an unusual pattern in terms of when the games come.

“Some people might target an eight-point total but I want as many as possible. 

“I do want an attitude and application in every single game.”

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