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Now For A Real Test

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11:09 19th December 2013

Jackett hoping lessons learned

Kenny Jackett believes the proof of whether Wolves can hit back from suffering successive defeats will only become clear with Saturday’s performance at Rotherham (3pm).

The Head Coach admits it is now a “real test” after defeats against Peterborough and MK Dons, but equally, with Wolves still second in the table, acknowledges that “we haven’t done everything wrong this season.”

Work continues on the training ground to identify the problem areas and indeed find a way to add more to the ‘goals for’ column, which Jackett hopes will come to fruition during Wolves’ first ever visit to the New York Stadium.

“It’s a real test for us now,” he says.

“We have to see it as a lesson after losing two games on the trot for the first time this season.

“We go up to Rotherham now for our next game and we have to be ready.

“We also have to realise where we’ve gone wrong.

“You must identify where you can improve and if you get those things right then you can the next game or batch of games.

“You need a really clear identification of what you need to do and hopefully you’re in a position to do that.

“The proof is in the pudding the next time we play.

“We don’t know until then, but correct identification is important - if you’ve got the tools, you get it right to go into the next game.”

Having been in the Premier League just over 18 months ago, Wolves always knew that arrival in Sky Bet League One would make them one of the bigger teams up there to be shot at.

But Jackett believes they have generally coped well with those levels of pressure and expectation.

“We’re second in the league so we haven’t done everything wrong this season,” he explains.

“In the last two performances, in particular going forward, we haven’t been as good as we think we can produce.

“The goals for column in the last eight games hasn’t really been enough.

“Have we worked their keeper enough? Have we converted some pretty good possession into chances, into shots and goals? No.

“Have we been outplayed? Have we absolutely played around with the opposition having constant momentum? That hasn’t been the case either.

“We’ve been in every game but we’ve got to set our standards high and if we want to go up automatically they have to be very high – we know that.”

Rotherham have been in fine form and will be pushing for promotion themselves this season, but Jackett isn’t adding any additional pressure to what is already a tough fixture.

“Your next game is always your most important one,” he added.

“I don’t think there’s ever one game more important than the next.

“It’s just as important you put away a bottom team as maybe one of your competitors, probably until the last 10 games of the season.

“Once you can get into that last batch of games – when maybe there is 24, 27, 30 points left to play for – then what you’re doing against each other does matter.

“Up until then it’s just important you do well yourselves and don’t concentrate outside too much.”

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