Kenny Jackett tonight highlighted another “big step” in Wolves’ promotion push after second half goals from Danny Batth and Dave Edwards sealed an impressive 2-0 win against play-off chasing Peterborough.
After a hard fought first half Batth powerfully headed home a Samuel Ricketts cross shortly after the interval before Edwards grabbed his sixth of the season following up after Bakary Sako’s free kick had been saved by Bobby Olejnik.
Sako also had a penalty saved but Jackett was pleased with the overall performance and result which takes Wolves to 90 points gained from 41 games.
“Today’s win is another big step,” said the Head Coach.
“Every win at this stage of the season is a big step, especially with the position that we are in.
“It’s another game gone and another three points.
“It was a good performance as well.
“After two tough away games, I felt we were back to our best today, at home as well in front of a very good crowd that backed as well.
“They really got behind us and drove us on to that win.
“We played well in the first half well without getting the breaks or maybe the strikes on goal that our possession warranted but that is easier said than done.
“We dominated the ball and passed it around and kept our patience which was important as Peterborough defended well.
“Peterborough have been on excellent form and are having a good season, winning the Football League Trophy as well.
“They are trying again to get out of this division and that is something Darren Ferguson has been very successful in doing.
“So from our point of view we are very pleased with the performance and the result.
“We got our goals in the second half, kept a great clean sheet and had the luxury of missing a penalty as well.
“It was a vital header from Danny and an excellent one and I do feel getting some goals from the back has been coming.
“The goalkeeper made a great save from Sako before Dave Edwards scored and Sam Ricketts went very close as well.”
Jackett was again impressed with the captain’s performance both in his quality from right back and leadership.
“Sam played very well again today and he manages the game for us on the pitch excellently,” he added.
“His talking and his information is good and he has the respect of the players.
“Fair play to the keeper he has pulled off a fantastic save from Sam who, quite often down that right hand side, was the spare man.
“Sam went to the opposite corner than his body language was suggesting but the goalkeeper did really well.”
Overall though it was very much another team performance which saw Wolves to their 27th league win of the season.
“I felt we all knew our jobs which was a good thing and we looked hard to score against and that was pleasing,” he added.
“The latter stages of games have sometimes been a bit hairy for us but that wasn’t the case.
“Bostwick’s long range strike was perhaps their best effort and we had many going the other way in the second half.
“Performances give you encouragement as a coach or a manager.
“Results do of course but if your side is playing well you feel you have got something to work with and it was a very good performance today and we deserved to win.”
Another clean sheet made it 23 league shutouts for the season, breaking the post-war record of 22 set in 1987/88 and equalling the overall best set in 1923/24.
Jackett added: “I am delighted for the whole team but also for Carl who has kept most of the clean sheets and has had a very good season.
“We didn’t need him too much today but he made that very good save from Bostwick in particular.
“The defence has been very solid and the whole team has been right the way through.
“We have all known our jobs defensively.
“Obviously most of the onus on defending does go onto the back four and goalkeeper but it is also a team effort to get those clean sheets.”