Kenny Jackett today declared himself pleased with Wolves’ early-season form heading into the international break – and admitted that there had been few surprises for him so far in Sky Bet League One.
Jackett is far more in tune than many with English football’s third tier, and has enjoyed plenty of success there previously, so was ready for there to be more quality than some people may think as well as the high motivation factor of teams wishing to topple Wolves.
After a ‘free’ weekend with the postponement of the Walsall fixture due to international call-ups, Jackett today kicks off the week’s training ahead of the visit of Swindon – still minus several internationals – happy with the team’s start.
“We can’t be disappointed with 13 points from 15 so that’s a big thing and that’s very good,” says the Head Coach.
“It gives the players and supporters some belief that they can do it and we can have a good season after some disappointing ones.
“But also if you’re looking at the games and the performances, it’s obvious and apparent that things aren’t going to be easy for us either.
“The motivation levels of the opposition, the amount of running they’re doing late on in games, the occasion of playing against Wolves are big things.
“Yes, we should be encouraged by the results and performances and we should also realise as well that we’re not going to have everything our own way and things aren’t going to be easy for us.
“Winning games of football at any level is no easy equation.”
Jackett continues: “I think I know the division very well; to some degree it’s surprised Wolves because the people around here haven’t been operating at this level as much as I have.
“It’s a division that has lots of players who, given the opportunity, could play higher – it’s just about getting the opportunity at the right phase of their career, and as is getting someone to take a chance on them.
“At the top end, clubs either look at the lower leagues or look abroad.
“That’s the difference, whereas it used to be a case of just looking in the lower leagues and that was it so there was a very steady influx.
“But I do think there are players capable and I think you can see that every week.”
Wolves remained in second place in League One despite the weekend’s inactivity, and will now have two home games in three days with the rearranged local derby with Walsall a week tomorrow following on from Swindon’s visit.