Kenny Jackett says the stakes have now been raised for Saturday’s trip to Shrewsbury (1pm) as he set about a “five to ten per cent” improvement in Wolves to aim for a sustained level of consistency.
Last night’s derby defeat at home to Walsall was Wolves’ first of the season, but came after several tight encounters which the Head Coach acknowledged could have gone either way.
And therein comes his challenge for Wolves to try and improve their performances to try and hit higher standards week-in week-out to keep up with the pace at the top of Sky Bet League One.
“We have to work hard to up our game by five or ten per cent to make sure we can find another winning streak,” said Jackett.
“Our challenge is to try and make that improvement and make it so we are consistently better than the opposition and it’s not a toss of a coin that means it could go either way.
“The games are there to be won and I’m disappointed to lose as the players are.
“It was a close fought game and when things are consistently close you can lose as well as win.
“We weren’t out of the game and weren’t outplayed but we just didn’t quite function as we had in the final third of the field.
“The Shrewsbury game on Saturday now becomes a very big game when we need to bounce back.
“After last night’s loss we want to bounce back and it becomes of even greater significance.”
Walsall clearly relished the derby occasion and picking up all three points at Molineux, and produced a performance of no surprise to Jackett.
He expects more of the same from Shrewsbury on Saturday, and says it is up to Wolves to counter that determination.
“We know teams will relish the chance of playing us and we have to rise to that challenge,” he said.
“We don’t need to find much to be consistent winners in this division.
“As long as we get the right blend going forward we will improve.”
Jackett also explained the decision to leave Leigh Griffiths on the bench until shortly after half time, indicating it followed the normal pattern of picking two from his three most senior strikers and bringing the other on as a substitute.
“I felt we needed three players in midfield,” he explained.
“The game against Walsall two weeks ago and against Swindon we got outnumbered in midfield and couldn’t get the lion’s share of midfield.
“It helped block that area up slightly last night and I went for Doyle up front as opposed to Griffiths.
“Generally whichever formation we play I have picked two out of Doyle, Sigurdarson and Griffiths and brought the other one off the bench.
“That has been the case over the course of the season and was the case last night.”