Kenny Jackett was pleased with another convincing Wolves performance as their fifth win a row saw off Notts County at Molineux this afternoon.
A goal in each half Michael Jacobs secured the 2-0 victory and, while the visitors had good chances in each half via Callum McGregor and Jack Grealish, Wolves also squandered several further opportunities to add to the scoreline.
“I thought we deserved the win,” said the Head Coach.
“We played very well in patches and then, at the end, defended when we needed to as Notts County threw everything at us.
“Had we conceded then it might have made everyone a bit jittery.
“We are looking to dictate play if we can and put teams away but fair play to Notts County they kept going all the way through the game.
“Perhaps we could have scored more goals and been more clinical and on another day it could have been four or five.
“We are pleased with the goals we scored which were well-worked and pleased with the chances we have created.
“At certain stages of the game we had big chances to go further in front which would have put us out of sight but the players are disappointed with that.
“But when we needed to defend in the last 15 to 20 minutes we did that well and earned that clean sheet in a period where Notts County had nothing to lose.
“They had a good chance in each half and both went wide, with the header in the second half the best one which might have got them back into the game.
“Opposition teams will create, you can’t stop everything, but we also had several chances where we worked their goalkeeper well.
“It would be nice to turn one of the games into a more emphatic win in terms of the scoreline that would be great and has to be our aim.
“But the consistency of the side is very good at present with five wins on the trot and 64 points from 30 games at any standard does show some quality and a good level of consistency with the players.”
Victory means Wolves remain two points behind leaders Brentford ahead of the top-of-the-table showdown at Griffin Park next weekend.
And with third and fourth placed Leyton Orient and Preston sharing a draw this afternoon, Wolves now find themselves three points clear of Orient in third.
But Jackett still believes it’s two from five when it comes to the race for automatic promotion, the positive being that Wolves’ fate is now very much in their own hands.
“Looking at 30 games we’ve got 64 points and that’s a very good total so far,” he said.
“It puts us in a good position where over the last 16 games it is in our hands.
“We will have to win a certain amount of games – we don’t know how many – but we are not playing catch-up and haven’t got a ten point gap and for other teams to slip up.
“It is in our hands and up to us to continue our form and keep doing well.
“I haven’t looked at the table after the game.
“I have been told Orient and Preston was a draw and I think those two are very good teams.
“Rotherham can also go on a good run and have an excellent momentum from last season.
“We have improved our football during the season but , with the amount of games still to be played and when there are nine points to play for in an eight day period things can very quickly turn around.
“It is very easy for a side at the top to maybe get two draws out of three games and then things swing around.
“It’s about concentrating on your own results and consistency but there is certainly not enough of a gap for us to be saying we have got away.
“We are just in a good position to capitalise and look at our own games and what we do rather than hope for other teams to slip up.”
There were two changes to a previously winning team for this afternoon’s game, one enforced and one tactical.
Leon Clarke was absent due to an injured heel, while Jackett brought back regular keeper Carl Ikeme for Aaron McCarey after his recovery from injury.
“Leon has some bone bruising on his heel from a contact injury and we are hoping he’s not going to be out for too long,” said Jackett.
“He does give us another option, more of a physical presence and in this division he is an experienced forward which we haven’t necessarily got.
“We hope for some good news with that one.
“Bone bruising can sometimes last a while and it is hard to put a time on it but we do hope he’s not going to be out for too long.”
And on Ikeme coming in for the equally in-form McCarey?
“It was a difficult decision,” said Jackett.
“I have been very pleased with Aaron but I do feel that Carl Ikeme is number one.
“He has been outstanding since I have been here and has fantastic potential.
“He has earned that number one spot and looking at him in training this week he was ready to come back.
“I am pleased with what Aaron has done – he hasn’t let us down and the team have done very well with him in the team.
“He has shown both in a loan spell at York and the run he has had in our side that he is a very capable goalkeeper and has a great future and it is a healthy position for us to be in.
“I am pleased to have Carl back and hopefully he can see the season through with the type of form and consistency that he has showed throughout the season.
“He is a big part of what we do and is a big character at the club.”