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Running The Rule


13:28 23rd July 2013

Jackett set for Chesterfield

Kenny Jackett will continue to run the rule over possible combinations in the Wolves side as they travel to Chesterfield for their penultimate pre-season friendly tonight (7.45pm).

Tonight sees Wolves play their fifth friendly on their travels, with Saturday’s home fixture with Real Betis (3pm) the last before the big kick off, away at Preston, on August 3.

And Jackett will be looking to further hone his plans for the new season against a team managed by former Wolves midfielder Paul Cook.

“It’s a good new stadium with a good, new pitch so it’s a good place to have a pre-season friendly,” says Jackett.

“I’m expecting they will play 4-3-3 under Paul Cook and they will try to pass and try to play good football.

“For me as much as we’re playing Chesterfield, it’s about the development of our team and also trying to build on combinations.

“A new one on Saturday for me was Batth and Stearman, but all over the pitch we’re looking at different combinations and different permutations that work.

“Since I’ve come in I have only brought one player in (Sam Ricketts) – everyone else I’ve worked with has already been at the club.

“But perhaps I work in a slightly different way to other managers in that hopefully I can get a lot out of the players here.

“That’s my first task and ambition and then I really want to work on different combinations through the team.

“Tongo Doumbia and David Davis was another one on Saturday that certainly started well and then got over-run to a degree but then came back towards the end when Edwards moved slightly tactically and had a very good chance to have won it for us with a good near post run.

“I think he can contribute in getting to the other team’s box and create and score goals.”

Talking of the likes of Batth and Stearman, Jackett admits he is happy with the array of defenders at Wolves this season believing they will strike up a successful combination between them during the season.

He added:  “In terms of their defending and their distribution from the back, we’ll find a very good back four out of what is in the club.

“Unless we have any major injuries, we have good cover and competition in the back four and some good selection options.

“The players are comfortable in a back four and they know their jobs.

“Danny and Richard are both good individuals and have had good pre-seasons.

“And with Kevin Foley still to come back from injury, there’s a good back-four combination there for throughout the season.

“I’m just looking for the right one or the winning one but that may change due to injuries and suspension.

“If I’m right in my calculations there is the potential for 13 games through August and September.

“It’s an important period for the club and for this team and we have to make sure we can compete on all fronts and in all positions.

“To do that, we’ll need more than 11 players.”

Sticking with the defence, Jackett has been delighted at the leadership qualities shown by Ricketts.

“Sam’s been a very good addition and he’s ready to be a captain,” added the boss.

“He’s mature enough and has enough experience.

“He’s ready to take that responsibility and he’ll thrive on it - it will take him to the next stage of his development as a player and as a person.”

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