Kenny Jackett has praised Bakary Sako’s response to being left out of the team after the winger came off the bench to clinch victory against Bristol City.
Sako had been left out of the starting line-up for the last two games, but produced a lively cameo against City which culminated in an impressive third goal in the 3-1 win.
Was the winger trying to prove a point? Jackett certainly hopes so!
“I’ve seen no let-up in Bakary’s attitude at all,” says the Head Coach.
“He’s shown a good attitude, responded very well and, when he got his chance, he scored a good goal.
“He also gave Adam El-Abd some problems and drove him back because El-Abd was a big personality on the pitch.
“At 2-1 the game was evenly poised and I felt he did make the difference.
“It was exactly the right type of response – making a point to me, making a point to himself, to his own team-mates and to the supporters.
“I certainly hope it was all of those things and it’s the type of reaction you want when you get onto that pitch.
“You fight for the shirt and then, after that, if you get it you fight even harder to keep it.
“Bakary has never expressed to myself or to Kevin (Thelwell) or Jez (Moxey)that he dislikes it here and his demeanour and his manner and body language is anything but.
“I think he likes being here and is a good team-mate to the other lads – he has also shown a good attitude in helping Nouha (Dicko) to settle in.
“You have to continually re-prove yourself, whoever you are, and whatever you’ve done in the past, and the same goes for me.”
Elsewhere meanwhile, Leigh Griffiths will remain in the Wolves squad unless there is any fee agreed with Celtic for his services.
Both Jackett and Celtic boss Neil Lennon have confirmed there is dialogue between the two clubs after an initial bid for the Scottish international striker was rejected.
“As it stands Leigh is in my plans – mentally he’s fine and dialogue has been open which is a good thing,” added Jackett.
“He’s expressed his interest in Celtic publicly and for a Scottish lad the pull of a club that size is a big one.
“But he knows the deal has to be right for us and, as with any player,if they agree they then need to talk to see where they fit in.
“That’s where we are at present but he certainly hasn’t closed the door on Wolves at all and he will be at Boundary Park.”
Jackett also confirmed Wolves are continuing to scour the market to try and add to the ranks before Friday’s 11pm transfer deadline, irrespective of what happens with Griffiths.
“The squad has evolved in a good way, it has generally improved and we are looking to improve it again,” he added.
“I don’t think there will be anyone in or out for the Oldham game but by Saturday much depends on other clubs and their stance in terms of whether that will change.”
*Kick off at Boundary Park tonight is 7.45pm and tickets will be available to Wolves fans on the gate at the same price as was sold in advance.