Kenny Jackett was delighted with Bakary Sako’s response to still being at Molineux as the winger found the net both during normal time and in the penalty shootout as Wolves edged out Walsall.
Sako, the subject of bids from Nottingham Forest prior to the closure of the transfer window on Monday evening, had missed out at Port Vale on Saturday with Jackett saying he was not in the right frame of mind given the speculation.
At the same time Sako had assured the Head Coach he would be ready to give his all if still at Wolves after the deadline, and he proved that with a power-packed display which quickly won fans over and earned him the man of the match award from the sponsors on Tuesday night.
“Sako is 100 per cent committed to the cause and to the club and I am pleased to have him back in the fold,” said Jackett.
“He said he would be 100 per cent with myself, the club and the players, and he proved that tonight with a very good performance.
“It wasn’t difficult to pick him – he wanted to play and didn’t take any persuasion and we knew where he was it with it.
“It’s something he felt was right and it was something we’d spoken about last week.
“I spoke to him as you would with any player in that situation and it was a positive conversation and one in which he was very enthusiastic to play tonight.
“He put a lot of effort in and the dynamics of the squad are that you need matchwinners.
“You could see from today’s game that for long periods we had possession and looked the dominant side and in those periods we need the people at the top end of the pitch to make the difference and take you away.”
And Jackett has swiftly dismissed any notion that either Sako or Kevin Doyle could be loaned out once the emergency window opens again next week.
“We have said all along and the Chairman has said to me all along it would have to be a bid (for Sako) that we couldn’t turn down,” he added.
“We are not looking to move him out and we feel we are a work in progress but we’ve got quite a good formula here and want to add to it and not take it away.
“You can’t say a player is not for sale because no club can ever say that but it would take a considerable bid and situation for us to sell one of our best players and that is still going to be the case going forward.
“It’s the same with Doyle and there is no suggestion of letting him out on loan.
“If we need to add we will but we are certainly not looking to take away from the squad which is playing and contributing very well.”
At the other end of the experience levels Liam McAlinden made his first Wolves start by opening the scoring in Tuesday’s victory.
His display offered Jackett plenty of food for thought, and he felt Wolves could even have made more use of the runs of both McAlinden and Sigurdarson.
“It was a good goal and he probably had another volley which might have been easier than the one he finished,” said the Head Coach.
“He was under pressure from the defender for the goal but held him off and finished very well.
“There was a volley on the far post from McDonald’s chip which – to be fair – the keeper made a good save.
“And it looked like another good opportunity in the second half when, similar to the goal, Doherty pulled the ball back from the byline.
“He does get chances and I think that’s a good habit to have in terms of being a centre forward.
“He also makes good runs over the top and into the space and, particularly early in the game, I don’t think we used him as much as we could have done, looking for both him and Bjorn Sigurdarson.”