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Sako's Challenge

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11:43 31st January 2014

Winger can be key player

Kenny Jackett believes Bakary Sako can play a key role between now and the end of the season after challenging the winger to keep up the impact of the last two games.

Having lost his place in the side, Sako came off the bench to notch an impressive third goal in last weekend’s victory against Bristol City before a power-packed display in Tuesday’s win at Oldham.

Part of a triumvirate of exciting wingers available to Jackett – completed by Michael Jacobs and James Henry – Sako could prove a key figure as Wolves continue to push for promotion from Sky Bet League One.

“It’s a nice thing that he seems to have that hunger back,” said the Head Coach.

“He has nine goals now which is a good total but I want more now – I want him to keep hitting the target and working the goalkeeper and getting more of the type of goals like he did last week which was a key goal in our win against Bristol City.

“He was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet at Oldham.

“That’s where we want him – we want him getting forward, taking people on, shooting and scoring goals because he’s capable of that.

“And, as he always has been, he’s committed to Wolves and that was a committed performance he put in on Tuesday night.

“Sako did very well – along with Michael Jacobs and James Henry, who got on the scoresheet and has now scored five goals for us.

“So it will generally be two from those three on the pitch.

“Sometimes we may play all three but two from three is a good very good option for us and we’re pleased with that.”

Jackett has now challenged the winger to maintain his standards as Wolves look to do the same to try and put pressure on Brentford and Leyton Orient at the top of the table.

“We all know what he’s capable of and we give him backing here to do that.

“If he can continue that form that will be good for us.

“We need that now, we need to keep the pressure on the top two and keep chasing.

“And he is a good professional, I don’t find him any trouble at all.

“I haven’t had to speak to him in particular about sorting his form out but you always have different conversations about how to play tactically and how to fit in at the right time coming inside to try and get him in a position where he can keep getting shots in.

 “Sako is very well thought of around the place as a person and as a player and rightly so.

“You can see the reaction he gets off our supporters as well.

“They know what he is capable of and the encouragement they give him is fantastic.”

 

 

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