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Seeing It Out


18:42 19th October 2013

Jackett reflects on Coventry draw

Kenny Jackett tonight said Wolves were looking for that “extra five or ten per cent” necessary to see out games after Coventry hit back late on to secure a point at Molineux.

After a tight and hard-fought first half in front of Molineux’s biggest crowd of the season,  Wolves were rewarded for a dominant spell after the break when Leigh Griffiths tucked home his eighth goal of the season on 67 minutes.

But the Sky Blues rallied, and notched an equaliser with just five minutes remaining when substitute Aaron Phillips connected with a fine half volley.

That left the Wolves Head Coach still looking for further improvement from his players, notably turning their periods of dominance into something more concrete in terms of goals.

“I’m disappointed because in a tight derby game with a good atmosphere we got the first goal,” said Jackett.

“Both sides have had good starts to the season and are in a positive frame of mind and it was a good quality game.

“It was 50-50 up to half time but we started the second half very well.

“And you could see our goal coming in that second half because we’d got ourselves on top and built up a good head of steam.

“At half time we’d said that we needed to be stronger and better on the ball – we needed to switch the play more which we did.

“Our widemen have got considerable ability running with the ball and we needed to get them into the game.

“And Kevin Doyle got into it and linked it and that period built up to our goal with Leigh getting the breakthrough.

“From there, when we’ve got our noses in front, we should be closing the game out.

“It was a sloppy goal against which got Coventry back into it.”

Jackett acknowledged that on balance of play the visitors could argue a strong case for grabbing a deserved draw, but re-iterated the need for Wolves to see it out when getting in front.

“It might be a deserved result for them because it was a hard fought game and I imagine on shots it may be close,” he added.

“But when you get the first goal in a tight game you want to go on and win it and if we want to be consistently successful that is what we are looking at.

“I did think that in the second half we had the majority if it and were on top but after our goal they have come back and equalised with their right back losing our left winger slightly and producing a good finish.

“We didn’t need to give them that many opportunities and our goalkeeper hasn’t had much to do today so we are frustrated after going 1-0 up.

“It is disappointing because we really need to see that out.

“We had a lot of balls around the edge of their box and got down the sides without having the invention to create the chances.

“There were a lot of last gasp tackles and very good tackles from Coventry.

“We weren’t too far off the mark today – we had a lot of good things – but an improvement of maybe five to ten per cent would make a significant difference for us.”

Jackett, who revealed Jack Price was withdrawn in the first half as he was suffering from double vision, was quick to avoid pinning any blame on Bakary Sako for Coventry’s equaliser.

“He tried to read the flick from the centre forward at the end and it’s gone to his man,” said Jackett.

“That is the way it goes sometimes when you try to read it and come off your man and Phillips finished it very well.

“But we can’t complain about the goal because our goals against column is good and we had enough going forward in the second half to put away a very resolute and confident Coventry side.”

And the Head Coach admitted it is a rare occurrence to come off and feel Wolves should have done more going forward.

“We have been quite clinical and I could see us in that second half building up towards goals and towards a win,” he added.

“But we really should have sealed it and seen the game out.”



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