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Setting The Standards


19:41 10th August 2013

Jackett's reaction to impressive win

Head Coach Kenny Jackett tonight tempered his delight at an excellent first home performance of the season against Gillingham by calling on the players to continue to hit the same standards over the coming games.


Jackett was very pleased to have marked his first competitive fixture on home soil with an impressive 4-0 victory, but warned against getting carried away with tough tests just around the corner.

On an afternoon when a rousing pre-match tribute to Wolves legend Dave Wagstaffe preceded the kick off, the players seemed to build on the atmosphere among the Molineux faithful to outplay the visitors with goals from Leigh Griffiths (2), Lee Evans and Bakary Sako.

“It’s my first Wolves win and I’m very pleased,” said Jackett.

“Winning your first game of the season whichever club you are at is always important.

“It was a comprehensive performance from start to finish.

“We passed the ball very well and I thought that was the key to it and scored some good goals.

“We also defended with a little bit of grit when we needed it.

“We’ve conceded one goal now in three games and that was a free kick so I’m pleased defensively as well.

“We created a lot of chances, we played good football and used the surface well, and probably could have scored more goals.

“The main thing I have emphasised is that we need to work as a team, as a unit, bringing the crowd into play and provide entertainment and attacking football.

“And they also want to see some honesty and grit when it is needed, and organisation and shape.

“That is going to be as important as what we do going the other way.”

Jackett continued:  “Teamwork and a team ethic is the only thing that is going to get us anywhere this season.

“It’s the start and we are pleased but we need to build on it now.

“I don’t think we should get too carried away.

“It shows good promise and is something we can set as a standard and  build on.

“There is a long way to go and we shouldn’t get carried away and we’ve got another game at Bristol City on Saturday.

“But it shows the players that they are capable in terms of a pattern of play in terms of both attacking and defending.

“It’s a good base and we have to try and replicate that now.”

Jackett was full of praise for two-goal Griffiths, who now joins up with the Scotland squad ahead of Wednesday’s friendly international with England at Wembley.

“We feel that if we get our play right  with our passing and we can create then Leigh Griffiths will put the finishing touches to it,” he said.

“I am sure he is delighted to get off the mark in his Wolves career on the first home game.

“An early goal in a game such as this is key both for him and the team.

“He had a number of shots in the first two games without scoring and the standard of our passing maybe wasn’t quite enough to give him the ammunition.

“But getting the early goal certainly helped and he was very confident in taking the penalty.

“He’s not just a goalscorer, he has also got plenty of technical ability and can bring people into play.”

Jackett was asked about any progress in terms of new faces, particularly Sheffield United midfielder Kevin McDonald.

Wolves and Sheffield United have confirmed a fee has been agreed between the clubs, with McDonald having been at the club for a medical and talks over personal terms.

“That is ongoing,” said Jackett.

“We are in talks and working away but the deal for Kevin McDonald is some way off being complete.

“I know it has come out quite early in the press and I won’t deny it but we haven’t signed him and and it’s an ongoing process which we hope we can conclude.

“We are looking to bring players in and we are looking to strengthen and that is a big thing.

“And I certainly think we need to bring players in.

“With players going out we will see – you don’t just sell players, other people buy them.

“So we will see what happens on both fronts as we run up to September 2.”

Jackett meanwhile was delighted to see a crowd of over 19,000 mark Wolves’ first home game in Sky Bet League One, praising both their support during the game and backing to the tribute for the legendary former winger Wagstaffe before kick off.

“It was a fantastic tribute,” said the Head Coach.

“I met his family before the game and to get a tribute like that shows what a popular player he was and will last long in the memory of everyone that was here.

“With his friends and family and the ex-players I have seen here – people like John Richards, Mel Eves and Kenny Hibbitt – it was a very fitting tribute and shows what a great servant and a great player he was.

“The crowd today was excellent, I think they will get behind us when they see performances like today.

“They want to see a new, fresh Wolves side and they want to see quality in attack, and heart and commitment as well.

“That connection between the players and the crowd is a precious one at any club and you have to really work at it.

“I think it’s fair to say it had broken down and the fans wanted to see fresh players and an attacking team.

“As a group – myself, the coaching staff and the players - we are pleased we were able to give them something to cheer about today.”

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