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12:44 29th November 2013

Jackett pleased with firepower

Kenny Jackett is pleased with the firepower at his disposal after the closure of the emergency loan window.

Wolves were linked with Craig Davies ahead of yesterday’s deadline, and while Jackett acknowledged the former striker had been discussed at a previous stage, he is happy with the frontmen at Molineux to take the club into January.

“We’d discussed him (Davies) some time ago in terms of perhaps bringing him to the club but not before this particular window,” said Jackett.

“If anything was going to happen it would have happened some time ago really.

“We haven’t been close to signing him but have we scouted him and had reports on him?

“Yes, but that’s as far as it’s gone and it was some time ago - there were no discussions yesterday about bringing him in.

“We have the four strikers we’re picking at the moment then Liam (McAlinden) as the fifth who is on a 24-hour recall.

“And there’s a promising lad in the youth team in Ibraham Keita, who’s 18-years-old.”

The Head Coach was particularly impressed by Kevin Doyle’s performance in Tuesday’s win against Tranmere, the Irish frontman dropping deep and acting as a perfect link-man for Wolves’ attacks.

And he also re-iterated that Jake Cassidy will come good once he opens his goal account.

“I like Kevin Doyle in the withdrawn role where he is and he has the footballing ability to play it,” said Jackett.

“I did try him in one of the cup games right up the front but for me I prefer him slightly deeper and I think his link play is very good.

“To counter the fact that he’s coming deep, the wide men do get a lot of freedom and have got goals.

“Sako has six and Henry has three, Henry from a limited number of games and Jacobs has got into good positions without pulling the trigger at present.

“I just had a feeling that against his old club on Tuesday Cassidy would do something – I felt we were in a good enough position to take that chance.

“Unfortunately the goal didn’t come for Jake but it would have been nice if him or a combination of other forwards had have given us some depth and gained some confidence.

“It’s a thin dividing line, particularly with forwards because they do thrive on chances and how they do with them.

“The overall play is important, but there’s nothing that gives you confidence more than a goal.

“For Jake – and many have said it – this time last season he was the top scorer in League One so I’m sure the goals will come and he’ll be an asset going forwards.”

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