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11:37 22nd November 2013

Jackett eyes further progress

Kenny Jackett has underlined that results are the most important barometer of Wolves’ promising season – but insists he is forever striving to improve his table-topping team.

The side’s rise to the Sky Bet League One summit has come with a points return that averages almost two-and-a-half per game and the campaign is now more than a third of the way through.

But there have been setbacks along the way, especially in cup competitions, and criticism has been voiced in some quarters about certain performances.

A seven-point gap over third-placed Peterborough was nevertheless opened thanks to results last weekend, and there’s potential to build an even stronger platform with a good result from tomorrow’s Molineux clash with in-form Brentford.

“We would love to be more dominant if we could be but our ‘goals against’ record is the best in the division and I think only three teams have scored more,” said the Head Coach.

“Passing and fluency affect both of those statistics. If you pass and play, you keep the ball off the opposition and, if you do that, it helps keep your ‘goals against’ column healthy. But you have to pass the ball with the aim of scoring.

“We have a very good defensive record and have scored 30 goals – we would love to be to be top of that as well. In terms of statistics, they are very important and we are always looking to improve on them if we can.

“There are certain spells of games where we play very well but other periods when we don’t. The commitment and spirit have been excellent and, as a coach, you are always looking to improve.

“We would definitely want to try to play attractive attacking football. That’s definitely what we work on. We always try to build and play from the back. All our back four can handle the ball and bring it out, whatever combination we have.

“Some periods are more fluent than others. Everyone has opinions but we are always trying to build on what we have done.”

Even when his side were trying to chase down Leyton Orient and Peterborough, both of whom Wolves face before the turn of the year, the Head Coach was proud of results.

A total of 39 points from 16 matches makes this the best start, statistically, in the club’s history, although Brentford arrive at Molineux tomorrow as an obvious threat and with strong promotion hopes of their own after being pipped on the last day by Doncaster last spring and then beaten by Yeovil in the play-off final.


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