Kenny Jackett believes Wolves are ready to bounce back from their first defeat of the season as they travel to Shrewsbury tomorrow (1pm).
Tuesday’s 1-0 reverse at home to Walsall brought an end to five successive Sky Bet League One defeats, leaving Wolves third in the table with 16 points from the opening seven fixtures.
That remains a healthy return, but the Head Coach is focused on a very quick return to winning ways in another tough local derby at the Greenhous Meadow.
“It may have been our first league defeat of the season but we don’t like losing – we don’t want to lose games – it does hurt and that needs to be said.
“After that it is about how you bounce back, and we have an opportunity within a few days which is a good thing to have a game so close.
“It’s another local derby for us with a high motivation level of the opposition.
“We have to accept that, relish the challenge and try to bounce back because good teams don’t lose two on the trot.
“I have seen a very good attitude in training and a good determination and emphasis to bounce back.
“We have selection options – and will be looking at fitness and energy levels given this will be three games in eight days
“But the group of players here are capable of winning the game tomorrow.”
Jackett says there has been plenty of work done on the training ground since the Walsall game, to try and ensure Wolves make the most of their spells of possession.
He added: “We have carried on working internally looking at the balance of our play.
“I felt our forwards didn’t really fire on Tuesday.
“I thought we had plenty of combinations by the end – 95 minutes – where people had all played and contributed.
“The service from midfield is something we’re looking at and also then the balance in midfield - if you have a lot of the ball you’re looking at what you can create.
“They’re areas that I’ve looked at and thought about but I’ve put them all in context rather than just saying it’s the midfield area because we had enough of the ball for our forwards to create and score.
“We didn’t do enough with the ball and we’ve been quite free-scoring this season and we’ve created a number of chances.
“The midfield, the balance in there and the ball being transferred through there to the forwards is something we’re looking at.
“Also on our pitch and from speaking to some of our senior players, they said Wolves have always struggled against teams playing 4-3-3.
“Generally Wolves have been 4-4-2 so making sure we get a foothold in the game and getting a lot of possession in midfield is something you do need to adapt to and you want to do it without losing the punch up front to score the goals.”
With no fresh injury worries Jackett is expecting to select from the same squad available against Walsall.
And that will include the pleasing selection dilemma from a Head Coach’s point of view of who to select up front, top scorer Leigh Griffiths having missed out on Tuesday.
Griffiths was a frustrated figure when substituted against Swindon last weekend, but Jackett has no problems with that particularly as he was up celebrating with the rest of the bench when Kevin Foley tucked home the third goal.
“I think Leigh is learning all the time but what he has in him is a good thing because he wants to play and he’s competitive and he does settle down,” added Jackett.
“If you look at that Swindon game, he came off, kicked the water bottle and the guy who came on for him – Bjorn – played a one-two, and crossed to the other sub, Foley and they got the third goal.
“He was jumping off the bench with the rest of the side, players and staff.
“It made it 3-1 and he was very pleased.
“I’ve been pleased with him this season and he’s looked like scoring goals.
“If you look at the Swindon game, he looked a bit tired but his shooting boots weren’t quite on as they had been in other games.
“But he was still a threat in the game and when you have players like that, even if it’s not going for them, it bodes well for the future because generally when it does click, they will score.
“I’ve spoken to him quite a lot. He didn’t play for his country on the Tuesday, he was a non-playing substitute and came back with a slight groin strain which cost him a day’s training or two.
“He’s 100 per cent fit now and one of a number of strikers looking to get the goals if we can to help us maintain the pace at what is a very good and competitive league which looks like is going to be won by a very high points total.”