Wolves midfielder David Davis was today challenged to become a key player for the club and reassured he will be stronger for his below-par display against Swindon.
Davis endured an uncharacteristically laboured afternoon as the Robins outplayed Wolves on Saturday, although Kenny Jackett’s men somehow escaped with a 3-2 win.
The 22-year-old struggled against on-loan Tottenham midfielder Ryan Mason before Jackett replaced him with Zeli Ismail just before the hour.
“He gave away one or two passes where he feels he could have done better,” said the head coach. “He was disappointed with himself and we understand that. He sets himself high standards and is capable of more.
“Saturday wasn’t necessarily his day but it was the team’s day because we won.
“David needs to pick his head up, be pleased with his team-mates who fought their way over the line and set his standards to look to try to improve.
“There’s no doubt he can emerge stronger because in terms of his ball-winning he can be a key player for us.”
Wolves continually gave the ball away against their slicker opponents and Jackett admitted the passing wasn’t up to scratch.
“Going 2-0 up set us a different task and we didn’t do well defensively as a team after that, particularly in midfield,” he said.
“Perhaps the passing is one thing we need to improve upon – and can improve.”
“We need to be more incisive as there were a lot of holes for us to break into which we didn’t do enough.”
But he hailed Kevin Doyle, who scored his first goal of the season to put Wolves 2-0 up before half-time.
“It’s good for him to get a goal and his link-up play when we can get the ball into him is a key,” said the boss.
“Many of our good moves flowed through Doyle.
“It was a good combination by the front two for the second goal when Leigh Griffiths clipped it to the far post for Kevin to head in.
“I’m sure Leigh can learn from Kevin and you’re always looking for the senior pros to lead the younger ones.
“That’s always the set up for a good club.”