Kenny Jackett today revealed Wolves used the torrential storm as a tactic to submerge Oldham last night.
Wolves returned to winning ways after two draws to beat the Latics 2-0 with second-half goals from James Henry and Leigh Griffiths to move within three points of League One leaders Leyton Orient with a game in hand.
And Henry even wiped out Lee Johnson after a sliding tackle took him off the pitch and into the Latics boss in a comical collision.
But both sides had to contend with rain hammering down after a first-half downpour quickly engulfed Molineux and left players slipping all over the place while there was standing water on the pitch in places. Head coach Jackett told his players to whip the ball in hard and low to see if something would break for them.
And that’s exactly what happened with Henry’s 50th-minute opening goal, which came after Bakary Sako’s ferocious cross was spilled by keeper Mark Oxley and hit the on-loan Millwall winger before trickling over the line.
“We threatened and were just looking for something to break for us,” said Jackett. “Particularly in those conditions, when you whizz the ball across at pace there are always things going to happen – maybe own goals or deflections – and it becomes a nightmare for defenders. We talked about that and at following up at both ends and when we were attacking to get the ball in hard and low.
“On that type of surface and in those conditions it becomes very difficult for defenders to handle. If you’re not in and around those areas as James Henry was, the ball doesn’t hit you to go in.”
It was a crucial goal that opened things up and we had other chances as well as we went on and deserved to win.”
Wolves started tentatively again, just as they had done in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Coventry and against Sheffield United at home before that.
“We started slowly and the first half was cagey for both teams and we didn’t threaten the back of Oldham enough,” admitted Jackett.
“Sometimes that’s easier said than done, particularly early on in a game.
“The heavens opened and it made the rest of the half tough. Danny Batth had a good header and Sako from a free-kick and they had a header over the bar from a corner. When the rain stopped we had a better second half, created chances and got the goals.”
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