Kenny Jackett frustrated as Wolves’ unbeaten run fizzles out

Frustrated Kenny Jackett today accused Wolves of failing to adapt to the conditions and test posed by Crawley after losing their 10-match unbeaten run last night.

Wolves' Kenny Jackett
Wolves' Kenny Jackett

John Gregory’s side ended Wolves’ run of 10 games without defeat by stunning the League One leaders with a deserved 2-1 win as the visitors failed to get their passing game going on a bobbly pitch.

James Henry’s 25th-minute lead was cancelled out within a minute by Billy Clarke before Matt Tubbs’ lobbed winner six minutes later.

It was the first time Jackett’s side had conceded more than once since the 3-3 draw at Rotherham on December 21 and ended hopes of a equalling a club record five straight away wins.

“The game generally passed us by – particularly in the second half – and it was a big frustration because it was a game in hand,” said head coach Jackett.

“We have to earn everything we get in this division and we didn’t do enough, earn enough or create enough chances.

“They played the conditions much better than us and adapted to it and we didn’t learn from it.

“They repeatedly put the ball in behind and made our usual game very difficult. At times I thought our shoulders slumped; we got frustrated and that’s not the way to go either.”

Last night’s game was Wolves’ fourth of nine in 28 days but Jackett insisted his players aren’t running out of steam.

“I certainly hope they’re not – they certainly don’t lack any preparation,” he said.

“It’s important we bounce back and whatever the conditions throw at you, you must adapt.

“It was very difficult for our flair players to get past people and for them to cross and shoot.

“We tried different ways of trying to adapt tactically but it didn’t come off.”

Jackett admitted his decision to take off Michael Jacobs after just 36 minutes to bring on Leon Clarke and switch to a 4-4-2 formation was tactical.

“We changed it a couple of times but I felt we needed two up front to have some physical presence,” he said.

“We had a great chance straight after Leon came on when James Henry followed his flick and it came back off the keeper and he put it over the bar.

“But as the second half wore on, it was very difficult for us to create anything, or to get the ball wide or in behind.”

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Comments for: "Kenny Jackett frustrated as Wolves’ unbeaten run fizzles out"


Horrible performance that raises fresh oubts that we can blow up and are flawed mentally. We all know that we will probably blow it if we end up getting a only a Play Off place - it wll seem like a booby prize. Why do we not have some wing play with 4 wingers in the side. The wide spaces are not exploited and play gets squeezed into the middle of the pitch. Most players certainly did not seem up for it. A big test now at Sheffield Utd!

Selly park wolf

Bitterly disappointed but some of the articles I've read on some of the social media sites anyone would think we had just lost 10 on the bounce!

Get a grip some of you lot this is the time to get behind the lads for the final push.

Hopefully last night was a blip but wouldn't mind KJ going into the loan market just to freshen things up a little as we don't seem to have any quality in depth in the central midfield area.

Price and Big Mac have been outstanding but once we switch to 4-4-2 they look vulnerable. Evans or Edwards don't really do enough so maybe an experienced central midfielder to calm things down a bit wouldn't be a bad thing!

Saturday will be really tough at the blades but we should have enough to get through.

Come on guys lets get behind our team and stop any negativity.

Just look how far we have come since this time last season!



It seems like we have been found out a little bit over the last few games. I might be wrong but for me it seems we have been undone in midfield, Jack Price has been less effective and we seem to have gone from packing the midfield to pushing more for a 4-4-2 Maybe we need to concentrate on winning the midfield battle again as it seems we have had less possession in the last 2 and a half games.

West Park

Does anyone think a touch of complacency is setting in?

Ritchie Wolves

I did fancy Crawley for some reason, maybe because they were unlucky at ours when we won ugly, lets hope we can win ugly again then hit another purple patch?

Come on...............

3 points Satruday

Dead right Kenny. You have to earn it if you want to be Champions like you do if you want to be a Star. Adapt to all conditions is the order of the day and let's stay at the top. We don't want a team of head droppers like we';ve suffered the last two seasons.

On another note, a mate of mine a Brighton fan asked if they could keep Stephen Ward for next season as in his opinion Ward's been their most consistent player during this one. Big Debate can Forget this one but any comments lads?


Ritchie Wolves

New broom always sweeps clean 3points!!


I have noted that Brighton consistently select Ward for their games. Although I was a member of the "We need a LB Club", that was because, for me, he needed competition and although I respected his efforts, I was never quite convinced by him in that position. On another note, R Johnson does not seem to be making much impact at WHU.

Jackett the Hat

Couldn't lace Goldbourne 's boots.

Ye Olde South Bank

Good luck to Kenny and the boys...but make sure you make your own luck.

After a couple of so-so performances and poor results, this is where KJ's motivational qualities, team selection and tactics really come to the fore. It's where a Manager/Head Coach really starts to earn his corn. UTW.


The true test is to come back from this. After such a good run it's annoying more than worrying, but we cannot win EVERY game.


Very disappointing performance, there was no tempo to the play and we were not moving the ball quick enough as we had done previously. There was no give and go's no movement from the players.

Not sure if a touch of complacency has set in because they lacked effort last night, but we are still in a very strong position and we cant win every game! So onto the next game for 3 points, we need a 4-5 match winning run to secure promotion which I still believe will happen.


In all fairness we played a team who were desperate for a point and stuck 11 men behind the ball. Followed by a team who's pitch didn't really let us play like we normally would plus it's a team that pretty much played us off the field last time we played them too.

Each team is different any you're going to find ones where your formation and tactics aren't going to work. I think the problem here is we haven't really got the squad to try a plan B. All we seem to have in the bag is put Leon Clark on.


We knew there would be glitches on the way - so no negativity please.

Jack the Hat

Oh, oh, Kenny is accusing his players, sure sign of nerves kicking in.

Kenny “ We have to earn everything we get in this division and we didn’t do enough, earn enough or create enough chances ", mud slinging means panic is kicking in. Kenny, your excuse list is as long as a crossbar, I'm sure the fans will comprehend how difficult it was, but not for Crawley they managed well enough to gain three points.

Gorra loff ay ya.


wakefield wolf

Well Jack, bet you've been crabby having had to endure such a good long spell of the Wolves playing more positive football than your lot.. We've certainly missed your wierd humour, NOT.

Looking forward to next season Jack?,



mornin Jack

Credit where credit is due and criticism where criticism is due. The baggies did really well to nick their win and we were poor and deserved to lose.

However, don't forget that one poor performance doesn't make JK a bad manager same as one win doesn't make Pep a gud un !

Now that's worth a loff





jack the hat

concentrate on the albion and stop making comments on a team that you don't support

Least Wolves are winning matches. you have no right to make mud slinging remarks on a club you know nowt about.

Also why do Sandwell town fans comment on Wolves anyway worry about your own team worries and leave this message board for the wolves supporters you albion fans are so daft its untrue.

Get a life Jack the Hat


It could go all wrong if KJ starts mud slinging at his players, a poor game lost to a team that cost peanuts but it will happen again before the season is out, its gone now so forget it and lets take 3 points on Saturday . NO NEGATIVE WAVES.

Old Gold

Get back to 5 in midfield with Diko up front, if need be get a good midfielder on loan in case one of the present ones has an off day. Goals scored have been by all different players which is good and a 5 man midfield gives a good defensive cover. Edwards, Evans and Davies aren't good enough and we don't have quality cover. Clarke was an overwieght donkey when he was here last time and still seems a bit off the pace, maybe lack of match fitness. The team that won 9 on the trot seem to be gelling, stick with it. Can't be brill every week.


Looking at the match Blog, I was disappointed at some of the negative comments. Success brings hope, loss brings 'panic'. We have had a history breaking run (West Brom have struggled lately Jack) and it does disappoint when a run ends. Hey that's life...get on with it. We will be ok, even though I believe we are likely to lose Saturday. Plenty of games to win...a dip is a dip....three very good teams at the top....reduce it to two...we are still there. Do not lose confidence and keep the fantastic support, the team deserves it...they will prove that they deserve it.