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Kenny Jackett is still searching for the midfield solution for Wolves

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Kenny Jackett looks set to continue mixing it up in midfield as he searches for a winning combination for Wolves.

Last year's double player of the season Kevin McDonald was left out of last Saturday's 4-0 defeat at Brentford as the head coach opted to hand recalls to George Saville and lee Evans.

Jackett stressed he has no issues with McDonald and insists the change was purely tactical, in a bid to give his team some extra bite in the middle of the park.

But with Wolves having returned from Griffin Park with a 4-0 defeat, the search for a midfield solution is likely to continue in this Saturday's home meeting with Bournemouth.

"I just went for a different combination and went for Evans and Saville, with Dave Edwards just slightly off Danny Graham really," said Jackett.

"That was because it has not been a very successful area in midfield. It has not been as dominant as late.

"Certainly defensively in midfield I feel we have struggled and I don't think we have had enough bite, staying with runners, or getting to second balls.

"I have looked at different combinations of players to lock down a partnership and then let one midfield player run from deep to try and get goals."

McDonald was instrumental in Wolves' league One title-winning triumph last season following his £750,000 move from Sheffield United, his achievement being recognised when he was awarded both the supporters' and players' player of the year awards.

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But he has found life in the Championship far tougher as teams have sought to mark him out of the game.

While McDonald, who also received his first Scotland call-up in the summer, remains a key part of Jackett's plans the head coach felt the time was right to give him a break.

"He has been a player who everything has gone through and teams have certainly stepped on him, and tried to stop him, and stop that flow from going through him so far this year," said the head coach.

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