WATCH: Kenny Jackett and Danny Batth satisfied with derby point

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Kenny Jackett was satisfied with a derby draw as his team withstood a second half onslaught to claim a point against Blues.

Gary Rowett's team wasted several chances after the break with Wolves on the ropes.

But Jackett believed it was the kind of game Wolves have ended up losing on many occasions this season.

"Your glass is half empty or half full," he said.

"I felt that we had the first half, Birmingham had the second. Jon Toral had the best opportunity in the game.

"My centre halves made vital interceptions and stayed strong.

"Carl Ikeme made a vital save off David Davis as well.

"It was a very tight derby game, the first goal was going to be crucial. It's ended up 0-0, we accept the point and move on.


"They had more experience and a little bit more know-how than us.

"We couldn't quite get out in the second half, we went a bit deep, the standard of our passing through the thirds didn't get us up the pitch enough like it did in the first half, when we had spells where we put them under pressure.

"They killed the game very well for an hour, and then opened up and gave us some problems. They had good game management and good experience."

It was a frustrating second half for Wolves who failed to create any meaningful opportunities for long spells.


And Jackett was pleased with the resoluteness shown by his young defence.

"We've given too many goals away at home," he added.

"Generally we couldn't quite get out and did go deep, but both centre backs stuck in there.

"If you can't go on and win the game you have to make sure we don't lose it.

"That's happened too many times this season. While we want to win, obviously 0-0 at home isn't exactly what we want, but we've lost a lot of those type of games this season when sides have frustrated us early on and turned the screw late on."

Jackett revealed that Adam Le Fondre was available to play but wasn't selected in the squad, while Nathan Byrne's withdrawal for Michal Zyro at half time was purely tactical.

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