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Kenny Jackett dwells only on positives

26 March 2014

Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Kenny Jackett chose to focus on the positives after his Sky Bet League 1 leaders almost threw away victory against battling Colchester United in a 4-2 win at Molineux.

Rampant Wolves raced into a 3-0 half-time lead with Michael Jacobs opening the scoring after just 50 seconds before Dave Edwards and James Henry looked to have put the result beyond doubt.

But Alex Gilbey then launched Colchester's fight-back in the 52nd minute with the U's first ever goal at Molineux on their sixth visit and the first goal of his career.

David Wright really set the alarm bells ringing with Colchester's second after 71 minutes before Freddie Sears was denied an equaliser six minutes from time when his effort his the post.

Nouha Dicko finally ended Colchester's hopes of a come-back in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

Jackett said: "Colchester changed their system in the second-half and that gave us problems when they went to diamond in midfield.

"We didn't handle that system change well enough and it made it closer than it should have been.

"But having said that I thought we played some fantastic football, we scored four goals at home and on the chances we could have had many more.

"And overall it is a very good night for us as results elsewhere have gone for us.

"We have to now look forward to two hard away games (MK Dons and Stevenage) and really see the opportunity.

"But you can't brush it under the carpet and not say that we should have done better.

"We didn't cope well enough with Colchester's system change, but also we have to look at the football we played as that was terrific.

"We have a lot of games in this period and they are pressure games, there is no doubt about that for the side at the top, which we are.

"Some of the football that we played was excellent and we were thinking we could have done better in a certain period of the game and it almost cost us.

"But ultimately we then broke and scored a cracking fourth goal.

"The game could have gone either way at the end and as I said we are not happy, but also there are a lot of positives and we should take those out of it and also learn from the mistakes we have made.

"I do think it was the right result in the end.

"It is a tough division and when the games come as thick and fast as they do it is hard to be 100 per cent for each and every game.

"There have been other instances this season when we have been looking to coast, which we shouldn't do because it is hard to turn it on and off like a tap."

Jacobs broke the deadlock when his curling left-wing cross somehow flew across the area before finding its way into the far corner of Sam Walker's net.

Jacobs was denied a second in the eighth minute by a smart save from Walker before Dominic Vose went close to grabbing an equaliser for Colchester only to see his long- range drive tipped over the bar by Carl Ikeme.

But Colchester's hopes of launching a fight-back were dashed in the 27th minute when Edwards latched on to a misplaced back pass by Ryan Dickson and powered around Walker before rolling the ball into an empty net.

Henry then underlined Wolves supremacy two minutes before half-time when he stabbed home from close range after Walker had tipped away a shot from Leon Clarke.

But Colchester were a different proposition after the break and Gilbey reduced the arrears when he headed home a cross from Vose.

Colchester really had Wolves rocking when Wright volleyed home a cross from Sears.

Sears then hit the foot of the post with a low drive before Dicko ended their comeback hopes.

Manager Joe Dunne was full of praise for his players and is confident that they will be able to pull clear of relegation danger.

He said: "Coming to Wolves you expect the goalkeeper to make saves and the back four to be tested.

"But what you can't do is give them an opportunity to score easy goals.

"Our defending for the goals was pretty poor and you just cannot give them a head start when you come to places like this.

"We just made life very difficult for ourselves. We had a game-plan that went out of the window after 50 seconds.

"So it doesn't matter what system you play. If you give them a goal after 50 seconds here it is difficult.

"But credit to us. We did change the system and did cause Wolves a few problems in the second half.

"Overall I can't complain too much. We have fought back and done okay, but we have lost against a good side.

"We are still in a position where we need some more wins and what we can't do is give teams an early start.

"But what we do know, and the experience that we have from last season, is that we can win games and we have enough in the changing room to win games."


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