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Ikeme makes all the difference for Jackett
WOLVES manager Kenny Jackett accepted that goalkeeper Carl Ikeme was the difference between his side and visiting Swindon Town on Saturday.
Ikeme made three excellent saves during an impressive performance between the sticks at Molineux, and received the sponsors’ man of the match award, as Wolves were outplayed by the Robins but still ended up winning 3-2.
After the game, Jackett heaped praise on his keeper, saying: “I felt Carl was our man of the match today which shows you the nature of the game. He was excellent as he has been all season so far.
“There was one from a header in the second half which I thought was in – he played very well. Having a goalkeeper like Carl Ikeme isn’t luck. It is good for the club and he was outstanding today.”
Jackett was disappointed by his team’s display, as Swindon were afforded the time and space they required to dictate territory and possession.
“It was a very good game, an attacking and open game with a lot of chances at both ends,” he said. “It was exciting and entertaining and could have gone either way right the way to the end.
“Going 2-0 up set us a different task and we didn’t do well defensively as a team after that I think, particularly in midfield where I didn’t think we did well enough.
“I wouldn’t put that down to the back four but the team as we didn’t defend well enough when we’d got that lead.
“We gave up possession and territory too easily and in that there is much work to do and we have to be harder to break down than we were today.
“And we didn’t do well enough on the counter attack although the one time we did score through Kevin Foley was the result of an excellent combination between Doyle and Sigurdarson and Foley. Kevin finished it very well and that proved to be the crucial goal.
“But we didn’t do well enough with our passing because there were a lot of holes against a Swindon side who were very open and coming at us with players from all angles.
“They played very well as we knew they would as they are in a good place at the moment and they enjoyed coming to Molineux.”
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