Hurting After Defeat

Gaffer says Wolves deserved nothing after Brentford loss

Kenny Jackett said Wolves got what they deserved with a convincing defeat at Brentford tonight and that he was “hurting” with the manner of his team’s performance.

The 3-0 defeat at Griffin Park made it three successive defeats for Wolves and now seven without a win since the victory over Fulham on January 12th.

And the Head Coach made no excuses for the manner of Wolves’ performance, adding that it was his responsibility.

“Brentford were the better side,” said Jackett.

“We started o-k and had a couple of efforts and looked quite potent in terms of getting in behind and getting shots in.

“As the game went on though we didn’t get hold of them and they had more chances and deserved to go in front.

“Their second goal was typical ‘us’.

“We were in a good positon down the right wing and then there’s a break and two passes later a volley into our corner and we are 2-0 down.

“In either shape – 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 – we didn’t do enough or get close to Brentford.

“All of our approach play just resulted in good breaks for Brentford and more chances and they deserved the win.”

Unlike the defeat at Huddersfield on Saturday, Jackett pulled on punches in accepting Wolves didn’t deserve anything from their night’s work.

“I felt on Saturday we were very competitive and unlucky not to get something out of the game,” he added.

“There were fine margins against Huddersfield but there wasn’t against Brentford.

“The gap was there and Brentford deserved the win.

“Tonight we didn’t deserve anything, we didn’t do well enough or do the basics well enough, particularly for the away side, and that is disappointing.

“And that is my responsibility.

“It hurts me more than anybody because I am the guy responsible.

“Now we have to focus on Saturday.

“I have just said in the dressing room it will be the same group of players.

“We have to make sure we are hard to beat first, and then we want to go forward because we don’t want to go through games without having efforts at goal.

“We need to find a way and a combination of players that can be effective in this division and we didn’t have that tonight.

“We have to be competitive and that needs to start quickly.

“It hurts, it's hard to take, we have to turn it round very quickly, and the players will need all their character.

“I am very confident in my own ability and am always working towards the next game.”

There was understandable anger and frustration from the travelling supporters at full time, and Jackett felt it was important to thank them for their backing even amid their obvious disappointment.

“It was a frustrating night for me, the players, and, most importantly, the supporters,” he explained.

“Walking past I wanted to give them some recognition and some thanks for supporting us tonight.

“I understand there is criticism and there is criticism of myself and that goes with the territory.

“I still wanted to thank them and say that, disappointing result or not, I wanted to show that I appreciated their support.”