Kenny Jackett admits Wolves were second best at Norwich City
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Kenny Jackett has set Wolves a steep points target to launch a late Championship play-off bid after a major setback at Norwich City.
Jackett feels nothing less than 30 points from their remaining 15 league games will be enough for Wanderers after losing ground on the Canaries and the rest of the top six at Carrow Road.
'That is not an impossible target to set, and would take us to 78 points which in most seasons would be enough to get you into the play-offs,' he said. 'That is something we have to focus on and is achievable. Our next run of games is five in 15 days, and we have to make sure that we are good enough to cope with that.
'For us this was a lesson because it was a third game in eight days – two of those away from home – and you need to be at full energy and tempo to come here and challenge sides like Norwich.
'I wouldn't think there's any lack of character or wanting to win – everyone can see that the prizes are there for us – but we didn't get going and we didn't do enough. Norwich had enough know-how and experience to ease us out of it.'
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Jackett admitted Alex Tettey's display was pivotal to the outcome with the Norwegian's mastery of midfield in the early exchanges forcing him into a half-time change.
'We played a different system in the second half to the first, but I don't think we particularly got going in either system,' he said. 'Tettey had been influential in the first half and pulling the strings and we needed to try and get in around him, win the ball back and break with our front three players. I don't think our intentions happened. I just tried to get Benik (Afobe) up there in and amongst the centre halves
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'Perhaps I should have changed a few of the players from midweek but it is tough when you have just won 4-1 and there is that temptation to let the boys run on and keep playing.'