Date: 10th May 2016 at 5:27pm
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Having got the winning end to the 2015/16 Championship season that head coach Kenny Jackett wanted against Sheffield Wednesday, the gaffer was quick to admit that Wolverhampton Wanderers still needed to show plenty of improvements ahead of next season’s campaign.

Taking the two one victory on the day with an own goal and a George Saville strike, Jackett acknowledged it was a much changed Wednesday side compared to the starting eleven that had got them in the Play Offs this year, and he knew things still had to be better.

Speaking to the Official Website in his post game press conference, Jackett said he was obviously pleased with the win, but it didn’t paper over the clear cracks in our season.

‘A win is always important whatever situation you are in and we are pleased to get that. The atmosphere was terrific today right from the start with the supporters generating a really good atmosphere. We started well and were good with our creating of chances. The first half performance was very good and then we lost Jed Wallace who came off at half time through illness having done very well. We got the own goal and then George Saville got his fifth goal of the season which is very good for half a season in the centre of midfield.’

Speaking the second half and their penalty, he went on to add.

‘In the second period we got into good positions, especially with Iorfa and Henry down the right hand side, and ultimately didn`t get the strikes off that we needed. It was a somewhat dubious penalty in the 89th minute which made it a nervous last few minutes but credit to the players they saw it through and got the win. In the end after a succession of draws it was great to win on the final day.’

Jackett knew it couldn’t cover up the weaknesses in the side and the issues we have faced this year, but with plenty of work to do over the summer he’d much rather do that with a win in the final game under his belt.

‘But that cannot mask what we need to do and where we need to improve. Now for us it is about the summer and capitalising on the strengths we have in the side and addressing the quite obvious weaknesses that we also have. We have been a halfway side this year and we want to aspire to be better than that. I am under no illusions, to get ourselves close to a top six place we do need to really improve because in the end that was effectively Sheffield Wednesday`s second team.’

He again spoke of how the season hadn’t matched up to his original hopes.

‘We were hoping to be competing higher up the table this season. We have not really been threatened by the relegation places but similarly we haven`t threatened the top six enough. We are hoping Dicko will be back for pre-season and that will be an undoubted plus given how popular he is here and the force he has been for us. But him on his own won`t be enough. We do have some strengths in the squad but we also have some glaring weaknesses. We need to be strong enough and deep enough to go through when the season starts because we won`t have the loan window this time.’

With ongoing sale issues impacting on budgets for next season though, Jackett again spoke of that, but remained confident at getting done what he felt needed to be done.

‘Discussions are still to be had which are against the backdrop of the club still being up for sale. We know where we need to improve and we will be working towards it. But the financial parameters are not quite clear yet. I am very much determined to do it here, I think Wolves is a fantastic club. When you play well, and the crowd are optimistic, it generates a fantastic atmosphere. That is the challenge for us now and one I am desperate to bring about next year.’

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