Jackett: Wolves have been fantastic in this key area

Kenny Jackett has been impressed by a key aspect of Wolves’ play.

Speaking to the Express and Star, Jackett has highlighted Wolves’ ability to keep clean sheets as a key factor behind their success.

“It’s a great record,” he said. “The clean sheets we’ve had in this period have been hard worked for and we’ve earned them. As a club it’s a really good thing and fantastic but we’ll need more to be successful as well.

“That’s a big thing and I’m very pleased with that stat.”

In the last five games at Molineux, Wolves have managed to keep four clean sheets, with only free-scoring Watford able to score past Tomasz Kuszczak at their home ground. They have 17 clean sheets in all, joint most in the entire Championship with Middlesbrough, who have conceded the fewest goals.

  Clean SheetAppearances
Middlesbrough 17 39
Wolves 17 39
Sheff Wed 16 39
Bournemouth 15 39

11 of those clean sheets have come at home, and considering Wolves are praised for their attacking style and possession play, it is strange to consider them as having one of the best defences in the league.

In the process of winning League One last season, Jackett’s side has a similarly mean defence, securing a club record 25 clean sheets on their way to the title.

Carl Ikeme was first-choice stopper last term, and his impressive form sent Wolves up the Championship table at the beginning of the season. After suffering an injury at the turn of the year, Kuszczak took the main role, and has been in impenetrable form.

Wolves have a good enough attacking line to challenge for the Championship even without a bad defence. But to see Jackett focused on the work of his back-line is impressive, and it could be the thing that sees a return to the Premier League this season.

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