Kenny Jackett has told Wolverhampton Wanderers’s official website that his players at Molineux need to learn the importance of defending.
Wolves have always been an attacking side under Jackett, but their desire to play on the front foot has come back to haunt them this term.
The Midlands side have failed to address their defensive issues throughout the campaign, and Jackett admits that it is about time his players realised the importance of keeping clean sheets.
“We need to come through this key period having had injuries to key people and get the side to settle down and go again – build on the strengths that we have and realise that defensively you can’t win games but it can also make sure you don’t lose them," he said.
Wolves have conceded 42 goals in their first 31 Championship matches this season, leaving them with the worst defensive record of any team in the top half of the table.
Jackett’s men have been unsettled by injuries to key players, but that has not excused them from feeling the brunt of fans’ frustrations.
A recent 2-1 defeat to Preston North End at Molineux was the final straw for many, with Wolves’ chances of making the play-offs now seemingly over.
Wolves are 11 points back from the top six and their campaign has been a very disappointing one so far.