Jackett: Wolves good enough to avenge defeat by Bournemouth

Kenny Jackett
Teams managed by Jackett have lost just three times in eight meetings with Bournemouth

Wolves boss Kenny Jackett says his team are good enough to avenge December's controversial home loss to Bournemouth.

Two red cards caused Wolves to suffer a fifth straight defeat, which sparked owner Steve Morgan into confronting referee Mike Jones at full-time.

But, ahead of Tuesday's rematch in Dorset, Jackett's side have since lost just twice in 17 Championship matches.

"We had an excellent game against them at Molineux that in the end went against us," Jackett told BBC WM 95.6.

It was a defeat that proved the turning point of the Wolves' season, the catalyst for their revival on the back of having lost five consecutive matches, while conceding 16 goals.

Jackett's managerial record v Bournemouth
Prior to this season, in seven meetings when in charge of Watford, Swansea City and Millwall, Kenny Jackett's teams had lost just twice against Bournemouth.

Now, after three straight wins for Wolves, with nine goals scored and three successive clean sheets, Jackett is confident that they can maintain their push for a play-off place in successive matches at Bournemouth and at home to his old club Watford this Saturday.

"We have shown great spirit in our defending," he added. "And we have been hard to score against, which is something you need in close games.

"Against Bournemouth and Watford we will need our defensive co-ordination to be at its best."

The Cherries are on a winless run of six matches and have slumped to fifth, just three points above Wolves, but Jackett will not take anything for granted at the Goldsands Stadium.

"Bournemouth won't lose their ability to be a good team in a few games," he said. "But we want to give them as many problems as we can."