CHRIS HUGHTON believes the lack of a cutting edge in front of goal proved costly following the 1-0 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday.
The Albion boss felt his side struggled to break down a resolute Wolves defence, with keeper Carl Ikeme in inspired form.
He said, "It was an extremely disappointing afternoon, particularly with the possession that we had.
“Apart from the goal that they scored, which of course was an error from us, I can’t really think of a good goalscoring opportunity that they had.
“I think that once they got the goal, they were happy to sit back and make it more difficult for us. But the onus was on us and we had to find a way of breaking down a good defence and to get the goals that we needed.
“We had the header at the end that was well saved, and of course we hit the woodwork, similar to midweek when Bobby [Zamora] hit the crossbar."
Hughton hopes the tide will soon turn for his side and that the results will soon replicate the performances.
“We are on the back of a tough week and two games in Ipswich and Wolves which we did not deserve to lose. We are always the first ones to hold our hands up and say if we have been fortunate to get a result, but certainly in the last two games we have not deserved the results that we have got.
“But Wolves defended very well and you have to give them credit for the way that they set their team out. For us as a team that is chasing the game, we have to find a way back into it and we could not do that."
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KENNY JACKETT hailed the desire and determination of his players after they earned a hard-fought 1-0 win over Brighton on Saturday.
He told wolves.co.uk, “The players showed fantastic character and effort.
“There is a lot of character in that dressing room – effort, application and a will to play for the club, and that goes a long way.
“It has been a really good week’s work particularly with what had gone on in the two games before.
“We have had three clean sheets now and we had two games previously where we had conceded seven goals.
“We had been a good side technically, good on the ball with passages of excellent play, but ended up losing and conceding a lot of goals.
“We have been working on our defending, our work off the ball in particular, and being harder to beat and competitive."
The Wolves boss is now eager for his side to challenge near the top end of the table, but says patience is key.
“We want to be as good as Brighton are and want to be in that position in the league.
“As a club we have still got some way to go until we do that.
“There are some very good sides up there – the top five have done very well and deserve to be there and now Ipswich have built up some momentum as well.
“We aspire to be up there and this season has been a work in progress and we are not as powerful as we have been.
“But with the right additions we can close that gap."
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