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Jackett: Stopper refused to play

Wolves boss Kenny Jackett revealed that unsettled goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey refused to play in their 1-0 defeat at Gillingham.

With Carl Ikeme injured but the January transfer window now open, Jackett was forced to turn to youngster Aaron McCarey in goal at Priestfield.

But the new keeper was powerless to prevent Cody McDonald's injury-time winner that prevented Wolves from returning to the top of League One.

And Jackett afterwards admitted his side's current lack of ruthlessness was worrying, although he reserved his strongest words for Hennessey, who is rumoured to be wanted by Crystal Palace.

"Carl Ikeme got injured, and Wayne Hennessey came in yesterday and said he didn't want to play," he said.

"That opened up a chance for Aaron McCarey in goal, who I rate very highly and he didn't disappoint.

"I think Wayne's decision was the wrong one, but it was his call. His words were 'I don't want to play'.

"I think that wasn't the right course of action from Wayne. We've had no bids for Wayne, unless something's happened in the latter stages of today.

"It (the result) is desperately disappointing. The last three games have been the same - Orient, Tranmere and here - where we've had good control of the game, looked the better side but haven't taken the three points.

"We've not killed sides off, and if you don't do that, the opposition gets encouragement as the game goes on.

"Our form right now isn't promotion form. We want to keep controlling games, we want to keep building from the back, but we've got to put sides away."