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Toffees Prove Tough Nut To Crack

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17:22 24th August 2014

Under-18s edged out by reigning champions

Wolves Academy Under-18s pushed reigning champions Everton all the way at Compton on Saturday, but were ultimately unable to find an equalising goal which their general play deserved.

A tight and hard-fought contest was decided by a Callum Connolly goal shortly before half time as Wolves were unable to add to the opening-day victory at Derby the previous weekend.

In a game which fluctuated with both sides having good control, it was Wolves who finished the stronger without being able to find an equaliser against an Everton side coached by Kevin Sheedy.

“I think we certainly deserved a draw from the game and a point would have been a fair result with the chances that we had,” said Wolves Under-18s coach Rob Edwards.

“It was a fairly even first half with Everton perhaps starting slightly better but then we got on top and had a really good spell for 20 minutes or so.

“That prompted them to change things around a little bit and come more into it again and they took the lead shortly before half time.

“We couldn’t really get back into it again before the break and Everton continued to be on the front foot as we started the second half.

“But then we made a couple of substitutions, changed the shape to a diamond in midfield, and had a really strong finish to the game.

“We had two or three excellent chances to get an equaliser but just couldn’t put the ball in the net.

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“I said to the lads at the end that we have had two games now where they have given me absolutely everything and I couldn’t have asked for any more.

“Having beaten Derby, we matched Everton all the way who are a very good team who won the league last year and will be up there again this time around.

“There are always things to work on, and things to improve, but we showed some good quality and that we could compete with one of the top sides in the division.”

Next up for the Under-18s is a long trip to face Sunderland on Saturday.


*See below to view an interview with Rob prior to Saturday's game which includes his thoughts on his return to Molineux in a coaching capacity.