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ACADEMY | A Disappointing Defeat

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07:38 7th March 2017

Coach's thoughts as Wolves undone by Villa comeback

Scott Sellars was left reflecting on a disappointing end to last night’s Under-23 game with Aston Villa as Wolves let a lead slip to finish on the losing side.

After a tight first half, Wolves went in front through Donovan Wilson in the second period, only to concede in the 74th and 86th minutes respectively to lose the game.

“I thought for 70 minutes we were in control of the game and had gone 1-0 up,” said Sellars.

“Villa upped the tempo and put us under pressure  and I didn’t think we coped with that at all.

“As a result the last 20 minutes were really disappointing.

“It changed what should have been a really positive night and a good win into a disappointing night and a disappointing result.

“It just seems that when teams do go a bit more direct against us, as a group we don’t seem to be able to deal with it.

“And that is an important part of the game.

“The back four needed to do better, backed up by the midfield.

“We made one or two mistakes at key times and made some poor decisions which allowed Villa some opportunities which they took.

“Mentally and physically we just seemed to go in the last ten minutes.”

It had all looked rosey for Wolves when, after a first half in which Sellars wasn’t completely happy with the performance, they upped the tempo and got that lead through the in-form Wilson’s 12th Under-23 goal of the season.

“In the first half Villa sat back and denied us space,” said the coach.

“We moved the ball too slowly and were a bit safe. 

“People needed to take more risks in their passing and receiving to get forward.

“We were in control without hurting them or having shots on target so we talked about getting more tempo and playing further forward.

“If we were going to play across the back it was about having two touches and not 14 which was a problem in the first half. 

“When we did that in the second, we started to have some good situations and the chances  started to come.

“The goal came from a great pass from Morgan (Gibbs-White), who I thought was our best player on the night, and a great finish from Donovan.

“I didn’t feel at that stage we were under any pressure but that was to proved wrong in those final few minutes.”

Wilson was replaced by Niall Ennis, returning after four months out with a broken leg, and Sellars says the young striker now needs minutes in training and games to get back to where he was prior to the injury.

“It was good to see Niall back but we knew he was going to be very rusty,” he said.

“He had a good headed chance when the timing wasn’t quite there and we need to get him some minutes on the pitch.

“He needs that training and matches to catch up but he has a lot of potential and in time will show it.”

With five games remaining of the season Wolves occupy third position in Premier League 2 and are still handily place to finish between second and fifth which would earn a spot in the end-of-season play offs.

Next up are current league leaders Swansea, away, on Monday (7pm).

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