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ACADEMY | Rare Disappointment

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11:04 14th September 2016

by Jerry Gill

Jerry Gill on the draw with Everton

Jerry Gill will be looking for more from his Academy Under-18s team after a disappointing performance despite a late equaliser salvaging a point against Everton on Saturday.

Wolves fell behind early on at Compton Park before Ryan Giles equalised, but the visitors again went in front only for Jordan Allan to level.

Everton went ahead for a third time in the second half before Austin Samuels grabbed another Wolves equaliser a minute from the end.

“I have to say it was disappointing, and I haven’t to say that very often during my time here,” said Gill.

“It was our worst performance of the season and it’s strange to say that after coming back to draw 3-3.

“With the late goal again we showed good character and it is always a good sign to get something from a game when you are not at your best.

“I’m not a massive one on stats but I have had a look back and things like our pass completions were much lower than they normally are.

“Win, lose or draw, we always want to see what we could call a Wolves performance, and I don’t think we had one of those on Saturday.

“If you turned up and both teams had bibs on you wouldn’t have identified it as a Wolves performance.

“Conceding three goals at home is not what we want, and they were poor goals to give away with some errors in there as well.

“Although we have got good pace up front and can get in down the sides we went long too often and didn’t play through the middle which we had been doing previously this season.”

Work will take place this week going back over the game and learning what can be done better ahead – like the first team - of a tough trip to face Newcastle United on Saturday.

“The lads are an honest group who know when they have done well and when they have not,” said Gill.

“They describe their own performances  and we do the same and then hopefully they are quite similar!
“We tend to analyse the game all the way through to the Thursday – with the lads having education on a Wednesday – and we will have another good look at it to see what we need to do to improve.

“Then it will be all about preparing for Newcastle, which is another tough game.

“They are top of the league and have been winning games without conceding many goals this season.

“But it’s a challenge we will be looking forward to, and the lads will be giving their best to put in a good performance.”

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