10:30 4th April 2017
Darren Ryan says that the standard of his players’ attitude and application has been fantastic during his time in charge of the Under 18s.
Ryan’s side won their third win on the bounce on Saturday, as they beat Swansea City 1-0 away from home.
Ryan is pleased for his players, and he says they are a pleasure to work with.
He said, “the credit has to go to the players, they're working so hard, they're taking on board what me and Dan (Copnall) along with the other staff are trying to implement and it is pleasing.
“It’s three wins on the bounce and three clean sheets - the really pleasing thing is the players’ overall attitude in training and in games.
“I keep saying it but they're really focused at the moment and it’s a pleasure to work with them.
"The lads are confident, you can tell that.
“As staff we’re confident as well - we’re going into games full of confidence that we’re going to compete and we’re going to put on a good performance.
“We’re not playing again this week due to the staff study visits - it’s a chance for the lads to get a couple of days off but I’m sure they'll be raring to go when we’re back in ready for the Leicester game at home.”
Wolves took an early lead in the game through Andrew Sealy and despite having a number of chances to increase their lead, the game ended 1-0.
Ryan said that the only disappointment from the game was that his side didn't win by a bigger margin.
He was also complementary of the performance of Niall Ennis, who dropped down from the Under 23s with the aim of getting 90 minutes under his belt following a long spell out through injury.
“We got an early goal - a great finish from Andrew Sealy and in the first half we dominated,” he said.
“We hit the bar twice in the first half - I think they had one chance where we did let them get a cross in and they hit the bar at the far post.
“Overall, in the whole 90 minutes, the most disappointing thing was that we didn't kill the game off and we could have won by three or four really in the end.
“It was a really pleasing performance - I was also pleased for Niall (Ennis) who dropped down to play for us to get the 90 minutes to get some fitness.
“Especially in the first half, he was outstanding and it was great for him to get that game time.
“Every single one of them, even the lads that came on, were tremendous again.
“Niall’s been back in training, he’s had some minutes with the Under 23s - it was an opportunity with them not having a game, for him to play for the Under 18s and get the 90 minutes.
“His attitude was fantastic - he came into the team and showed the same work ethic that the rest of the lads have been showing in the previous two games.”