16:03 31st March 2017
Darren Ryan gives his views on the International break, Saturday’s upcoming clash with Swansea City and his player’s performances for the Under 23s.
The Under 18s manager admitted that his players were tired following their last game at Sunderland, a game that they won 1-0.
Since that game, his players have had the chance to recharge and prepare for Saturday’s trip to Swansea.
When asked whether the break had come at the right time for his players, he said, “You could say that the international break came at a bad time for us but I think the lads probably needed a bit of a break.
“We’ve also had players that have been on international duty - it’s been pleasing to see.
“We’ve had Elliot Watt with Scotland Under 17s, obviously Morgan (Gibbs-White) away with England, Daniel Csoka with Hungary - theyve all qualified for the European Championships, so it’s been a productive time for the lads that have been on international duty.
“Dan McKenna’s been away with Ireland Under 19s - they lost out on goal difference, so he’s come back a little bit disappointed.
“I think overall, we did needed the break - physically we looked tired towards the end of the Sunderland game, so it was good for the lads to get a couple of days rest and start again.
“It’s just a case of taking the performances from before the break, into the Swansea game.”
A number of Ryan’s players were called upon to play for the Under 23s in Tuesday’s Birmingham Senior Cup win at Sutton Coldfield.
Ryan was proud of the players that featured, he says it was a refection of how they've been playing for the Under 18s.
“I think with a lot of the the lads playing for the Under 23s on Tuesday against Sutton Coldfield, Scott (Sellars) has shown a lot of of faith in the lads and it’s a reflection of how they're doing at the minute,” he said.
“He’s given praise to Dion Sanderson, Brad Carr worked very hard and Elliot Watt, Cameron John, Rory Brown - they all did well.
“It’s really good for the lads to get those opportunities.
“We’ve got a style of play, we’ve got the Wolves way - the lads know their jobs and the responsibilities, the performances showed that the knowledge of how all of our teams play is filtering down.”