15:17 25th January 2017
Jerry Gill reacts to his Under-18’s defeat to Stoke, as well as reflecting on the weekend action.
Wolves Under-18 boss Jerry Gill says his side are remaining positive despite having not won a competitive game since September.
The young Wolves lost 2-1 to Stoke City at Compton Park on Tuesday, Gill says he was impressed with the performance despite the defeat.
“Again the performance levels as a team were fantastic and I thought some of the individual performances were good as well,” Gill began.
“I’m disappointed with the two goals that we conceded - we take the lead in the game deservedly so, and then we go and concede to one individual mistake and another one where I thought we could have done better.
“If you take away the bad goals, I thought we bossed the game, we dominated the ball - we were the ones that were on the front foot.
“I am really pleased with the boys since they came back from the Christmas break - I think they look confident, positive and they've shown a really good attitude to the game.
“I’ve got to stay positive with them because I’m quite honest with the group and we have been honest with them in early parts of the season, when we haven't performed, but my honesty on this one is that they've done brilliantly in the game but just didn't get the result.
“I thought Taylor Perry found some really good pockets of space in between defensive lines, Ryan Giles got in some really good areas, Josh Hesson did really well on the right side, Jordan Allan was physical even though he's a small lad, he was physical up against the stronger centre backs - they’ve really embraced it, they haven't shied away from it and that’s another challenge for the lads that we want.”
It has been a busy period for the Under-18s as prior to the Stoke game, they played Manchester City at home on Saturday.
Against City, Gill was impressed with his side’s performance as they took the lead in the game through Ryan Giles.
Manchester City fought back however, to win the game 5-2 and Gill admitted that they were up against a very good team.
“They're a team that they think a lot of at Man City - a team that they've been bringing through for a couple of years and it’s a team full of international players,” he continued.
“We went 1-0 up in the game, deservedly so on the high-pressing game - we should have scored before that as well, Jordan Allen had a ‘one v one’ with the ‘keeper - 2-0 would have been interesting against Man City.
“For the first 20 minutes, we were the better team by far and they didn't enjoy us pressing them hard.
“I thought once it went two one, we conceded some poor goals but it was more individual ability from Man City rather than our mistakes.
“We came out in the second half and competed again and we went toe-to-toe with them and I think it was just the quality in the end from Man City that we found tough.
“There have been lots of positives for the boys to take on in their careers, it’s really good to coach them at the moment - we just go for the next one.
“We've got another home game on Saturday and the performance levels have to be the same as that.”
In addition to the two home games, the academy took a squad to the Keramik Cup in Germany - a 5-a-side tournament.
Gill feels that providing his players with different experiences will aid their development.
“Dan Copnall, my assistant, and Marc Campbell took the a group across to Germany for the 5-a-side tournament - it was a really good experience for that lads, some hadn't been away from home before.
“There were 2000 people watching every game - there were some really good moments, young Taylor Townsend scores the goal of the tournament with a volley.
“It was a good experience and some real good experiences for the boys to take into their careers - we’ll certainly go and do it again.”
Gill’s side have another home game on Saturday, as they face Blackburn Rovers (12pm).