14:08 16th March 2017
Darren Ryan says he is delighted with his side’s first win since September.
Ryan’s young Wolves beat local rivals West Bromwich Albion on Saturday to get the Merit group campaign off to the best possible start.
Two goals from Jordan Allan saw the Under 18s run-out 2-0 winners in the game at Compton Park.
The recently appointed Under 18s manager was impressed with his side’s work rate and he says that the win was fully deserved.
“Last week we spoke about the work rate - it was really good and the pleasing thing for me was that the work rate they showed in training, they displayed that in the game as well,” Ryan began.
“It was a game where we dominated - I think their first shot on goal came in the 93rd minute which just shows how much we dominated the game against them.
“The Merit groups are a fresh challenge for us, a fresh league - we've set ourselves some targets and challenges. To start the merit group with a win was good.
“They've got to maintain that now, they've got to maintain this level of consistency in possession and out of possession."
The Under 18s manager is now hoping they can take confidence from the win into the trip to Sunderland on Saturday.
Ryan believes that the players have shown ‘togetherness’ and he has now challenged his side to be consistent in their forthcoming games.
“We’re confident going into Saturday’s game with Sunderland," he said.
“We’ve had a good training week - the boys have obviously been buzzing in training, getting that win against their local rivals was great.
“The pleasing thing is that they realise how much that they did dominate the game - confidence is high, they've set themselves their own targets between now and the end of the season and hopefully we can achieve them.
“The players have been absolutely fantastic since I came in - it’s not just in the games, in training their attitude and application has been first class.
“It’s just a case of maintaining the levels that they've set themselves.
“I see a togetherness out there, I see the players working to help each other out - they've got to be consistent now.
“They can’t have just one week doing and not the next week.
“I believe in the players, I think they believe in themselves - they just need to maintain the standards that they've set and the intensity that they've shown in the last two games.”