12:11 2nd March 2017
Scott Sellars reflects on a good evening at The Bucks Head.
Sellars says his side produced a ‘convincing performance’ against Burton Albion, as the Under 23s progressed to the semi-finals of the Birmingham Senior Cup.
On a wet night at AFC Telford’s Bucks Head, Goals from Donovan Wilson, Aaron Collins and Regan Upton saw Sellars’ side win 3-0 to set up a tie with Sutton Coldfield in the last four.
The Under 23s boss says he was impressed with how well his side controlled the game.
“It was a pretty convincing performance, we started the game really well - after about 10 minutes, I think we’d had five good chances,” he said.
“We took the lead early in the game and then in the second half, we did the same again.
“We expected Burton to come at us a bit more in the second half - we’d obviously gone in after a strong performance and again, the lads started really well and we got that second goal.
"After the third goal, we managed to control the game really well and overall, it was a really pleasing performance.
"The two centre-backs within the back four and the goalkeeper gave us a really good platform to play off.
"We won a lot of the first ball which meant that we could play from there, the midfield did well on the second ball and controlled it, and I thought the front four were really lively, we had some good movement, some good situations - the only thing at half time was that it was only 1-0.”
The Under 23s previous game was a 5-0 defeat away to Norwich City in the Premier League Cup.
Sellars says that it was important to learn from the mistakes that they made and prove that the defeat was only a ‘blip’.
“The great thing about football is that you aren't waiting nine months for your next game,” Sellars continued.
“We learnt from the things that we didn't do well at Norwich. Although we got beaten 5-0, I thought for 40 minutes at Norwich, we were excellent.
“We haven't got lots of players at the moment because obviously some are out on loan or pushing for the first team, so the Burton game was an opportunity to prove that Norwich was a one-off, which was what it was, and we got back on the road and progressed in a cup competition.”
Wolves took the lead through Donovan Wilson, as he scored a superb right-footed volley in the 10th minute.
Sellars was impressed with this striker’s performance and says he needs to realise the potential that he has.
“Donovan’s scoring goals which is important for him,” he said.
“In the second half, he was even better as he got hold of the ball a bit more - he started to drive at them and I thought he looked really powerful and he always causes problems.
“I think Donovan needs to realise potentially how good he could be, how powerful he is, the left foot he's got and to use it even more - that’s something since he’s been with us that we’ve been pushing him on to do.
“We think he's got a lot of potential, he's scored off his right foot today - a great finish, and he probably could have had a couple more to get his name on the score sheet and make people see him.
“That’s what he's got to do at the moment - knock on Paul’s (Lambert) door with his goals.”
The Under 23s next outing is a local derby as they host Aston Villa on Monday night (7pm) at Molineux.
Sellars says his side want to win every game and that the target is promotion.
“We’re still in the play-off positions - the top one goes up and second, third, fourth and fifth play off, so that’s what the target is.
“Swansea are a bit too ahead of everyone else - we’ve lost quite a few players so it’s a real challenge for us at the moment but that’s our target.
“The rest have got four games and we’ve got six game and we’ve got to get enough points to get into the play-offs and get promoted.”