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READ | Under 18s Face Leicester

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09:00 15th April 2017

Darren Ryan says he is looking forward to challenge of facing Leicester City on Saturday.

Ryan’s Under 18s haven't played for two weeks won three games in succession prior to the break.

It will be the first time that the young Wolves have faced Leicester this season but Ryan says he is focusing on his own team rather than theirs.

“We do our homework - we have footage of previous games, and I talk to coaches who have played against them but I don't want to really concentrate on the opposition, I’m trying to concentrate on us.

“I know that if the lads put in a performance like they have been doing, we will have a really positive performance.

“I like to focus about us really - what we’re going to do with and without the ball so that’s what we’re trying to focus on.

“We’ve watched Leicester however and it is going to be a new challenge for us - they play a 4-4-2 diamond which we haven't come across so far in the four games that I’ve been in charge.

“It will bring new challenges for us, it’s about being compact and really working hard without the ball - with the ball, we need to make the pitch big, switch the play and create two v ones in wide areas.

“We haven't played them before and it’s a challenge that the lads are looking forward to.”

One catalyst for the recent run of wins has been the the form of striker Jordan Allan.

The 18-year-old signed for Wolves in 2014 after making his first team debut for Airdrie United at the age of 14.

Allan has scored three goals in three games but Ryan says that Allan’s work rate is also priceless for the team.

“Jordan Allan’s been tremendous and I’ve said it before - it’s not only his goals but his work rate without the ball, it starts with Jordan.

“With the way we want to play and the way we want to press, he’s been fantastic.

“It was good for Andrew to get his goal against Swansea and we’re looking around the team for other players to chip in with some goals as well.

“Some of the lads have been involved with the Under 23s and we’ve done a lot of training recently where the Under-18s and Under-23s have trained together which is great.

"In turn, this then offers opportunities for the younger age groups to step up and train with the Under-18s, which gives the coaches a good chance to look at them working in that environment."

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