11:16 18th March 2017
Scott Sellars says that a draw was a fair reflection of his side’s game with Stoke City on Friday.
The Under 23s travelled to Stoke’s Clayton Wood training ground sitting in third place in the Premier League 2, Division 2 table with four games to play.
On a blustery day in the Potteries, Dan Armstrong’s left-footed strike saw Wolves take the lead in the 21st minute as he followed up from Conor Levingston’s long-range effort.
Stoke’s Julien N’Goy replied just minutes later to equalise - despite both teams having chances to win the game, the score remained 1-1 and Wolves went home with a point.
Sellars felt that his side started slowly in the game, and attributed the slow start to fatigue following Monday evening’s 2-2 draw at Swansea City.
“I don’t think that we did enough to win the game, we probably didn't deserve to lose it either.” he said.
“First half, we were off the pace a little bit - I thought that one or two were feeling the pace from Monday night at Swansea and it took a while for us to get going.
“In the second half, we played with a bit more tempo and a bit more intensity - we probably had the better chances overall.
“Part of the players development is that as first team players, they've got to be able to play Saturday and Tuesday.
“You can sometimes protect the players and change it around, but sometimes you’ve actually got to let the, get on with it and see how they cope.
“We looked a bit ‘leggy’ at times and just lacked a bit of intensity in what we try and do.
“At the end of the day, it’s a 1-1 draw away from home so we can’t be too disappointed.”
The reverse fixture against Stoke was also a 1-1 draw at The Bucks Head in Telford back in February.
The Potters are second from bottom in the Premier League 2 table but Sellars says that they were a handful for his side to cope with.
“We played Stoke not too long ago and I thought that game was tight," he continued.
“They've got some good players and I thought that the front two were a handful - with the wind against us in the first half, we struggled to cope with it and that was a side of the game that I was a bit disappointed with.
“We went 1-0 up, when I didn't think we were playing great - then pretty quickly they got it back to 1-1, it was frustrating for us to take the lead and lose it so quickly.
“We’ve got three games to go, and most sides around us have got two - we keep picking up points, but of course I’d prefer us to be picking up wins.
“We’ll keep going, we’ve got a young group who are under a little bit of pressure and they've got to cope with it.”
The Under 23s next fixture is the Birmingham Senior Cup semi-final against Sutton Coldfield on Tuesday 28th March.