13:21 8th May 2017
Heading into Monday’s play-off semi-final, Scott Sellars believes that his side can beat any team they come up against.
The Under 23s face West Ham United on Monday (7pm) at Molineux, in the semi-final of the Premier League 2, Division 2 play-offs.
Sellars says that his side are full of confidence and belief heading into the game.
The Under 23s manager began, “It’s a great opportunity for the lads after all of the hard work that they've put in throughout the season.
“If I look back on the season, I think to finish second in that league is a great honour for the lads but obviously we want to go one better.
“We need to win the game on Monday, as a group of players and a group of staffs, we’re really looking forward to pitting our whits against West Ham.
“We’ve had a good season and it’s given them a lot of confidence, a lot of belief - the lads collectively are very good and we’ve got a lot of good individuals in the group as well.
“We feel that if we can play like we can play, we can beat anybody.
“We’ve done that for most of the season and our last league game we were really strong against Fulham - the lads go into it with a lot of confidence.
“They’ve had the opportunity to play in the Checkatrade Trophy as well this year and the other league games at Molineux.
“It won’t be a strange surrounding for them, it will be something that they're used to and I’m sure they’ll be looking forward to it.
“I can sense in the training sessions and the work that we’re doing, they're very focused - we had a meeting a couple of weeks ago about focusing and not getting into holiday mode as the weather gets warmer and the sun comes out.
“I’ve not seen a change in their mentality, they've been really focused and we’ll look to do the same again on Monday.”
West Ham have provided a tough test for the Under 23s in the two league fixtures this season.
The Under 23s drew 2-2 away at West Ham in September and were beaten 4-0 in the reverse fixture in December.
Sellars is aware of the challenge that they will bring, but he isn't reflecting too much on previous results.
“The first game against West Ham finished 2-2, it was a game where we nicked a draw.
“We were in the game and strong at 1-0 up - they then came on strong, they've got some good players who can hurt you.
“The home game was a bit different - we had a few first team players in and it affected our rhythm.
“It was very much a mixture of players who didn't really work collectively and that affected the performance so I wont reflect too much on that one.
“We know that they can cause you some problems and they did on that day because they've got some good attacking players who can score goals.
“There will be one or two decisions to make around the team but I think more or less, 80% of it picks itself and it’s quite settled.
“We had a game at Burnley last week which gave the boys some minutes - some of the lads who haven't played as much or who have been out on loan, that gave me a chance to have a look at them and see where they're at.
“The team is really important, the consistency in picking the team and the players that have played have helped them over the season and I won’t be looking to make too many changes.”
A reminder that tickets for Monday’s fixture are free for Season Ticket Holder’s and current members providing that tickets are claimed by 3pm on Monday.
To claim a ticket, fans can call the Ticket Office or reserve online - admission on the gate is £4 for adults and £1 for concessions.