Wolves Under 21 Coach Scott Sellars was left to lament his side’s luck after Jamie Hanson’s late goal gave Derby County a 2-1 victory at AFC Telford’s New Bucks Head last Sunday.
Not for the first time this season Sellars’ men dominated proceedings, but were unable to turn their advantage into goals. But despite suffering a fourth defeat in their last few games, Sellars insists there are plenty of positives to take from the game.
He said: “Overall I thought that the performance was very good.
“I felt that during the 90 minutes we dominated the game, but as the season has progressed it seems to be the story of our season.
“We worked really hard to get back in to it but we conceded a late goal like in the Aston Villa game.
“But overall the performance was very good and there’s plenty to work on - these are young players and we’ll keep working with them every day.”
Sellars’ side for the Rams clash was bolstered by the inclusion of first team squad members, Aaron McCarey, Jack Price, Nathan Byrne and goal scorer Liam McAlinden.
And Sellars believes that the inclusion of those players will help bring on other members of his squad.
He explained: “There’s some experience in there and some really good characters as well.
“In terms of learning the game I think that young players learn a lot by playing with them, so I think overall from their development point of view playing with them players is really positive.”
With just six matches left in the Barclays Under 21 Premier League there’s still a lot to play for.
Wolves are currently in 11th place in Division Two which is not a fair reflection of the effort and performances the team have put in.
Several of the players are also out of contract at the end of the season and will be keen to stay at the club, and follow the likes of Jordan Graham, Dominic Iorfa and Kortney Hause into the first team.
The decision process as to which players remain is not easy, and Sellars is keen to give all the out of contract players the best possible chance of obtaining a new deal.
He said: “Our job is always to get them in the first team, get them new contracts.
“If they are not going to be good enough for here then hopefully get them another club, that’s basically a development job, looking to progress them and over the next few weeks we will be looking to make them decisions.”
Harry Burgoyne and Eusebio Bancessi are enjoying loan spells at AFC Telford, and between now and the end of the season Sellars is open to more players following suit to further enhance their careers.
Though this will only happen if the right move presents itself.
“We are always looking for opportunities for players to go out and get on loan and get league experience,” the coach added.
“I talk quite regularly about it; I think it’s the next stepping stone in their development. I think Harry, Eusebio - and Ben O’Hanlon’s been out on loan as well – have enjoyed the experience. Ben’s certainly come back a different player from playing mens’ football and in terms of their progression we’ll be looking to continue do that.”