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Orient Experience Too Much

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17:37 26th July 2012

Coach satisfied with display despite result.

The Wolves development squad played a behind closed doors friendly against Leyton Orient at Champneys Springs on Wednesday afternoon.
The Londoners, who fielded their first team, won the game 2-0 but development coach Steve Weaver was satisfied with his squad’s display.
He explained: “Champneys Springs is a hotel with a pitch and training facilities in the East Midlands. Southampton and Team GB have recently stayed there as well as Leyton Orient who played their first team so it was always going to be a tough test for our first game.
“What we tried to do was give each player 60 minutes on the pitch which meant some came off and then went back on again. 
“We played the first 30 minute section with probably our most experienced line up and it was a good even contest. We almost took the lead just before we made our first changes.
“The keeper saved from Sam Winnall and Jake Kempton stretched to get to the loose ball. Although he managed to get a shot in, it lacked power allowing a defender to clear off the line.
“But Orient were always a threat from set pieces and they took the lead from a corner shortly after we had made the first changes who probably. The new lads probably didn’t have the time to tune into the game.
“The younger our team got, then the more Orient seemed to get on top and the team we fielded in the last 30 minutes was our least experienced although, to be fair to them, they stuck to what we had asked them to do. With four or five minutes remaining, Orient did get a second but I was delighted with the application shown by our players.
“It was hot, they were up against an adult team and they did flag a little bit towards the end, but it was a good work out.
“The game showed us that we have a little bit of work to do. It is a new group with a lot of new lads coming in to the team, and it showed some of the things that we need to work on in the week to come.” 

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