Ethan Ebanks-Landell has delivered a totally honest assessment of his Molineux bow in a Wolves shirt on Tuesday night – but has vowed to learn from the experience and improve ahead of his next opportunity.
Head Coach Kenny Jackett said he was pleased with how the 20-year-old defender grew into the game after a difficult start in Tuesday’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie with Notts County, which Wolves ultimately lost on penalties after a goalless draw.
Ebanks-Landell agreed with that assessment after his second senior Wolves appearance, but was particularly candid about his first half performance and vowed to make sure he does better - for longer - next time around.
“I thought I was pretty average to be honest,” he said, as he looks to stake a claim at Molineux after a successful loan spell at Bury last season.
“In the first half I was poor but after the first ten minutes of the second half it felt like I picked things up and played a lot better.
“I don’t think there’s any point not being honest about what I thought about my performance.
“I did feel happy with my second half overall but I have to start the game like that as we could have been 2-0 down if it hadn’t been for Carl (Ikeme).
“Next time I get a chance I know I will need to start the game far better.
“I will learn from it but also I know I can play well at this level.
“Notts County are a League One team and I played in this division on loan with Bury last season.
“I played 26 games while I was there and that gave me massive confidence to get my first run in first team football.
“So it’s a level of football I am used to and I think maybe Tuesday was just one of those nights.
“I’ve just got to get on with it and keep working hard and hopefully get another chance soon.
“I’d played at Molineux before for the reserves but it was good to get out there for a first team match and still a good experience to take forward.”
On the result itself, the big defender added: “It was disappointing to lose the game although to be fair Notts County probably deserved it from the 90 minutes.
“We should have played a lot better.
“We had a lot more of the ball in the second half but in the first half we were below par.”
Having played those 26 games on loan with Bury last season, Ebanks-Landell has returned to Wolves this season and some fierce defensive competition amongst some quality defenders at the club.
But like all of the young players now aiming to impress, he feels the door to the first team is more open since the arrival of Head Coach Jackett.
“Like a lot of the younger players here this season we do feel more involved and closer to the first team than before,” he said.
“But of course while the team has done so well as they have in the first ten games then it is that bit harder for anyone to break in.
“We’ve just got to be ready when called upon like some of the other lads have been.
“The gaffer has no problem putting the young boys into the team and that gives everyone confidence.
“I have just got to stay positive, believe in my ability and hopefully a chance will come.
“It’s given me a little taste of what it’s like and drives me on to wanting more.
“There are some great defenders here.
“Sam has played in the Premier League, Stears, George and Foles have played in the Prem, and I think Danny could play there as well.
“There is a lot of quality and experience there and training with them every day I have just got to learn from it.”