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17:22 27th January 2014

Villa beaten at Compton Park.

Following on from their 6-1 demolition of Stoke a fortnight ago, the Wolves Under 18s recorded another victory, this time against Aston Villa at Compton Park.

For the second successive week it was a seven goal fixture but this time it was a lot closer than the meeting in the Potteries with Wolves edging the game against Villa by 4-3.

Coach Mick Halsall said: "After a good win in our last game we looked forward to Aston Villa coming to us to see what we could achieve against a very strong side that has done well this season. 

"We started this game confidently - looking inventive going forward and compact in our defensive shape. That changed within 20 minutes as we allowed the opposition to create and score following poor play in our own half - which could and should have been dealt with more efficiently by three of our players. 

"This put us on the back foot and we found ourselves two down shortly afterwards as Villa scored again with a shot from just outside the box. The players seemed stunned by this but reacted well as they got back into the game with a good goal from Bradley Reid (pictured) as he out-paced their back four players to finish with a powerful shot.

"I thought we could possibly get back into the game if we could hold out until half-time and regroup. But we once more we conceded from a set play that, again, should have been dealt with.

"However, once more the players responded with character and Reid was on the spot again to score another goal as he chased a seemingly lost cause putting their keeper under pressure before dribbling past him and shooting into the net past a defender stationed on the line.

"The goal made the team talk very different to the one we would have had had we been 3-1 down. It was a matter of making sure we tightened up at the back and pressed forward a bit more rather than trying to play out at the times when Villa were ready to press. 

“We asked more questions from them as Reid was replaced by Keita with both players only available for 45 minutes each as we knew that they would be required for the under 21 game on Monday. 

“With Kieta making himself busy it seemed to unsettled the Villa back four and we managed to draw level after Dan Murray had a shot from the edge of the box that deflected past their keeper ten minutes into the second half. 

“Tendai Matinyadze replaced Carlo Erdei after 65 minutes coming on to play down our right side and he created a couple of decent opportunities with his dribbling and trickery. 

“We went in front when we scored directly from a Declan Weeks corner after we had created some good movement in the near post area putting defenders off. In fact everyone missed by  it to cross the line.

“It was a strange game as we started well enough but went behind following some poor defending decisions, but then showed very good character to go on and win the game after being 2-0 and 3-1 down.” 

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