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Kids Hold Chelsea


11:58 12th February 2014

Top team performance.

The Academy Under 18s took a point from their midweek trip to London as they held Chelsea to a goalless draw.

It was a back to the walls performance from the Molineux youngsters but one they performed admirably as coach Paul Clements explains.

He said: “This game was always going to be a tough one and it was played on a heavy pitch. As we expected, Chelsea enjoyed plenty of possession.

“But we had a clear game plan in working from a solid base and the lads set about the task well in the early part of the game. 

“We had to make an early change when Ben Priest had to come off after suffering a groin strain with Aaron Hayden coming on to face his former club.

“We went in at the break without Chelsea having a clear opportunity which was pleasing and the half time team talk was on how we needed to be even more disciplined in the second period and also to look at hitting Chelsea on the break. 

“In the second half our goal was only threatened once when in a packed box Ashley Carter (pictured) and Scott Dutton were able to block shots on the line. 

“It’s really hard to single a Man of the Match performance out as all the players and the subs dug in for what was a real team performance. 

“This shows that we can set the team up in a certain way for certain games and again is all about the development and experience of the player. 

“We now hope to build on this next week with a north east double against Middlesbrough and then Sunderland.”

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