The Wolves under 18s suffered a 5-0 reversal when they met Everton on Merseyside at the weekend.
But that scoreline looked highly unlikely given the first half showing by the Molineux youngsters with the woodwork twice coming to Everton’s rescue.
But, as coach Mick Halsall explains, it was an entirely different story after the break. He said: “Things actually started off quite well and we created some decent chances.
“After around ten minutes Ibrahim Keita won the ball on the angle of the 18-yard box and shot across goal. Unfortunately, their keeper made a good save pushing the ball onto the post and collecting it when it rolled back along the line and into his hands.
“We had further opportunities with Dylan Stringer Moth going through one on one against the keeper but then hitting the ball straight at him, and shortly after this Peter Smith collected a loose ball just inside the area and he should have hit the target but put it wide. Then Keita worked hard again on his closing down and he was unlucky as he hit the bar with a shot on the turn.
“This was all within the first 30 minutes of the first half after which Everton started to get into the game more as a threat, although they had controlled the game with regards to possession. They pinned us in for the last five minutes of the half and could have scored themselves. But I felt that we defended really well at keeping them out.
“So the half-time team talk was about remaining focused and recognising their threat not allowing them to play through us. However, the players didn’t respond and they conceded three poor goals within the first nine minutes and another two later in the game.
“From the goals we gave away I have to take the view that the players could not take on board the information I gave them at half time as they did not implement it. This concerns me as it tells me their understanding of when to press or delay is not in place.
“So it is from this that we go into the weekly work and try to address what they failed achieve in the second half.”