Paul Clements has reflected on the under 18s opening to the current campaign with Saturday’s draw against Stoke City taking the Molineux youngsters’ points tally to 16 in a run that has seen five wins from eight games.
The goalkeeping coach reckons that Wolves had enough opportunities to register a sixth triump after coming from behind against The Potters but spurned chances meant that the spoils were shared.
He said: “A break in the fixtures the previous week gave us coaches time to reflect on what has been a fairly decent start to the season for the under 18s and also to get the views individually and collectively about the challenges we may face as a team leading up to Christmas.
“We spoke about how teams may set up when playing us in light of our decent start, and highlighted the goals we had conceded and if they could have been prevented. So although we like to get into a run of games, we felt that the blank Saturday was been used to good effect.
“In the game last weekend, I felt that the first half provided us with a mental challenge with Stoke making it difficult for the game difficult to flow. They took the lead in the 13th minute having countered off some sloppy play from ourselves.
“But, despite that setback, credit to the lads for showing a determination not to let the early goal turn into second and they created a number of first half chances before we equalised just before the break.
“Tom Hill, playing in midfield in place of the injured Dan Murray, found Peter Smith (pictured) who lost his marker and hit a low right footed shot across the keeper.
“In the second half we felt that the game was ours to win as we limited Stoke to one chance that didn’t really threaten Scott Dutton’s goal.
“But we had a number of opportunities including one where a great save by the Stoke city keeper, as he dived to his left, denied Dylan Moth who had been played in by Ibraham Keita.
“Next Saturday will see another stiff test as we take on Fulham, last season’s Premier League Under 18s champions, at Compton Park.”