After the disappointment of the previous week’s defeat at Reading, the Academy under 18s bounced back to record a 1-0 victory over Sunderland.
Yet the youngsters didn’t have the most ideal preparation for the game as coach Sean Parrish explains.
“It’s a long haul up to the north east from Wolverhampton anyway and the problem was exacerbated when he were held up in a traffic jam,” said Paul.
“It meant that we didn’t get much time to get focussed when we arrived and consequently it wasn’t really surprising that we started the game slowly.
“For the majority of the first half it was a question of keeping Sunderland at bay. They moved the ball quite smartly but our back four played really well restricting them to a few half chances.
“But we made a much brighter start after the break and took the lead in the 51st minute when Ibrahim Keita won possession and curled a great shot past the keeper (pictured).
“Sunderland still enjoyed the majority of the possession as the game progressed but they rarely threatened apart from a long-range effort from Dan Pybus which was brilliantly saved by Scott Dutton.
“In the end I felt we were worthy of the three points.”