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Black Cats Hit Back


14:25 14th January 2013

Heavy defeat for under 18s.

The Wolves under 18s made a disappointing start to their first fixture in of the second phase of the season when they went down 4-1 at home to Sunderland.

Dominic Dell gave Wanderers an interval advantage but, as coach Mick Halsall explains, it all went wrong in the second half.

He said: “This was our first game back after the break in fixtures and we were all looking forward to hopefully improving upon the performances and results from the first half of the season. 

“The game itself started brightly with both sides showing good intent from the beginning. We looked vulnerable to the counter as Sunderland got behind the ball well and looked to hit us on the break. 

“This, however, also allowed us to retain the ball and build up play which we did to good effect at times by getting some crosses in and creating shots at goal. 

“Although we managed to go in front through Dominic Dell, who finished well from just inside the eighteen yard box after a brief scramble, in truth the opposition had created some very good chances and could have been in front themselves. 

“Going in at half time 1-0 up was pleasing but fortunate so it was emphasised to the players about being better in the second half in their defending.

“But this did not happen as Sunderland started the second half much sharper than us levelling the score through a dubious penalty although they deserved to be level having created several other chances before that. 

“We then made a couple of changes due to players being held back for the reserves game at Spurs, and within a couple of minutes of us doing so we found ourselves 2-1 down. 

“We could not get a grip in the game and they went further ahead after we did not defend a set play well enough. We then came into the game by getting on the ball and retaining it a little better but it was too late. 

“When we did get some balls into the box there was no end product and we conceded again late into the game through more poor defending making the score line very depressing reading for all of us.”

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