Despite scoring a hat-trick on Wearside at the weekend, David Moli finished on the losing side as the Wolves under 18s crashed to a 5-3 defeat at Sunderland.
The Congolese striker has missed he majority of the campaign after suffering from a torn muscle between the bones in his shin.
But despite his efforts on Saturday, a poor team performance resulted in a second defeat of the year with the first also against Sunderland who won 4-1 at Compton Park in January.
A disappointed Mick Halsall said: “After three good wins and a draw in their previous games, the players’ display was very poor on Saturday with all the side performing below par.
“We started slowly and although Sunderland did not really look a threat we still conceded a poor goal after some shoddy defending. This was after twenty minutes just as I thought we had worked our way in to the game and could go on to score some goals.
“We did respond after conceding though, and drew level through David Moli only to fall behind again just before half time after another display of poor defending.
“The second half was very slow to get going and Sunderland then went 3-1 up which left us with a mountain to climb.
“I adjusted a few things with a couple of substitutions, one at half time and then one immediately after their third goal, and it seemed to ignite us as we scored two quick goals to draw level at three each with both goals coming from Moli.
“We should then have scored to make it 4-3 to us but Moli missed a great chance and Sunderland immediately went down the other end to score again.
“After such a slow start to the half, the game had become an end to end affair and after missing another good opportunity we conceded again and found ourselves 5-3 down.
“We still had chances to score more goals but the big factor was about players not knowing when to get tight and close down or when to stay compact and play in shape.
“The players do not realise they must play one v one at times and be good enough to do so. But most of the time on Saturday they did not want to do this and as a result of that they could not cope.”