Under 18s Face Blackburn

Darren Ryan says that after the disappointment of losing to Manchester City last weekend, he is hoping that his side have learnt from their mistakes as he takes his Under 18s side to Blackburn Rovers on Saturday (12pm).

The Under 18s lost 4-1 away at Manchester City last weekend after Austin Samuels has put Wolves into the lead.


On review, Ryan admitted that the goals that his side conceded were disappointing and his players will be looking to put last week’s defeat behind them as they focus on the game against Blackburn.


“There are positives to take from the defeat. We got the early goal and I thought for 35 minutes, we coped with there attacking play” Ryan said.


“We then conceded two goals late in the first half from set-plays which was disappointing.


“We started the second half well and created a couple of opportunities - then they got the third but credit to the players they kept working hard and kept creating good opportunities in the throughout the game.


“The lads put in a tremendous amount of effort throughout the game but with the quality they have got in there team they always looked dangerous resulting in them getting there fourth goal.


“We’ve reviewed it this week, we felt that we should have done better with the goals we conceded.


“We kept our shape well at times but when regaining possession we needed to be better with our decision-making or quality of pass.


“We were positive after the game - we reviewed it and we are disappointed with the goals but we did cause them problems at times.


“It’s just about having that little bit more belief and a little bit more quality when we have the ball. The players are showing they are learning each week in training which will improve there development throughout the season


“The lads have worked hard this week - we’ve looked at Blackburn’s game last week against Liverpool and we know what we’re expecting.


“It’s always a difficult game against Blackburn, a different challenge to last week but one we are looking forward to, they're a hard-working team with quality in it as well.


“The lads have been great with their effort, commitment and work-rate throughout pre-season and the start of the season and we’re confident of a good performance.


The Under 18s Head Coach was full of praise for last week's goal scorer Austin Samuels.


The 16-year-old has started both of Wolves’ games so far this season and Ryan believes he gives the team confidence that they will score goals.


“I’ve worked with Austin (Samuels) through the age groups and I know what he’s all about - he will score you goals.


“Austin’s done really well for us so far this season - he’s a natural finisher, when you get him in a goal scoring position, I do feel that he’s going to score.


Meanwhile, Terry Taylor and Taylor Perry have returned from International duty and both are available for selection for the trip to Blackburn.


Terry Taylor featured for Scotland U17s while Taylor Perry scored in England U17’s 2-1 defeat to Italy.