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Reflection Key After United Defeat, Says Ryan

Darren Ryan admits his Under-18s side were not at the races on Saturday and has now set about recovering from their heavy 6-1 defeat to Manchester United.

The youngsters found themselves 5-0 down at the break and, although the second period was much improved, the damage was already done.

It became the only blot on the copybook of what has been a promising start to the season for Wolves so Ryan isn’t getting too downhearted.

“It’s the first time I could say we weren’t really at it from the word go,” said Ryan. “It’s the most disappointing result I’ve had since I’ve been head coach but it’s about reflecting.

“We lacked intensity in the game and a quality when we got the ball, and that wasn’t just one or two players, it was a collective.

“As staff, we have got to reflect on what we did throughout the week and the information we gave, but also the players have to take responsibility.”

At half-time Ryan opted against making wholesale changes, instead giving his players a chance to rectify their problem, and Austin Samuels’ strike at least got them on the score sheet.

“We spoke about making changes but instead we gave them information at half-time and tried to let them solve the problem.

“We’re here to develop them but also make them decision makers and at times I think the decision making, both in and out of possession, wasn’t good enough.

“It was much better in the second-half but sometimes the opposition take their foot off the pedal when they’re 5-0 up.”

Now a hard week on the training pitch is ahead for the Under-18s, who will attempt to get back on track against Newcastle United next weekend.

“It’s down to their learning. We did an analysis session with them on Monday and it’s good to feed back, and we’ve all picked out things, but it’s down to them reacting this week.

“We’re confident we’ll have a reaction and we saw it on Monday, but we have to maintain it throughout the week,” he added.