Learning From Mistakes

By Nathan Bliss

Dan McKenna says that the Under 18s have learnt from their mistakes in previous games as they turn their attentions to Arsenal in the Premier League Cup on Saturday.


Darren Ryan’s Under 18s didn’t have a compeititve fixture last week, however they did beat Leicester City 3-1 in a friendly at AFC Quorn.


McKenna, who is the vice captain of the Under 18s, says that Wolves are determined to give a good account of themselves.


He said, “This week’s been good in training, the intensity’s been there, we’re going to go there and put in a good performance.


“It’s going to be another tough game, like against United, we’ve learned from that game, but everyone is looking forward to it.


“These are the teams you want to play against, the big teams, so I’m looking to going out and playing them.


“I think we’re going to go out and focus on ourselves.


“This year we’re starting to play a little bit more, so I think the lads are getting comfortable on the ball, hopefully we can hurt them.”


After securing a 2-2 draw with Newcastle last time out, McKenna was glad to see his side bounce back after their defeat against Manchester United.


The 17-year-old midfielder revealed that the squad worked hard during the week to make sure they got a result.


“We showed that we learnt throughout the week and put that into practice on the Saturday,” he continued.


“It was important for the players to go out and prove that we’ve learnt and show that (last week’s result) won’t happen again.


“The weather played a big part, we had good spells in the first-half and the second-half, and even against the wind we could have nicked it.


“Enzo (Sauvage) came on and I think his first touch was a chance, he’s hit the crossbar and its come back out to Callum (Thompson) and it’s gone over, I thought at the end we had momentum but it just wasn’t to be.”


McKenna was also full of praise for fellow Wolves academy player Morgan Gibbs-White who won the U17 World Cup for England last weekend.


McKenna says he’s proud of Morgan’s achievements and hopes the talented youngster can impress further.


He said: “Brilliant, it’s a very good achievement for him and all the other lads to win the World Cup.


“It’s something that you dream of, to go out and score as well is brilliant.


“It gives everyone at the club a boost, hopefully he can go and kick on now.”


Wolves Under-18s play Arsenal Under-18s in the U18 Premier League Cup on Saturday (12pm).