Ryan Keen For Cup Run

Darren Ryan is keen to see his Wolves Under-18s side fighting on a number of fronts as they prepare to take on Arsenal in the Premier League Cup.

The youngsters take a break from league action for their trip to the capital, looking to build on the victory over Stoke City in their first group game in September.

Having gone two weeks without competitive football, Ryan’s men are ready for action and have their full focus on the cup.

“We want to be in the cup competitions after Christmas,” he explained. “It’s an opportunity to play teams from different divisions.

“We have our philosophy here and we’ve watched Arsenal, we’ve looked at things we need to work on both in and out of possession, focussing on Arsenal.

“We started the Premier League Cup with a win against Stoke and Saturday is going to be a difficult game, we know that, but we’re looking forward to the challenge.”

Ryan made use of the free week last weekend to play Leicester City in a friendly, which saw the timely return of Taylor Perry.

“It was a good, competitive game and I was pleased with the lads. It was good to have Taylor Perry back, he’s been out injured for quite a while, it was a good work-out but obviously the focus is now Arsenal.”

After a draw with Newcastle United last time out, Ryan has now called for his side to gain a consistent streak, starting in London this weekend.

“I’ve been pleased with the lads, I think their work-rate, commitment and effort in games has been good, it’s just spells in games where we need to remain focussed.

“It’s massive for their development that they bounce back. We had the set-back against Man United, the lads worked extremely hard in training and took it into the game against Newcastle.

“Now we’re going to a great environment down at Arsenal, it’s going to be difficult but we’re looking forward to it,” he added.