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Ryan Looking For Repeat Stoke Result

Darren Ryan hopes his Wolves Under-18s side can take inspiration from their Premier League Cup victory over Stoke City earlier this season when they meet the Potters this weekend.

The Wolves youngsters’ last victory came against Stoke in September and a repeat result will add to the positives taken from last weekend’s dramatic 5-5 draw with Derby County.

Ryan believes his side will have a psychological boost ahead of their first home game in a month, with the 1-0 Stoke success still fresh in their minds.

“The players know about Stoke, they know their strengths and weaknesses,” he explained. “We can take things to work on from the previous game and the lads are looking forward to the challenge.

“It’s another difficult game. It was tight when we won 1-0 last time. We’re looking forward to the challenge, they try to play out but can go direct to the big centre forward.”

Ryan endured a roller coaster of emotion when his side shared 10 goals with Derby last weekend and has this week paid special attention to defending in training.

“We’ve obviously focused on defending after conceding five.  I was disappointed with the goals we conceded, from individual errors and decision making.

“However, there were positives to take from the game in possession. We’ve emphasized a lot on stuff without the ball and defending in training, so hopefully we’ll be OK for Saturday.”

From an attacking point of view Ryan was delighted, as his side found the back of the net five times, and he’s looking for a similar level of ruthlessness this weekend.

“We’re always a threat the way we attack, with the pace and the way we switch the play. I thought our build-up play was very good after the first 20 minutes on Saturday.

“We’ll look to take that into this weekend and it’s nice to have a home game, we’re looking forward to a busy period up until Christmas,” he added.