By Nathan Bliss
Wolves Under-18s manager Darren Ryan hopes that his young side can pick up where they left off last time out, as they face Middlesbrough Under-18s on Friday.
A very young Wolves team beat Blackburn Rovers 2-1 in their last fixture, and Ryan hopes that they can maintain the same standard of performance.
“I was really pleased with them, especially the younger players,” said Ryan.
“I think as staff we knew they could cope with it and they showed they could.
“Some of the football we played throughout the game was good, the pleasing thing for me was how hard they worked without the ball.
“We’ve been pleased with the performances we just haven’t got the results, now the result came on Saturday and now we need to maintain that.
“We need to follow up that good performance and a good win against Blackburn with another good performance against Middlesbrough.
Ryan believes the game against Middlesbrough will be a stern test for his team, as his side will include a lot of youngsters once again.
“It will be a difficult game, a lot of their players are similar to what they started with, where we will be again a young team.
“They’re showing us for next season that they are ready and capable of playing in the Under-18s.
Ryan was especially pleased with how his younger players, particularly Under-14 Dylan Scicluna, performed on Saturday after three players made their debut at this level against Blackburn.
“I spoke to him after the game, I said to him that if didn’t think I could trust you to go on, I wouldn’t have brought you on.
“It wasn’t to make a statement, it’s because he’s good enough and we feel he’s good enough.
“I’ve known him from an early age and I knew he could cope with it.
“We’re really looking forward to the group that we’re going to have next year.
“It’s great that we’re getting the opportunity before the end of this season, to go into next season, it will benefit them.”
Wolves Under-18’s play Middlesbrough Under-18’s in the U18 PL on Friday 30th March at Compton Training Ground - kick off is 11am.