Steve Davis was pleased with the character his young Wolves displayed in their FA Youth Cup fourth round win over Crystal Palace at Molineux.
The head coach felt his under-18 team could have extended their first-half advantage having gone in 1-0 up at half-time, despite dominating much of the opening period and forcing Palace keeper Jacob Russell into several saves.
After Palace equalised midway through the second-half, Davis was happy with how his players were able to respond almost instantly before seeing the game through and setting up a fifth round tie away at Chelsea.
On overcoming Palace at Molineux
“I thought we played well, especially in the first-half, we didn’t play as well in the second-half, but they made some substitutions which changed the way they played.
“But in the first-half, we did enough to be leading by two or three, but that wasn’t the case as we went in just 1-0 up, that scoreline always makes second-half goals very important. They got their goal, but we responded really well after that.
“It was a really good goal by Theo [Corbeanu], you can’t take anything away from that as he found the lower corner of the goal, and past the goalkeeper who made numerous saves. We created a lot, and we’ll look at how we can be better in the final third, as we got into that area quite a lot, but just needed that final bit of quality.
“It was a good test. I’d watched Palace in their game against QPR and they dominated that game, so I knew it was going to be tough, and that’s how it proved. However, we’re just pleased to have won the game in the end.”
On fighting back to take the win
“That’s what you’re looking for, you’re looking for personalities on the pitch and with so much possession that we had, it was important we kept that concentration, particularly that structure at the back so we didn’t get done on counter-attacks.
“But it’s important in games that you are able to bounce back and go again when things go against you, and when they equalised, you’re thinking ‘let’s go again’, and they did that and responded very well.”
On team build-up for goal
“There was good combination around the box, and we do a lot on the training ground, and if they can bring it to the games that’s a big bonus.
“I’ve seen that type of goal many time on the training ground, but it’s not always easy to put it in to the matches, but they did that and it was a great well-worked goal, great finish, placed into the corner, and it’s not always easy to make that kind of finish.
“After the second goal it was about managing the game.”
On FA Youth Cup aims
“We’re just taking it a game at a time. We’ve got through Forest and now Palace, so it’s Chelsea away now, which is one of the better academies, one of the better teams left in this competition.
“It’s going to be a really tough time down there but we’ve had a couple of good results, we played them earlier this season in the Premier League Cup and just lost in the last-minute 3-2, so we’ll take that confidence into the game and hopefully we can come back with a good result.”