Samuels | On scoring a brace, beating Newcastle and play-off aims

Austin Samuels admits he was relieved to finally get back on the scoresheet for Wolves under-23s as his side ran riot over Newcastle United to give their promotion push a boost with a 4-0 win.

The 20-year-old scored either side of the half-time break to put Wolves two goals up against the Magpies, and was heavily involved in creating the fourth, but the striker knows that his team still has work to do if they are to maintain their place in the Premier League 2 Division 2 play-off places with just four matches of the season remaining.

On beating Newcastle by four

“We played really well. I think we controlled the game easily, but we got a bit complacent sometimes – towards the end of the first-half and a bit in the second-half as well. But as a whole, we controlled the game and it was a comfortable win.

“We needed to definitely be better defensively, had better transitions as well, and I think we worked better on that today.

“Now we need to gain some momentum going into the last few games, to make sure we make the play-offs.”

On scoring a brace

“I work on my finishing nearly every day in training, we do a lot as a team as well, a lot of finishing drills, so it’s good to finally get some goals.

“There was a lot of relief. There was relief on my face after it went in, and you could see the passion on my face after I scored, I felt so good for the ball to finally hit the net.

“Sometimes you forget what it feels like for the ball to hit the net and you get nervous in those situations when you get in front of goal. But once it goes in, the confidence builds and builds on that.”

On a clever worked second goal

“At half-time, they said to be a bit more spontaneous with the corners. That wasn’t something that we worked on. We just have players who can so stuff like that anyway.

“It was just a ball into the box and I was lucky to get on the end of it; just anticipating it.”

On aims for the final four matches

“I need to make sure I’m doing a good job for the team, including goals and my all-round play as well, so I just need to try and do my best for the team to help us get to the play-offs and then try to win the play-offs as well.

“We just need to win games and play well. If we play well, we will win games because we’ve got a good team, so I’m confident on that.”