Walker | 'We had some good moments'

Richard Walker has commended his side for going toe-to-toe with U18 Premier League champions Manchester United, but would like his players to show more belief in their ability.

Wolves ran their opponents close on Tuesday afternoon at Compton Park, however a Gabe Biancheri brace secured the title for United despite Conor McLeod’s leveller in the first half.

On running Man Utd close

“They’ve gone toe-to-toe with the team that have won the league at a canter for sure, so there’s positives to take. 

“Overall, there was a little bit of a hangover from Thursday evening - it’s took a lot out of the boys emotionally. 

“There was still some good bits of play, I just thought our decision making when we got to the final third was lacking. 

“I felt we had some good moments but the back door was never firmly shut which always gave them that hope they could get something.” 

On the equaliser

“It was really good play, originally from a goal-kick. We switched it well and were brave to play through. 

“We got good bodies in the box, I thought Conor held his run well for the cutback and then a really good finish. 

“It gets you to 1-1, you’re more than delighted and you’re thinking here we go, can we get some confidence in the game. 

“It did feel like when we strung some passes together we got up to their box fairly well. 

“However, we conceded a really poor goal very quickly after we equalised which again changes the whole context of the game and makes it a challenge from there.”

On what being disappointed shows about the group

“The lads have gone toe-to-toe with all the big boys this season, whether we have won, drawn or lost so that’s a credit. 

“ I think, and I was just being honest with the boys in there, I think they can have more belief to take the ball and make sure they are more decisive on that final pass. 

“Also on the press, when we do it anywhere near what we can we keep getting the ball back, but the conviction to that can be even better. So, pleased in terms of us going toe-to-toe, but with a bit more belief we could have come away with a win today or least a draw.”