Darren Ryan called for his Under 18s to ‘cut out the mistakes’ as they prepare to face Everton on Tuesday in the Under 18s Premier League at the Everton training ground (1pm).
Wolves’ last run out saw Ryan’s side lose 2-1 away at Liverpool, a game which the Under 18s head coach was disappointed to have lost.
Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s clash, Ryan admitted that the goals that his side conceded against Liverpool were preventable.
If you look back at all the goals we’ve conceded, they can be stopped really it’s just about having a little bit more desire to want to defend as a team and a little bit better decision making,” Ryan said.
“There’s been too many mistakes with the goals we’ve conceded this season and it hasn’t been good enough from that perspective.
“We were disappointed with the goals against Liverpool. Again, we dominated in terms of possession, I know stats don’t count for anything if you lose the game but it was a game where we went up to Liverpool and dominated the ball.
“We conceded two goals which were disappointing really and that’s been the story of the season.
He said, “the goals we’ve conceded have been really disappointing - we’ve tried to rectify that in training, we’ve tried to work on it as well but sometimes individual errors and individual mistakes has cost is this season and that was the case in the Liverpool game.
“For all the possession we had, we didn’t really have that cutting edge in the final third and we didn’t really create too many chances until the last 15 minutes where we scored but it was too little too late.
“Everyone is going to make mistakes but if they’re happening on a consistent basis then we’ve got to start reviewing it, and we have reviewed it and they keep happening.
“We have tried to work on certain aspects of it. As well as the defending side of things, we have been creating numerous chances and we’ve not been taking them, so on the flip side I’ve been disappointed that we haven’t been taking our chances and that puts pressure on the defence.
“Every mistake that they make is getting punished at the moment.
“Some of the performances have been good, we’ve been pleased with the performances, it’s just the results that haven’t come when we’ve probably deserved to come away with something from the games.”
As Wolves turn their attentions look towards Tuesday’s game against Everton, Ryan has challenge his players to match their opposition’s work rate for them to have a chance of coming away with a win.
Ryan expects a tough game against a well-organised Everton side but he is confident that his side can get return back to Wolverhampton with all three points.
"We go into every game thinking that we’re going to win - the lads want to win the game as much as we do but we’ve got to cut out the individual errors, the mistakes as a team, and once we get the opportunities in the last third, we’ve got to take them,” said Ryan.
“I’m not just putting emphasis on the back four, it’s as a team - we have to take our opportunities when we do get them because at the moment we’re not and then we’re getting punished for that.
“They’re very hard working, you know what you’re going to get when you go to Everton,” he continued, “it’s the first time we’ve played them this season and they’re quite a physical team and quite direct.
"They’ll have some good players, they always do - they’re a very well organised, they’re going to be hard working and we’ve got to match that hard work.
“We’ve got to take in the recent performances especially with the ball, have better quality in the final third and cut out the mistakes which have been costing us at the moment.”