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Ryan On Growing Confidence

Darren Ryan is looking for his under-18s side to sign off for a two-week break with a fourth win in as many matches against Middlesbrough on Saturday.

The youngsters travel north on the back of an impressive run in both league and cup action, after last week’s Premier League Cup win over Stoke City.

With fixture rearrangements and the international break on the horizon, Ryan wants his side to carry their momentum up to Middlesbrough this weekend.

“The lads are going into games full of confidence at the moment,” he said. “Winning games installs confidence and it’s showing, now we’ve got to maintain standards.

“Last week I thought we played some really good football. We’ve revisited things in training and are consistently seeing improvements on a Saturday which is pleasing."

Ryan’s men beat Blackburn Rovers and Sunderland before the Stoke cup win, but the manager believes keeping feet on the ground isn’t an issue with his squad.

“They’re all naturally level-headed, we’ve got a good team spirit here and everyone is working hard for each other.

“They’re willing to work extra for their team mates and that runs right through the squad. There’s a great work ethic and that shows in games.”

The Stoke victory was made all the better considering Wolves' late injuries, which saw Aaron Crabtree and Terry Taylor drafted into the starting eleven, but both performed admirably in the victory.

“Last week Aaron came in and did really well at the back against a physical team. Also Terry was thrown in last minute and was great.

“It shows the strength in depth we have in the squad, neither of them had played the previous games but slotted perfectly into the way we play. It’s credit to them and the whole squad,” he added.