Ashley-Seal seeking improvements despite brace

Although delighted to score his sixth goal in just his last four matches, Benny Ashley-Seal felt there are improvements to be made as Wolves under-23s overcame Derby County in the opening Premier League Cup fixture of the season.

The striker has been in fine form in recent weeks, after netting a hat-trick in the Trophy against Carlisle United, the 20-year-old has followed that up with goals in Premier League 2 and now the PL Cup, to give his side a 2-1 victory over a Rams side who knocked Wolves out of the competition at the last 16 stage in 2018/19.

On PL Cup win against Derby

“It was a good game. Obviously, Derby played a few first-team players, so they were good competition and posed us something that was a bit different to a normal Premier League 2 game.

“Playing at their stadium was really good as well, but I felt that as a team we could’ve played better, myself personally as well.

“There were things we need to improve on. As a team, I think technically, keeping the ball, we could have passed it around better and be a bit more composed when we’re on the ball, but we got the win and that was the main thing.”

On scoring six in four games

“I feel good in front of goal at the moment. I’m just getting back into it really, trying to continue where I left off last season and aim to be better than I was last season.

“It was a slow start to the season for me, but I think getting my first goal has really helped. As a striker, when you don’t score it’s not the best feeling and even if the teams wins, you’re not happy with your own performance.

“For me, once I get my first goal I feel like I just can’t stop scoring and it all comes back to me naturally. It’s just about getting back into it now and hopefully I can carry it on.”

On the variety of competition

“This season has been the best fixture programme I have had throughout my career. Each game brings something different, whether that’s PL2 matches, PL Cup matches or Trophy matches – each team is different, bring different things and pose different challenges and tests.

“When you’re young, playing against ‘men’ is the main thing because that’s what we’re playing for. We’re all looking ahead to being a senior player, whether that’s here at Wolves or with another club, so it’s good that we’re getting this experience.

“We’ve also got PSG coming up soon in the Premier League International Cup at Molineux, which will be a great test, so it’s just all different experiences and you can’t complain as an under-23 player this season.”

On targets for the season

“My aim for the rest of the year is just to help the team by scoring as many goals as I can. Whatever happens will happen.

“I just need to keep learning and developing and will take every day as it comes.”