Under 23s continue momentum with fifth straight win
Under-23s coach Darren Ryan enjoyed the experience of taking the team in Monday’s dramatic seven-goal thriller against Fulham, in which Wolves ran out 4-3 winners.
Ryan and Seyi Olofinjana, already both involved in coaching with the Under-23 set-up, are currently taking the team with Scott Sellars working alongside Rob Edwards in a temporary capacity with the first team squad.
It was a fairly lively first game in charge at AFC Telford’s New Bucks Head, Wolves taking a 3-0 lead only to be pegged back to 3-3 before Bright Enobakhare’s deflected winner.
“This has been a good opportunity for us to take the team,” says Ryan.
“Seyi and the staff have all been great and the lads have carried on with the good work they were putting in under Scott.
“We said to them – nothing has changed – we have all had pre-season together and it is about carrying it all on with the same work ethic and togetherness.
“We kept everything the same and it showed on the pitch.
“It is five wins in a row for the lads now and this has been a good learning experience for myself and Seyi.”
Enobakhare, Will Randall and Sylvain Deslandes had put Wolves in control with first half goals, only for Fulham to mount their comeback in the classic ‘game of two halves’.
“It was a great first half being 3-0 up but then Fulham came back strongly and that can happen in football,” added the coach.
“We had started the second half really well but then conceded a goal and we spoke after the match about how it is important to react in the right way after losing a goal.
“Unfortunately we lost our way for ten to 15 minutes, and invited pressure onto us, and just needed to be a bit better organised.
“You concede one, then another, lose a little bit of momentum and shape and all of a sudden it is level.
“Fair play to the lads, they showed good character to come straight back after the equaliser to make it 4-3 and from there I thought we managed the game really well.
“The way we attacked in the game was a big positive.
“With our forward players we are always going to create chances.
“The workrate and the attitude of the players was excellent as it has been all season.
“Now we just want to keep the momentum going.
“We had a good start to the season and it has carried on, and that is down to the players.
“Their togetherness, their attitude, their application and the intensity of their play has been fantastic.”
Wolves are currently second in Premier League 2, with 19 points from nine games, two points behind leaders Swansea.
Next up though is the final group fixture in the Checkatrade Trophy, with Accrington Stanley the visitors to Molineux on Tuesday night (7.45pm).
Victory would guarantee Wolves a place in the knockout stages of the competition.
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