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The performances are outstanding

Under 23s Coach Scott Sellers hails his side's recent preformances after their fourth consecutive victory on Monday evening.

Wolves ran out 1-0 winners over local rivals West Bromwich Albion in a PL2 clash at Aggborough on Monday night, a result that followed on from wins over Norwich City, Rugby Town and Sunderland all in a ten-day period.

 

Sellars with the attitude of his players as they maintained their strong run of form. He said: “I thought we dominated the game for the whole game and that’s testament to the quality and the attitude of the players.

 

“They go out, they play and they dominate games. I feel like I could just play a tape recording after every game at the moment, they’re that consistent.

 

“They’ve got some really good individual players and collectively they’re very good.

 

“It’s really enjoyable to work with every day and reap the rewards when the matches come.

 

“It was the main starting 11 from the regular Under 23s’ group and Prince dropped in from the first team.

 

“We also borrowed a goalkeeper from Man City, Kjetil Haug, after losing Harry to the first team.

 

“Preparation can be difficult because the lads are moving round but, again, we got together on Saturday and Sunday."

 

The Under 23 side are now battling at the top of the PL2 Division 2 table, are well positioned in the PL Cup, are in Round Three of the Checkatrade Trophy and are through to the quarter finals of the Birmingham Senior Cup.

 

“I think that, ultimately, as footballers you’re competitive, explained Sellars before adding: “At the moment we’re second top in the league, we’ve qualified for the next round of the Checkatrade, we’re still in the Birmingham Senior Cup and we’re still in the Premier League Cup as well.

 

“We’re competing on all levels and that’s what I want from them.

 

“I can talk about being competitive but it comes from them. They’re the ones that go out and have that edge.

 

“I know what they’re like as people. They’re a competitive animal and they want to win."

 

Prior to Monday's PL2 win over the Baggies, Wolves ran out 3-0 winners over Rugby Town in the Birmingham Senior Cup with an entirely different starting XI.

 

“We changed the whole team and gave some of the lads that played against Norwich more minutes. They needed that," explained the Coach

 

“And we also brought some players up for development from the 18s as well.

 

“It was an opportunity to see some younger players develop and see how they get on against an older team. Playing against men is always a concern with how they will cope physically.

 

“With the work that’s done throughout the Academy in all the age groups, there’s a very consistent way of playing so, when the boys come up, they know what to do and how to play.

 

“Nothing really changes. We didn’t have much time between games to go over set pieces or preparation. You know how to play, just go out there, enjoy it and express yourself.

 

“Over the 90 minutes I thought that we dominated the game.

 

“I thought in the first half we were good without being too penetrating. We were a bit passive in the last third.

 

“Second half we were a bit more aggressive in all aspects of our football and we got three good goals off that really and deserved to win.

 

“It shows the quality in depth and the understanding that all the lads have got."

 

As a result of injuries to Carl Ikeme and Andy Lonergan Under 23s' 'keeper, Harry Burgoyne, was called upon to step in for the first team for their games against Fulham and Cardiff City.

 

Sellars acknowledged the young stopper's talent and hopes that the move will be a catalyst for other players to make the step-up.

 

He said: “One thing with development football is that you don’t know how good they are until they go in.

 

“Through circumstance, Harry gets an opportunity and people think he’s good, but we’ve seen it over the years coming through.

 

“I’m hoping that, if this lot keep doing what they’re doing, then Paul Lambert will involve more and more of them with the first team.

 

“There are a lot of lads at the moment who are putting themselves across very positively in Paul’s eye.

 

“Hopefully one or two more of them might get an opportunity as well because they do deserve it.

 

“Their performances at the moment are outstanding. Sometimes they’re playing with or against first team players and they don’t look out of place at all."