Scott Sellars says that his side produced an ‘organised’ performance which saw Wolves Under 23s bounce back from last weeks 5-1 defeat to Blackburn, by convincingly beating Southampton 3-0 at AFC Telford’s New Bucks Head.
The Under 23’s boss admitted that he wasn't happy with the performance of his side on the opening day of the Premier League 2 season but he chose to go with the same team, giving them a chance to redeem themselves.
Sellars thought that his side began the game with some nerves and he says that the first goal was vital in his team getting a foothold in the game.
He began, “From last week, we spoke to the boys and agreed that we all have a bad day at the office which we felt that last week was - we picked the same team to give those lads an opportunity to prove that last week was one of those nights where we started poorly and never recovered.
“That was the first challenge - I thought we looked a bit nervous for the first 15 or 20 minutes, we kept it tight and made sure that we didn't give a goal away.
“After that, we really began to grow into the game and started to dominate the game.
“The first goal was certainly important for us and then in the second half I thought we were excellent.
“As professional footballers we know we aren't going to win every game.
“With this group especially in the time that I've been at the club, we’ve not had results like the one at Blackburn last week.
“After that game I wasn't very happy but I said to them that it was a blip and the only was that I can trust them that it was a blip was by picking the same team and giving them a chance to prove that it was.
“We knew it was going to be a tough game - we watched them on the opening day and we were impressed with them, they've got some good players.
“If we didn't stick at our job, especially in the first 10 minutes where their movement was really good, they could have caused us some problems.
“I thought we worked it out a little bit and the important thing is that we got the performance and the result.”
Goals from Donvan Wilson and Sherwin Seedorf as well as a superb free-kick from Dan Armstrong saw the Under 23s clinch all three points in their first game of the season.
Talking about Armstrong's goal, he confirmed that it is something that they had worked on in training - he says he is pleased for the right winger after scoring a number of goals in pre-season.
“We did a bit of work on Sunday where Dan (Armstrong) put some manakins down and was practicing free-kicks - obviously I was teaching him how to do it!
“He’s got great quality on his set-pieces. He’s scored the free-kick and made an assist for the second goal as well.
“It was a great technique to score the first goal and he's scored a lot of goals in pre-season and we’re really pleased for him.
“The one thing that we have been over the past couple of years is organised.
“We’ve got a way of playing - we lost our way a little bit last week.
“Against Southampton, I could see the organisation and the intensity that we talk about when we haven't got the ball.
“We were really good without the ball and that’s something that we pride ourselves on.
“I saw that today and obviously the third goal comes from being organised, being compact and being difficult to play through.
“We nicked the ball and then Sherwin (Seedorf), as he generally does, scores a goal with a great bit of quality and a great finish.”
The Under 23’s next fixture is a local derby against West From at Molineux on Monday (7pm).
Sellars says his players will be relishing the fixture and he believes that his side are now full of confidence following Monday’s win.
“They’re never easy - we’ve beaten them in the last two games, so that will be our target again,” he finished.
“They're always hard games, they're always competitive and there’s always a lot at stake.
“It’s at Molineux as well which brings a but of added spice to it.
“After Monday, the boys would be a lot more confident and they will be looking to go again and produce a performance.”