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Pleased With Players' Response

Seyi Olofinjana said Wolves Under-23s paid the penalty for their first half performance in yesterday’s narrow defeat against Stoke City.

The Under-23s coach was pleased with the response from Scott Sellars’ side in the second half, and also the versatility of several players who moved around with others having gone out on loan.

Scott Wara notched the only goal of the game in the 35th minute at the bet365 Stadium.

“It was a game of two halves, and we didn’t play as well as we knew we could in the first half,” said Olofinjana.

“Maybe that was part of playing at the stadium but those kind of stadiums is where they should aspire to be playing.

“Stoke didn’t cause us too many problems - we caused our own problems.

“We gave a cheap goal away, and spoke to the lads at half time and told them to raise the intensity and we spent almost all the second half in their half but again our play in the final third wasn’t good enough.

“With the number of players who’ve gone out on loan we had lads coming in who haven’t been playing as much.

“That was always going to be difficult but I thought the lads handled it very well in the second half and we should have got something from the game.

“Fair play to the lads for stepping in, it shows that we’re doing good work at the football club and the lads understand what we’re doing.

“I’m not sure the last time Hakeem Odoffin played at centre half but he didn’t look out of place.

“Cameron John hasn’t played for a while and he stepped in there and did a wonderful job as well so it goes to show the depth of what we’re trying to do - from that point of view, more than the result, we’re pleased.

“It’s football, wherever you find yourself you must be adaptable,.

“You cannot just play one position, you must be able to play two or three if called upon which is what they’ve done, it’s good.

“We’ll keep plugging away and developing these guys and try and win as many games as we can.” 

Next up for the Under-23s is the visit of Reading, to Telford’s New Bucks Head on Monday (7pm).

“That will be a good test as well but hopefully we can win that one with a good performance,” added Olofinjana.

“We have a full week to prepare which gives us an opportunity to get into them tactically as well.”

PICTURE COURTESY STOKE CITY