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Goalless draw frustrates Edwards

Rob Edwards wants his under-23 players to ‘move on’ from what he called a solid performance in Monday night’s goalless draw with Aston Villa.

Despite numerous chances, Wolves could not find the decisive final touch to seal a victory in a frustrating Premier League 2 clash.

Following the match, which saw Edwards’ side move up to second place in the Division 2 table, the head coach said: “I thought we showed good control at times, obviously frustrated in the end to not make the break through and get a goal. The game was probably crying out for one really.

“But the players stuck to what we try to do, what we believe in, kept trying to do the right things. We did create one or two good chances that I think really on another day we would have taken, but we kept a clean sheet, which if we don’t score that’s the least we can do.”

The match marked the first time the under-23s have failed to hit the back of the net this season, but Edwards believes it was not for the lack of trying.

“Sometimes it happens,” the former defender added. “We never want to draw a blank, but I think we looked dangerous, particularly in the first half, getting down that left-hand side. I thought Ryan Giles put some good crosses in early in the first half and maybe we could have got on the end of one or two things, but things didn’t quite fall for us.

“I think we did have one or two very good chances, one fell to Oskar [Buur] in the second half I remember, Pedro [Goncalves] may have had one as well, but it didn’t break for us tonight and that can happen.”

Although scoring goals has not been a problem for the under-23s this season, at the other end of the pitch, Monday night’s match was the side’s first clean sheet since September.

Edwards was pleased with the impact senior defenders Ethan Ebanks-Landell and Dominic Iorfa, who are currently working with the under-23s, both had on the game.

“I’m pleased for them,” Edwards added. “But pleased for the group as well, because it’s important that we have a good base, and keep clean sheets. I think the whole group were solid and did things well, but I’m pleased for Dom and Ethan.

“Dom’s attitude since he’s been with us has been different class and his performances have been as well. That’s Ethan’s first game with us competitively, he’s been training really well, and I thought he was excellent as well, along with all the players.”

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