James Collins was pleased his under-23 side were able to close out 2020 with three consecutive wins but the head coach is expecting a much tougher 2021.
The development side overcame Newcastle United, West Bromwich Albion and Norwich City in their final three Premier League 2 Division 2 matches of the year, with the victory against the Canaries on Monday seeing Wolves without key men Taylor Perry and Theo Corbeanu due to their call ups to the first-team for their Premier League match against Burnley.
But Collins understands that with the number of substitutes allowed on Premier League benches being increased to nine, and the prospect of some of his players heading out on loan in January, the second-half of the season will be much tougher than the first.
On win against Norwich
“I thought we were excellent. From start to finish, it got nervy at the end when they got a goal back, but I thought we were really good in all aspects; or press was really good, our shape was really good, the boys were really at it and I thought we could’ve had more goals. We were really deserving of the win.
“I said to the coaches when the players went back out after half-time, 1-0 isn’t enough. I felt that we could almost get complacent because it had been comfortable in the first-half, but 1-0 is a close scoreline.
“Then, Luke [Cundle] had a chance at the start of the second-half, and it was a chance he’d expect to score, but then when the second goal came, I thought, ‘Great, we’ve got that bit of comfort,’ and then we defended well for the majority of the game.”