Cundle | 'It wasn’t meant to be'

Wolves midfielder Luke Cundle believes the under-23s have got their sights set on finishing the season in the play-off spots despite having fallen to league leaders Leeds United in their latest clash.

The development side are sat in third place in Premier League 2 Division 2, and were trailing Leeds by 14 points – with three games in hand over their rivals – ahead of Friday’s loss, but defeat at Aggborough against a Leeds side which included several senior stars, including two goals for cub record signing Rodrigo, has given the side an almost unassailable lead at the top of the table.

With the teams in second to fifth come the end of the season being rewarded with a place in the play-offs and just four points separating seven sides, it means Wolves’ eyes are on achieving a place in the post-season competition.

On defeat against the league leaders

“It was a difficult game. In the first-half, we conceded a sloppy first goal off the set-piece, but we knew that was coming and was the plan for them, but we didn’t react to it.

“In the second-half we pressed them a bit better. The rotation in their midfield caught us out a bit in the first-half and I thought we dealt better with that in the second-half.

“Even the last 20 minutes of the first-half really, because we created some really good chances but we just couldn’t get the goal.

“But we felt like we didn’t do enough to win the game anyway, I thought they were the better side and deserved the win.”

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On facing an experienced Leeds side

“It was great to play against some of the Premier League players who were out there for Leeds. It’s always good to play tough opposition. You’re always learning when you’re up against those types of players.

“We knew before the game that they could drop a few players down and we were prepared for that, but we just wanted to put in a good performance against them and show what we were capable of.

“But we could’ve done more today, been braver and make more passes with each other.”

On the winning run coming to an end

“We were coming off a bit of good form and we were hoping that today we could’ve got another win which would have pushed us up.

“We’ve got a few games in hand over the teams above us, but it wasn’t meant to be today, we’ve just got to go against next week.

“We’d rather have the points on the board, but we’ve got to play those games in hand and then we’ll see where we end up.”

Cundle disappointed with Leeds defeat

On pushing for the play-off spots

“Maybe we can’t challenge Leeds now because they’re too far gone, but maybe we can get in those play-off places.

“There’s a few teams challenging. All the league is very tight from top to bottom, and there are only a few points separating all of us, so it will be a good an interesting one.”