Wolves under-23s will be hoping to bounce back from Monday’s defeat to Reading when they face Premier League 2 newcomers Nottingham Forest at Aggborough this evening.
James Collins’ side have a win and a loss from their opening two matches of the Division 2 season, after a well-earned victory over Middlesbrough at home was followed up by a 3-0 loss to the Royals at the Select Car Leasing Stadium earlier this week.
The under-23s return home on Friday night as they aim to get back to winning ways against Forest, who were recently promoted into Premier League 2 from the Professional Development League after being granted Category One Academy status.
This evening’s opposition picked up their first point of their new campaign when they held last season’s relegated side from Division 1 Southampton to a goalless draw at the Impact Arena, following a 5-2 defeat to Aston Villa in their opening match.
With the game kicking off at 7pm, Wolves season ticket holders can watch Wolves under-23’s home matches for free by producing their season ticket smartcards at the turnstiles on arrival.
For non-season ticket holders, admission is priced at £4 for adults, £2 for concessions and it’s free for under-16s, although under-16s will need to process a ticket to be scanned at the turnstile by clicking here. Tickets should be purchased in advance of the match.
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Please do not attend the match if you or anyone else you are attending with has any Covid-19 symptoms, and although face coverings are not mandatory, supporters are asked to be mindful as some attendees may still be more comfortable wearing a face covering.
Supporters who are unable to attend the game at Aggborough can watch all the action live as the match is streamed online via wolves.co.uk, the Wolves App and the Wolves YouTube channel.
0-3 vs Reading (A)
2-1 vs Middlesbrough (H)
2-3 vs Crystal Palace (A) POSF
0-0 vs Southampton (H)
2-5 vs Aston Villa (A)
1-1 vs Queens Park Rangers (H) PDL
WHAT THE BOSS THINKS
Head coach James Collins believes that despite being a newly promoted side, Wolves cannot afford to take Forest lightly this evening.
“They’re new to Premier League 2 this season as they’re now a category one academy, so they’re a team who have recruited knowing they’re coming into this ‘cat one’ environment.
“They’ve got a lot of players in their squad, a mixture of youth and experience. I know Harry Arter played for them in midfield against Southampton on Monday, so they’ve got a good mixture of the two.
“What they are is energetic, high tempo and very enthusiastic. We’re going to have to be on top of our game to get anything out of it.”
On Forest’s start to the season
“Nottingham Forest have always been a football club that has produced good young players. They’ve got players through into their first-team in the past and I’m sure they will continue to do so.
“Now they’re cat one, they want to attract and compete against the best teams in the country, so they obviously feel like they’re prepared for that, otherwise they wouldn’t have committed the resources.
“They have the excitement of coming into the league and the excitement of a new challenge and it’s almost like being promoted. You get the knock-on effect from coming up and playing them early in the season, we’ve got to deal with that energy and edge that will cause us a problem.”
27/08 Nottingham Forest (H)
31/08 Wigan Athletic* (A) PJT
03/09 West Ham United (H) PLC
10/09 Burnley (A)
20/09 Fulham (H)
*indicates first-team opposition