Ebanks-Landell scored but Wolves lost

The Reserves and Development Team of Wolves on Tuesday lost to the Sunderland Reserves with two goals to one.

The match was played – for reasons unknown – behind locked doors at Compton. This was a step up for our young Development team and the purpose was to get the team used to what they will meet when playing in the Premier Reserves League that will start on the last day of August with a match against Everton.

Matty Hill was the only one from the Wolves first team playing. I guess that the club and his agent are busy trying to find the defender a new club. In Sunderland two senior players could be found; Tainio and Healey.

Wolves also started the young just signed striker Jake Cassidy, but he sadly had to go off before half time as he didn’t feel well. But he will surely get plenty of chances to impress in the Development Team during the season.

Ethan Ebanks-Landell was back after injury and scored with a header from up close to make Wolves take the lead in the first half, but The Black Cats managed to level on a penalty by David Healey after the hour and Ryan Noble scored the second Sunderland goal on a rebounce with about a quarter of an hour left to play.

According to the reports Wolves was the better team in the first half, but Sunderland stepped up the tempo in the second half and managed to grab the victory. The Sunderland coach Bertsching was pleased with their last pre-season game (from the Sunderland official site):

It was a really good workout, a tough game. We started slowly before realising we had to play at full tempo if we were going to get anything. The match had a good pace about it and we can come away having had a really good workout.”

Wolves coach Weaver were equally pleased with the match, despite the defeat (from the Wolves official site):

It was a really good test for us and just what we needed. The lads have done well in pre-season and got some good results but this was probably more like the sort of fixtures will get in the Reserve League against Premier League teams who are similar to us. And Sunderland had some good players. But while it’s always disappointing to lose having been in front – particularly as we could have gone or two or three goals ahead in the first half – it was a good test which should continue to help with our preparation for the season.

The Development team will probable have to work very hard to get to the points in the Premier Reserves League this season, but Wolves are on the right track in building up this structure. And with add-ons like Jake Cassidy and (not confirmed yet) Matt Doherty it looks more and more complete.


Striker Cassidy against SunderlandStriker Cassidy in Wolves shirt against Sunderland


~ by paddytheflea on August 19, 2010.

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