Wanderers starlet Morgan Gibbs-White spoke passionately of his first-team aspirations, as Wolves Under-23s succumbed to a late 2-1 defeat against midland rivals Aston Villa at Molineux.
The centre-half put in a very promising performance despite the late collapse, which saw the visitors come from behind to score twice late on and claim all three points.
The 17-year-old bemoaned the “disappointing” result but remained adamant that the team “played well”.
Wolves Under-23s remain in the play-off spots on 30 points and still maintain a couple of games in hand on runaway leaders Swansea, whom they face next weekend.Embed from Getty Images
Gibbs-White showcased his mercurial midfield talents to the maximum in what was an impressive display of dominance from the home side.
Following a drab first-half, Wolves had lead through frenetic forward Donovan Wilson, breaking the offside trap just inside the opposition half, before coolly slotting past Viktor Johannson.
The Villa equaliser came courtesy of a dubiously awarded penalty, Gibbs-White himself believed it was a “harsh” call. “It’s a tough one really, I thought it was a bit harsh. I didn’t really see anything in it.”
Rory Hale it was, who converted expertly from 12 yards to draw the teams level with a quarter of an hour still to play.
The returning Jordan Lyden was then able to capitalise on some vital Villa possession in the closing stages, as he surged into the box and found the roof of Harry Burgoyne’s net, thus turning the score-line on its head.Embed from Getty Images
But despite the result, Gibbs-White cited “good preparation” as the key and backed the players to get a result against Swansea: “We recover well, come in tomorrow, train properly and then just prepare as normal.”
He also remains assured that the Under-23s can climb up the divisions: “I think we’ve got it in us, I think we just need to just try and get more points and get back up the table.”
The midfielder spoke highly about potential first-team opportunities: “I’ve proven it, it’s just whether the gaffer will put me in there.” The youngster implied great admiration for the first-team squad, highlighting their “desire” as the key draw factor for him. “There’s a lot more desire in wanting to win and the tempo of play is a bit quicker.”
Kortney Hause and Connor Coady were among the first-team names that he spoke about in high regard: “Kortney and Connor took me under their wing. I look up to them because they put 110% in training every day.”
The most encouraging thing being, Gibbs-White’s belief that this crop of players can compete amongst the best: “I think we’ve proven that we can handle division one, because we played against Everton and showed a good performance against them.” Even suggesting they “should’ve” won the game. A fresh and revitalised outlook from one of Wanderers’ brightest talents, the best is yet to come from an eager and hungry group of talent.