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“Individual mistakes can cost you” – Wolves U18 coach Richard Walker’s brutal verdict after red card in Premier League draw at Nottingham Forest

Wolves academy were made to settle for a U18 Premier League point in a share of the spoils at Nottingham Forest on Saturday afternoon.

Fraser Harper gave Richard Walker’s side a deserved lead just after the hour mark following a dominant second-half display, but Connor Brown levelled 15 minutes from time with a deflected equaliser off a Jimmy Storer clearance.

Wolves ended the game with 10 men after Wes Okoduwa was shown a second yellow card as the clock hit 90, but the visitors held firm with a man light to preserve their point.

“We have done enough to win the game,” said Walker.

“Unfortunately, sometimes individual mistakes can cost you. That’s all part of development.”

Wolves currently sit sixth in the PL U18 North division, seven points off leaders Manchester United after five games played.

The Wolves boss felt his side deserved all three points in the East Midlands.

“For 85% of the match, we looked the better team,” said Walker.

“I felt we had better players than them without being disrespectful.

“We defended well with the ball, we had good control, and if anyone was going to score, I thought it would be us, but unfortunately, it wasn’t the case.”

The intense workload has raised concern for Walker and his staff, as his side has recently got back from South Korea after the K League’s inaugural International Youth Cup.

“It’s been demanding on the players, it has been really testing both physically and mentally for the players.

“I think they have coped really well; it’s been a slog, and the performance today was testament to that.”

Leeds are up next for Wolves in five days’ time as the Yorkshire side travel to the Sir Jack Hayward training ground.

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