Date: 20th July 2018 at 10:52am
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Wolverhampton Wanderers’ preparations for our return to the top-flight in the season of 2018/19 continued with a 1-1 draw against Dutch side Ajax at Walsall’s Banks’s Stadium on Thursday afternoon.

Ajax are renowned for their Academy and the quality of player they produce that took them to plenty of success across their years in existence and they did finish in second place in the Eredivisie last season, so were a good test for us as we continue building fitness ahead of the big kick-off and we did fall behind in the game, needing a Ruben Neves penalty to draw level in the second half.

Wolves:

Norris (Ruddy 46), Doherty, Bennett (Goncalves 71), Cavaleiro (Ashley-Seal 71), Neves (Watt 84), Costa (Enobakhare 84), Giles (John 84), Boly (Batth 84), Coady (Hause 84), Gibbs-White (Saiss 71), Jota (Mir 84).

Unused sub:

Patricio.

Goals – Neves (pen 74).

Ajax:

Onana, Kristensen, de Jong (Blind 46), de Ligt, Tagliafico, van der Beek (de Wit 78), Neres, Mazraoui (Jensen 86), Huntelaar (Sierhuis 84), Eiting, Lang.

Unused subs:

van Bladeren, Bakboord.

Goals – der Beek (45+1).

Referee: Oliver Langford.

A draw against a damn good European side should never be sniffed at but it’s another step towards full fitness for the campaign ahead and that’s what it’s all about at this stage of pre-season as fans are fully aware of. Far better taking draws against the likes of Ajax than wins or losses against our usual opposition at this time of year. Does make a nice change!

 

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