After the weekend’s disappointing draw with Newcastle United, Wolverhampton Wanderers did continue their turn of form of late as the unbeaten run continues but Wednesday evening’s EFL Cup fourth round clash with locals Aston Villa was always going to be different with bragging rights up for grabs.
Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo obviously rotated the pack and there was a very youthful feel to his starting XI and in fairness, they didn’t give a bad account of themselves against a Villa side carrying far more experience – even though they made changes themselves.
Despite losing 2-1, and the stats don’t make good reading, I think we can take the positives and certainly should given the involvement of our next generation. They’ll benefit from that, they were certainly not embarrassed on the night and remove the local derby factor from the equation, the EFL Cup wasn’t a priority this year anyway.
Speaking to the BBC following the game, Nuno said of our efforts on the night.
“For three seasons in the Carabao Cup, it’s a competition that we’ve wanted to give a chance to youth players, to make them develop and grow. We have competitions to play. This is the same approach we had in all the games in the Carabao Cup, which we respect a lot, we always put players in because we want to build players, build a team, build a better squad for our future.”