Date: 27th July 2017 at 11:54am
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Wolves’ fifth friendly ahead of the upcoming season ended in a victory at Peterborough on Tuesday.

A 1-0 win was secured 20 minutes from time when 16 year old Austin Samuel, marking his senior debut, came off the bench to score the winner at London Road.

Peterborough first-half: Bond, Hughes, Tafazolli, Baldwin (capt), G. Edwards, Maddison, Marriott, Morias, Lopes, Doughty, Grant.
Peterborough second-half: Tibbetts, Shephard, Forrester, Miller, Penny, Chettle, Trialist, Mackall-Smith, Cartwright, Freestone, Borg.

Wolves first-half: Ruddy, Doherty, Vinagre, Miranda, Deslandes, Batth (capt), Cavaleiro, Price, Mason, Ronan, Zyro.
Wolves second-half: Burgoyne, Bennett, D. Edwards, Boly, Coady, Graham, Jota, Enobakhare, Saiss, Douglas, Mason (Samuels 62).
Unused subs: Simpson, Watt, McKenna.

Matt Doherty, one of those involved in the win, said the London Road friendly was ‘a good workout’ and good for the confidence as Wolves recovered from the defeat at Shrewsbury on Saturday.

He told the Official Website: ‘It was a good workout confidence-wise. On Saturday we took a bit of a beating, which isn`t nice in pre-season, especially against a side like Shrewsbury who are quite local. In the first half tonight I thought we were a little bit off it still and I`m not sure why. In the second half I thought the boys really played well. The formation started to really work and they got a deserved goal.’

Doherty added results aren’t the most important thing from pre-season but a win will always be taken as Wolves were ‘solid defensively’ with more goals the next target.

Samuels had been to Holland with Wolves’ U18 squad for pre-season with this involvement his first and Doherty was delighted for the teenager to get the winner, who showed how much it meant to him.

‘The best part was the celebration. John Ruddy, who was sat beside me, said that was his favourite bit. You could see how much it meant to him. Normally in pre-season you might score and just walk back but he ran off hitting the badge, and he may have even kissed it in front of the fans, so that was really nice. You see the passion that he has for scoring in that situation. If he had just walked back then we would probably have just clapped him but seeing him run off like that got us all excited.’

There’s now only one pre-season friendly to go when former Premier League champions Leicester visit Molineux and then it’ll be a start to the Championship season against Middlesbrough the weekend after next.

Full back Doherty finished by looking ahead to both.

‘One more game, a big game as well with Leicester coming to Molineux, so that should be a tough test. That`s what we need. A nice game at Molineux in front of the home fans and ready to go next week. Your whole pre-season is preparing for the first game of the season so we`ve thought about it. You just can`t wait to get going and get back into the season – it`s just a different season altogether.’

Meanwhile, forward Niall Ennis has left Wolves to join Shrewsbury on a season-long loan.

Ennis, 18, saw his first team chances suffer last season, when it looked as if former boss Paul Lambert would involve him, due to injury but now the England U18 international should get plenty of opportunities at Greenhous Meadow.

‘Wolves wish Niall all the best for his loan spell,’ said the statement on the Official Website confirming his loan.

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