By Scott Taylor
Neil Critchley was frustrated that his Liverpool U18s could not fulfil their full potential after twice conceding the lead to draw 2-2 at Wolves on Tuesday evening
Rafael Camacho opened the scoring for the Reds with a sublime free-kick before Jordan Allan responded for the hosts shortly after.
George Johnston scored his second goal in as many games to put the Reds back in front but Allan equalised as the game ended all square at Compton.After the game, Critchley was less than satisfied to only come away with a point. He told liverpoolfc.com: “We are capable of a lot better than what we showed tonight. We are an attacking team and at times we looked vulnerable to their counter-attack but our decision making let us down.”
Head Coach Critchley made three changes from the win against Crewe with goalkeeper Dan Atherton making his first start of the season after replacing the injured Ben Williams in the warm-up.
Adam Lewis replaced Anthony Glennon in defence whilst Yan Dhanda was recalled in place of Rhian Brewster, who dropped to the bench.
Atherton impressed on his return from an injury of his own, and earned praise from his manager, who also highlighted some other positives from the game.
“I was pleased with Dan Atherton and it was nice to see him back. We had long spells of possession and some good moments. It was a good game for the neutral but I only look at my team,” he said.
Liverpool slip to third in the U18 Premier League, but could move level on points with second-placed Manchester United on Saturday with a win over their fiercest rivals as they pair meet at Kirkby.
Liverpool U18s: Atherton, Owens, A Lewis, Masterson, Johnston, Coyle, Adekanye (Blair 66), Hunter, McAuley, Camacho, Dhanda (Simmonds 89).