Wolverhampton Wanderers loanee Anthony Forde struggled to adapt to 'frenetic' pace of Scunthorpe United's game at Notts County
MANAGER Brian Laws says Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Anthony Forde struggled to come to the terms with the pace of the game on his Scunthorpe United debut.
The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international played more than 70 minutes of Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Notts County, 48 hours after joining the Iron on loan for the final seven weeks of the season.
He was then substituted for Andy Barcham at Meadow Lane, the man who he had replaced in the starting line-up.
Forde, 19, drifted in and out of the game against the Magpies and Laws admits the teenager had been surprised by the speed of play.
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“Anthony found the pace of the game pretty frenetic to say the least,” said the Iron boss, of a midfielder who has made 12 appearances in the Championship this season, albeit 11 of those from the bench.
“He’s been playing Premier League reserve football and the tempo of the game today compared to what he is used to is miles apart.
“The 60 minutes he got under his belt will give him the opportunity to understand what we're about. It gives him something to build on.
“I said to him it would be a quick game, but I don't think he quite believed it would be as quick as it was.
“He’s used to having time and space on the ball but in this league people close you down and don’t give you that space.
“He’s a footballer for sure. You can see he can pick a pass out and he’s looking because he wants to probe but he needs to quicken his game up to give us that extra bit of quality were looking for.
“The pace is completely different and I think that's what caught him out.”
Forde has not played for Wolves since Dean Saunders was appointed boss at Molineux in January.
He did though feature in six games in the Premier League last season under Mick McCarthy, including against Chelsea and Arsenal.