Kilman keen not to dwell on debut feeling

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Max Kilman has vowed not to dwell on his first Premier League start on Sunday against Sheffield United.

Kilman has gradually improved since signing from Chelsea in 2018, where he impressed on loan at Maidstone, shining for the Under-23s and made his league debut at the end of last season with a last-minute cameo in May’s 1-0 win over Fulham.

After featuring against Pyunik Yerevan in August’s Europa League qualifiers, the 22-year-old also started both Group K matches against Slovan Bratislava.

The 22-year-old has also featured in the EFL Cup against Reading and Aston Villa but finally made his full Premier League bow in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Sheffield United.

Injuries to Ryan Bennett and Willy Boly have meant Nuno has needed to be creative with his defensive combinations.

Kilman undoubtedly impressed his coach and who gave him special praise after the match, being quoted by the Express & Star as saying: “He’s ready.

“He’s getting stronger, so let’s keep on building.”

The Londoner will hope to retain his place for Wednesday’s visit of West Ham and was clearly inspired after his showing against the Blades.

However, rather than get carried away, Kilman is determined to maintain his focus.

“It was unbelievable, I never expected to be playing a couple of years ago, to finally get that first game, I’m very relieved and really happy,” Kilman told the club website.

He added: “I never change, I always need to keep my head down and keep working. Whatever team is out there, our main focus is to win and get the result.”

Sunday’s 1-1 draw with the Blades extended Wolves’ unbeaten run in the Premier League to nine matches.

They will hope to extend that run against the Hammers before travelling to Brighton on Saturday and ending their European pool stage campaign at home to Besiktas on December 12.