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All Is Not Lost

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10:30 16th April 2013

Boss remaining upbeat

Manager Dean Saunders says his unshakable self-belief means he still has faith that he can lead his Wolves side out of danger this season.

Wolves go into this evening's clash with promotion-chasing Hull City languishing in the nPower Championship's bottom three, two points from safety with only four games left to play.

However, Saunders was in a characteristically upbeat mood around Wolves' Compton Park training ground this week, and says that the belief he has held throughout his playing and managerial career will stand him in good stead going into the season's final weeks.

"All is not lost," he said. "We've got four games left and we probably need three results from those. We're capable of doing that - we'll know more about the points tally we're going to need after tonight's game.

"It's going to be a high total for staying up and a low total for getting into the play-offs - it's a strange league this year. We won four out of five and we're still down there.

"It all seems to be going against us at the moment, but you've got to embrace the challenge, and we've got a big challenge in front of us. We're capable of doing it though," he continued.

"We came in on Sunday for training and I had to pick them off the floor, but one look at the league table shows that we're not dead yet. We know what we need to do."

Facing the media at Compton yesterday, Saunders drew on his own experience of bouncing back from disappointments - as his players attempt to recover from Saturday's Molineux defeat to Huddersfield Town.

"I told the players the other day how I got released from Swansea when I was 18. I'd been out for two years with a cruciate injury anyway, then they released me. It's a slap in the face really - you think you're going to be a footballer then someone takes that away from you.

"I was distraught at the time, but I got through it. In that situation, you either do something else, or you fight on - and I fought. I went on trial to Brighton, did well there and that gave me some belief.

"From that day on, I kept believing that I could play at the next level and I worked my way up gradually," he added.

"Then, when I played at Liverpool and I won a cup final, I was walking down the steps at Wembley and looking at my winners' medal and I thought 'I got released by Swansea a couple of years ago, and look at me now'.

"That belief and that experience made me as positive as I am today. I've been the same as a manager. I started off at Wrexham, with no money and everything going against us, and did well, then I did the same in similar circumstances at Doncaster and I'm going to do the same here."

Whilst acknowledging that the 'lingering threat' of relegation is a worry, Saunders believes that the club will pull through their current troubles, and emerge as a stronger force.

"You might as well pack it all in now if you think the worst is going to happen," he said. "Relegation is obviously a possibility - I'm not blind to that.

"But I think we've shown that we can win these games and the players have got to take that belief into the remaining fixtures. We've had a massive kick in the teeth, but as I said earlier, you either stay on the floor or you get back up.

"The ones that get back up are the ones that make it, and the ones that do something with their life."

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