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13:27 18th March 2013

Hunt positive after vital victory

Saturday's Man of the Match Stephen Hunt has demanded more of the same from both players and supporters as Wolves continue their bid to beat the drop from the nPower Championship.

The Irishman's comments after the draw against Watford at the beginning of the month attracted criticism from some sections of Wolves' support, but after playing a starring role in the comeback win against Bristol City, Hunt insists that there is no problem between him and the fans.

Hunt set up both Sylvan Ebanks-Blake's equaliser and Kevin Doyle's header, which won the game - celebrating the second goal with his team-mates and jubilant fans in the Billy Wright Stand.

"It's not me against the fans or anything like that - it's all of us in it together," Hunt said after being awarded the Man of the Match champagne.

"I've always had the support of the fans here - it wasn't me having a go at them last time, it was me having a go at everything.

"I can deal with it, being called whatever - I can take it on the chin. I can take abuse, but I'm sure the fans can take some back."

During his time at Wolves, Hunt has already provided one decisive moment in a relegation scrap - the winger scored the crucial second goal in the 3-2 defeat to Blackburn Rovers on the last day of the 2010/2011 Premier League season.

Now, with the club a point off Championship safety with eight games of the campaign remaining, Hunt believes that character of the side, added to their previous experience of a survival dogfight, could prove invaluable.

"It was important that we stuck together on Saturday," he explained. "Things weren't going for us at times, and obviously we've gifted them a goal which they were quite happy to then sit back and defend.

"We had to try and break them down then, and to do so was pleasing. The reaction from all of us when we scored the second one was good - all of us celebrated together with the fans.

"We're going to need everyone from now until the end of the season, the fans included. We've got strong characters in the dressing room - a lot of players in there have been relegated before and we know what it's like, so we're going to stick together and battle for the rest of the season."

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