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'Be Our Twelfth Man'


09:15 15th March 2013

Edwards wants 'intense' atmosphere

Midfielder Dave Edwards has called on Wolves fans to be the team's 'twelfth man' ahead of tomorrow's crunch relegation battle with Bristol City.
The Welshman has previous experience of just how influential the Molineux crowd can be, having played in some of the club's most memorable home games in recent years - including the Premier League triumph over Manchester City, in which he scored the second-half winner.
Whilst acknowledging the contrast with the current circumstances, Edwards believes that the fans can play an equally huge role when the nPower Championship's bottom two take to the field tomorrow.
"At home, the fans are such a big factor," he admits. "I know it's a cliche, but they really are like the twelfth man. If they're right behind us on Saturday then obviously it'll give us a little bit extra and that might be the difference between winning and losing.
"But it's up to us to create that atmosphere ourselves on the pitch, we're the ones that have to give them something to shout about.
"If we can start fast, pressure them inside their own half and keep winning the loose balls we'll make it difficult for them. The fans will get behind us then and create that intense atmosphere that we need."
Wolves currently occupy 23rd position in the Championship, with their poor home form a key factor in the alarming slide in recent months.
The last time the Molineux faithful were able to celebrate a win was back in December - when a Marlon King own goal gave Wolves victory over Birmingham City - and Edwards says that the players share the disappointment of the seven-game winless run.
"I can understand their frustration, but we feel it as well - the management, the staff and all the players," the midfielder says.
"We're more disappointed than anyone about our current form and the situation we're in, but we know that we're the only ones who can get ourselves out of it as well."
He continues: "We understand that a club of our size shouldn't be in the position that we're in and it's up to us to rectify it, with the help of the fans. 
Despite the league position still providing plenty of cause for concern, manager Dean Saunders believes performances have been steadily improving, and Edwards agrees with his fellow countryman.
The 27 year-old, who scored the opening goal as Wolves picked up their first win in thirteen at Milwall last week, says that there are plenty of positives to be taken from the victory at the New Den and the performance against in-form Nottingham Forest last weekend.
"I think the Forest game was one that could have gone either way," he explains. "But they're full of confidence and they had the home crowd right behind them. 
"The confidence was evident - they put their chances away and we missed a couple, and unfortunately we ended up on the wrong side of the result.
"We know we're not far off, performance-wise, but we know that at this point in the season, performances don't matter - it's all about results.

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