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Boss: Forget Forest

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12:00 14th March 2013

Saunders eager to bounce back

Dean Saunders has urged his Wolves players to forget about last weekend's defeat to Nottingham Forest and continue what he considers an upturn in performance levels when Bristol City visit Molineux on Saturday.

Saunders claimed his first win as Wolves boss against Millwall nine days ago, and although he saw his team beaten at promotion-chasing Forest, he believes that recent displays will give his side confidence going into Saturday's crucial clash.

"I think it has turned," Saunders said ahead of the game. "We played well at Barnsley, we should have got a good result against Cardiff - then we got a draw against Watford and beat Millwall.

"We then ran into Forest on Saturday, and they've really got it going now after under-achieving for a while, so we can't allow that defeat to knock us."

After going behind in the first half at the City Ground, Wolves were briefly back on level terms through Matt Doherty's header before the home side went on to win 3-1 - their fifth successive win.

However, Saunders is adamant that his players can take plenty of positives from their encounter with the division's form team.

"We could have got something out of the Forest game and we let it slip - but I don't think the players were upset at the performance.

"It's just because we came up against a Forest team who have players who can all score, they had the likes of Billy Sharp, Lewis McGugan and Guy Moussi on the bench, and their two strikers - Dexter Blackstock and Simon Cox - are worth £2m each.

"All their midfielders are worth money - a lot of them would get into the League's team of the year - then most of their defenders have played in the Premier League. They're a good team."

He continued: "Without wanting to be boring and saying things supporters don't want to hear, we can't let the Forest defeat knock us."

Midweek results elsewhere in the nPower Championship saw Wolves to slip to second from bottom in the league table, with just nine games remaining.

With five of those matches at Molineux, Saunders is hopeful that Wolves can carry forward the belief gained from the recent away performances and end their three-month long wait for a home win.

"We've got to carry on from where we were and I feel like we matched another top team last Saturday, after matching Watford and Cardiff.

"We got a bit of belief from Millwall - coming away from the New Den we were thinking how comfortable the win was. We made it look easy."

He added: "We could be sitting here saying we haven't won for 15 games, but we've won a game now so it shows we can do it.

"We've now got four or our next six games at home, so let's look forward to them."

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